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Kenneth R. Dorn Collection: Regional History

Access to the Regional History at the Evans Library.

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The Kenneth R. Dorn Regional History Study Center

A special collection for readers and researchers, providing in-depth focus on Mohawk Valley history from colonial to recent times, the Kenneth R. Dorn Regional History Collection actively accumulates books and a vertical file of journal articles, many of which are not available in other valley libraries.

Special Collections - The David F. Nestle and the Eber Davis collections, through primary documents and photographs, present a comprehensive understanding of the Fonda, Johnstown and Gloversville Railroad (1867-1984).

Other Specialties - the Dorn Collection contains source materials on Canadian Loyalists and also UMI Masters and Doctoral theses on valley history and those who made it.  It does not contain genealogical works or rare, primary source documents.

Our mission is to gather and provide historical materials in traditional and electronic formats relevant to that geographic area known in colonial times as Tryon County, now comprising the counties of Fulton, Montgomery, Hamilton, Schoharie, Herkimer, Schenectady and Saratoga counties.


Where: The Dorn Collection is housed at the Evans Library, Fulton Montgomery Community College, 2805 State Highway 67, Johnstown, N.Y.

Access: Collection materials are available during Evans Library hours. 

  • BROWSE the collection holdings.
  • SEARCH the collection.
  • Request access to locked cabinets at the Circulation desk. 
  • Some items, due to scarcity or fragility, are available for in-library use only.  Others may be borrowed for a maximum of three weeks.
  • Materials in the Nestle and Davis Collections must be consulted only at the Evans Library with the assistance of Library Staff.

Free Consultation Service - Collection Curator Peter C. Betz can be available upon a timely request via

Fulton-Montgomery Photographic Archives

This collection of photographs and other historical documents from the Fulton & Montgomery County area is a valued part of the Dorn collection. It contains records from various local historical and government organizations, digitized and organized to assist researchers and all those interested in our region’s past. Click the image below to access the archives.

Digital Public Library of America

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. Fulton-Montgomery Community College (FMCC) contributes materials to DPLA. Click on "Exhibitions" and enter Fulton-Montgomery Community College in the search box to see the items added to the DPLA by FMCC.

Evans Library in the Digital Public Library of America

This site is a research portal for students, educators, historians, genealogists, and others who are interested in the Empire State's history. NewYork Heritage contains hundreds of digital collections about New York State's people, places, and institutions and brings together freely accessible digital collections from libraries, museums and archives from all over the state.

Explore the NYS Historic Newspapers project and find free online access to a wide range of newspapers chosen to reflect New York's unique history.

Local Resources

Mohawk Valley Web - newspaper articles, directories and other historical documents from Fulton, Montgomery & other regional counties.

Highlights for the Dorn Collection

Amsterdam Village Directory (1867-68)

Amsterdam Village Directory (1867-68)

This Amsterdam Village Directory 1867-68 was the first published listing of Amsterdam residents, local government officials, and businesses. Other than contemporary state or federal censuses, it is the earliest source for determining who resided in Amsterdam at that time.  It is a very useful tool for local genealogical research.  This item is restricted to in-library use only.