The Hudson River Maritime Museum’s digital collection reflects the maritime and industrial history of the Hudson River, primarily from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries.
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Browse the Oral History Collection: The Hudson River Maritime Museum’s Hudson River Commercial Fishermen’s Oral History Collection consists of nearly 20 interviews with commercial fishermen in the early 1990s. Ten of these interviews have been digitized and are available here on HRVH through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Locations discussed range from New York City to Albany and time periods from the 1920s to the 1990s. The focus of these interviews is primarily on the decline of the commercial fishing industry, including changes in fishing techniques and gear, changes in water quality and pollution, economic and market changes, and changes in fishing populations, including government regulation.
Browse the Hudson River Day Line Collection: The Hudson River Maritime Museum’s Hudson River Day Line Collection is an extensive archive of photographs, objects, ephemera and printed materials from the 1860s through 1971.The Hudson River Day Line was the most famous of the Hudson River steamboat lines carrying millions of passengers over the decades on excursion trips from New York to Albany and points in between on fast, beautifully appointed steamers. Images from the steamboats Armenia, Daniel Drew, Chauncey Vibbard, Albany, New York, Hendrick Hudson, Robert Fulton, Washington Irving, DeWitt Clinton, Peter Stuyvesant, Alexander Hamilton and Chauncey M. Depew are represented in this digital collection. The photos and ephemera presented here are part of the extensive Donald Ringwald Collection at the Hudson River Maritime Museum. Ringwald was the leading expert on the Hudson River Day Line and the author of the book, “Hudson River Day Line,” as well as numerous articles and two other Hudson River maritime books, “The Mary Powell” and “Steamboats for Rondout.”