Middleburgh Library
 
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In 1937 a committee of Middleburgh’s leading citizens who had recognized the need for suitable quarters for a village library, arranged for the purchase of a building on the corner of Main Street and Wells Avenue.  With this move, the present Middleburgh Library was established.  One of those interested persons, Frances Spencer, the librarian, had a keen interest in history and genealogy, and personally gathered great amounts of material which would eventually be housed in a new fireproof room built in 1963 at the back of the main library.

For the historian, there is an impressive collection.  For example: 30 county histories, 50 years of New York State Historical Society magazines, 10 volumes of Messages and Papers of the Presidents, 10 volumes of Public Papers of George Clinton, a Revolutionary War Series, 12 volumes of Sir William Johnson Papers and books on the Oneida and Iroquois. In addition there is and a whole section on Schoharie County, including the works of Simm and Roscoe.

For the genealogist, we have a 10-drawer Master Name File, alphabetically arranged with thousands of names and references to information found about that person.  We have the 1855 Middleburgh Census on file cards, the Book of Names by MacWethy, Cady’s records, cemetery and church records, census records, marriage records, a few family bibles, and military records of the four wars.  Middleburgh Library own at least 150 family genealogies printed in hard or soft cover form, or in manila folders when information is limited.

The Christopher Best Medical Exhibit located on Clauverwie Road in the Best House was bequeathed to the Middleburgh Library Association in 1991 by the late Dr. Duncan Best.  It served as home and office to two generations of country doctors over a period of 100 years.  All the furnishings are original to the house.  It contains a wealth of community history and presents life as it was between 1870 and the 1940’s.  The medical office is maintained just as it was used.

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Copyright © permission granted by Schoharie County Council Senior Citizens to reprint. p.123 of J.R. Simms History of Schoharie County and the Border Wars, 1974.
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