Scope and Content Note

The files mostly contain "field editorial copy" prepared by field workers for several statewide and local projects.

Each essay usually has a cover sheet giving the following information: author (field worker); title; subject; date; number of words; district number; county; city or town; and "index number" (a subject classification code number used for filing purposes). A set of field editorial copy was retained in the district office and other copies were forwarded to the state director's office in Albany.

This copy was used in the preparation of the following published and unpublished writing projects: New York: A Guide to the Empire State (published); New York State Encyclopedia; New York State Almanac; Historical Album of New York State; and various city guides.

The subjects of these essays vary widely. Some general topics included are: local history; origin of place names; local biography; folklore; historic sites and structures; and natural history.

Also included is some correspondence of the acting district supervisor with the state director and field workers. This correspondence is usually filed at the beginning of the files of field editorial copy for each major writing project. It contains information on: the amount of work completed on projects; the format of editorial copy requested by the state director's office; general work assignments; procedures for organizing and filing editorial copy; and the types of essays to be prepared for different projects.

At the end of the series are maps, pamphlets, brochures, local histories, and other secondary source material used by the district office.