The Missing Chapter: Untold Stories of the African American Presence in the Mid-Hudson Valley web site is maintained and hosted by the Southeastern New York Library Resources Council.


This website was supported by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Researcher Susan Stessin-Cohn
Educational Resources
Principal Assistant Luciano Valdivia
Information Management Systems Zack Spalding
Metadata Creator Jennifer Palmentiero
Grant Writer/Project Manager Tessa Killian
Transcribers Jasper Clark
 Robin Sedgwick
 Margaret Stanne
 Michael Staub
 Susan Stessin-Cohn
 Luciano Valdivia
Classroom Consultant Linda Sinforoso
Consultants Rose Rudnitski, Ph.D.
 A.J. Williams-Meyers, Ph.D.
 Robert David Cohn
 Sean Doyle
 LouAnne Kirkwood
Technical Consultant Adam Paul Cohn

Participating Organizations and Private Collections:

Documents on this site come from a variety of archives, libraries, and private collections around New York State, primarily from Ulster County, New York.

Below is a list of organizations and individuals that own the original documents on this site and generously shared images for this collection.

  • Historic Huguenot Street
  • Ulster County Surrogates Court
  • Ulster County Clerks Office
  • Senate House State Museum
  • Haviland Heidgard Historical Collection, Elting Memorial Library
  • SUNY New Paltz
  • New York State Library
  • National Archives and Records Administration
  • Herkimer County Historical Society, Susan Perkins, Executive Director
  • Rochester Dutch Reformed Church, Charles Logan, Deacon
  • Adriance Memorial Library
  • Joan Miller
  • Amy LeFevre
  • Tanya Sheehan
  • Elliott Clarke

Digital Advisory Committee:

Helene Tieger, Bard College

John Ansley, Marist College
Bob Clark, Franklin D. Roosevelt Museum and Library
James Cosgrove, Marlboro Free Library
Morgan Gwenwald, SUNY New Paltz
Jerry Henry, Newburgh Free Library
Jeff Katz, Bard College (Board Liaison)
Ron Patkus, Vassar College
Clifton Patrick, Chester Historical Society
Sally Pellegrini, New City Library
Christopher Pryslopski, Hudson River Valley Institute
Laurie Shedrick, Mid-Hudson Library System
Susan Stessin-Cohn, Historic Huguenot Street

SENYLRC Liaisons
Tessa Killian
Jennifer Palmentiero
John Shaloiko
Zack Spalding


This project would not have been possible without the help and support of the staff at Southeastern: John Shaloiko, who gave us the freedom to create this project; Jennifer Palmentiero for her fabulous Metadata records; Zack Spalding for his unyielding patience and for making this website come alive; and Tessa Killian for having the vision to create and write this grant.

I would like to thank Rose Rudnitski, Ph.D. for her work on the Hidden Heritage segment. Nina Postopack, Laurie Hancock and Ken Grey of the Ulster County Clerk's Office for their unlimited assess to the County's 18th century collection of court and legal records. Carol Johnson and Marion Ryan for their research assistance at the Haviland-Heidgerd Collection at the Elting Library.

And a special thank you to Luciano Valdivia, who in his last semester at SUNY New Paltz, dedicated so much time and effort into assisting with the writing, editing, and scanning needed for this website. His work has been invaluable.

The staff at Southeastern would especially like to acknowledge Susan Stessin Cohn. This project was only possible because of her passion and the total dedication shown as she researched every person and story told in The Missing Chapter. She literally followed every lead until she found the primary sources to support these previously untold stories. Her enthusiasm captivated countless others who contributed time and talents to this project.