New York State Provincial Congress Administrative Papers

Held by the New York State Archives

Overview of the Records


New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

This series contains depositions, correspondence, accounts, instructions, and minutes of committees of the Provincial Congress. Subjects include raising, paying, and supplying troops; instructions to military commanders and militia; requests for exemption from military service; desertion of soldiers; enemy troop movements; accusations against British colonial government officials and loyalists; and debt payment with various currencies in use. Records are in fragile condition due to burn damage.
0.5 cubic feet; Microfilm 1 roll; 35mm.
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Scope and Content Note

These records document the Provincial Congress's direction of the internal affairs of New York as an extralegal administrative body operating outside of the British colonial government administration.

There are depositions, correspondence, accounts, instructions, and extracts from minutes of various committees concerning: supplying arms, ammunition, clothing, and other stores to troops; bounty payments to soldiers; payments to officers; raising troops; orders and instructions to military commanders and militia; requests for exemption from military service; desertions of soldiers; enemy troop movement; actions of British colonial government officials; accusations against loyalists or persons suspected of loyalty to Great Britain; and various currencies in use and payment of debts.

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

Records are fragile due to burn damage. Use is restricted. Microfilm is first use copy.

Alternate Formats Available

Microform is available at the New York State Archives through interlibrary loan.

Selected documents from volumes 34-39 were published in Calendar of Historical Manuscripts Relating to the War of the Revolution in the Office of the Secretary of State (Albany, 1868).

Related Information

Other finding aids

Rough alphabetical name and subject index to part of series (old Volume 34).

Custodial History

The records were at one time bound by the Secretary of State's office as Volumes 34-39 of a series titled "Papers Laid Before the Provincial Congress." Volumes 36-39 were destroyed and the remaining records suffered severe burn damage in the State Capitol fire in 1911.

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