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.
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.