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New York Colony Council Minutes


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Overview of the Records

Repository:

New York State Archives
New York State Education Department
Cultural Education Center
Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
This series consists of bound volumes of minutes of the legislative and executive sessions of the Council of the Colony of New York. The council shared executive and legislative powers with the governor. Minutes include laws, orders, and resolutions concerning the court system, land titles, land development, commerce, relations with Indians, and taxation.
Creator:
Title:
New York Colony Council minutes
Quantity:

19 cubic feet

Quantity:

97 volume(s)

Quantity:

13 35mm microfilm roll(s)

Inclusive Dates:
1668-1783
Series Number:
A1895
Sponsor:
With support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS Grant number ST-03-27-0006-17) and the William Nelson Cromwell Foundation.

Arrangement

Chronological.

Scope and Content Note

These are bound volumes of minutes of the legislative and executive sessions of the Council of the Colony of New York, established by the British colonial government in 1664. The council shared executive and legislative powers with the governor. Minutes include laws, orders, and resolutions concerning: establishment and organization of courts; granting and settlement of land; regulation and construction of buildings, streets, and wharfs; trade and commerce, including restrictions on exports; trade and relations with Indians; and levying of taxes.

Of special importance are minutes of the first meeting of the Colonial Legislature (April 9, 1691). The Colonial Legislature consisted of a council appointed by the Governor and a House of Representatives elected by the people. In the minutes of the first meeting, James Graham, Speaker of the House, is authorized to address the Council.

In another notable document (May 16, 1670) English Colonial Governor Lovelace reappointed Jan Jurians Beeker to teach Albany youth "to read and wryte."

Alternate Formats Available

Microfilm is available for use at the New York State Archives or through interlibrary loan.

Minutes of the legislative sessions are published in Journal of the Legislative Council of the Colony of New York. Began the 9th Day of April, 1691, and ended the 3rd Day of April, 1775 (1861), 2 volumes. Executive council minutes from 1668-1673 [Vol. 3, Part 1: 1-158; Sept. 2, 1668 - July 11, 1673] are published in "Minutes of the Executive Council of the Province of New York," ed. Victor Hugo Paltsits (1910).

Items Online

High resolution images of selected original documents in this series are available in State Archives Digital Collections.

New York State Archives Digital Collections

New York Colony Council Minutes, 1668-1783 in Digital Collections

Related Material

A1455 Transcripts of Council minutes and Assembly journals transmitted to the Board of Trade (1686-1775), contains photostat and microfilm reproductions of Council minutes and Assembly proceedings acquired from the National Archives of the United Kingdom (Public Record Office)

A4406 Transcripts of Council minutes (1674-1761, bulk 1674-1742), contains additional transcripts of minutes of the Council that were maintained by the Division of Archives and History in the State Education Department

A3271 Transcriptions of New York Council minutes and Council papers (1683-1767), contains transcriptions of New York Council minutes and transcriptions of the New York Council Papers (also known as "Colonial Manuscripts")

A0176 Original draft minutes (ca. 1668-1783), contains a draft version of a small amount of minutes of the legislative and executive sessions of the council

Related Publications

The executive minutes are described in Berthold Fernow, comp., "Calendar of Council Minutes 1668-1783" in New York State Library Bulletin 58, History 6, March 1902) (Albany: University of the State of New York, 1902; repr. Harrison, N.Y.: Harbor Hill Books, 1987). These records are cited in Stefan Bielinski, ed. Guide to Revolutionary War Manuscripts in the New York State Library (Albany, 1976), item no. 1158.

Custodial History

Minutes of the First Meeting of the Colonial Legislature, April 19, 1691. This item was removed from the series (Council Minutes, Legislative: Vol 6, p. 1) as part of the Freedom Train Exhibit, which traveled the state from January 1949 to February 1950 (L. 1948, Ch. 659).

Reappointment of Albany Schoolmaster. This item was removed from the series (Council Minutes, Vol. 2, p. 536) as part of the Freedom Train Exhibit.

Access Restrictions

Series is partially restricted due to burn damage to certain volumes sustained in the 1911 New York State Capitol building fire. Microfilm is first-use copy.

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Detailed Description

Contents Box Roll

Accretion: A1895-78
Vol. 3, Part 1: pp. 1-72 1 1
Vol. 3, Part 1: pp. 73-159 1 1
Vol. 3, Part 2: pp. 1-88 1 1
Vol. 3, Part 2: pp. 89-188 1 1
Vol. 5, pp. 1-115 1 1
Vol. 5, pp. 116-244 1 1
Vol. 6, Reversed side pp. 1-36 (first paging); pp.1-76 (second paging) 2 1
Vol. 6, pp. 1-100 2 1
Vol. 6, pp. 101-218 2 1
Vol. 7, pp. 1-94 2 2
Vol. 7, pp. 95-202 2 2
Vol. 7, Reversed side pp. 1-129 (second paging) 2 2
Vol. 7, pp. 203-43; Reversed side pp. 1-80 (first paging) 3 2
Vol. 8, Part 1: pp. 1-102 3 2
Vol. 8, Part 1: pp. 103-225 3 2
Vol. 8, Part 1: pp. 226-346 3 2
Vol. 8, Part 2: pp. 1-93 3 2
Vol. 9, pp. 1-100 3 2
Vol. 9, pp. 101-222 4 3
Vol. 9, pp. 223-344 4 3
Vol. 9, pp. 345-470 4 3
Vol. 9, pp. 471-591 4 3
Vol. 10, pp. 1-108 4 3
Vol. 10, pp. 109-223 4 3
Vol. 10, pp. 224-345 4 3
Vol. 10, pp. 346-472 4 3
Vol. 10, pp. 473-603 5 4
Vol. 10, pp. 604-733 5 4
Vol. 11, pp. 1-96 5 4
Vol. 11, pp. 97-207 5 4
Vol. 11, pp. 208-320 5 4
Vol. 11, pp. 321-432 5 4
Vol. 11, pp. 433-543 6 4
Vol. 11, pp. 544-654 6 4
Vol. 12, pp. 1-91 6 4
Vol. 12, pp. 92-184 6 5
Vol. 13, pp. 1-112 6 5
Vol. 13, pp. 113-244 (not microfilmed) 6
Vol. 13, pp. 245-375 (not microfilmed) 7
Vol. 14, pp. 1-104 7 5
Vol. 14, pp. 105-220 7 5
Vol. 14, pp. 221-340 7 5
Vol. 14, pp. 341-455 7 5
Vol. 15, pp. 1-112 7 5
Vol. 15, pp. 113-240 8 6
Vol. 15, pp. 241-372 8 6
Vol. 16, pp. 1-94 9 6
Vol. 16, pp. 95-210 9 6
Vol. 16, pp. 211-316 9 6
Vol. 17, pp. 3-158 10 7
Vol. 17, pp. 159-310 10 7
Vol. 18, pp. 1-132 10 7
Vol. 18, pp. 133-265 10 7
Vol. 19, pp. 1-75 10 7
Vol. 19, Reversed side pp. 1-36 10 7
Vol. 19, Reversed side pp. 37-164 10 7
Vol. 19, Reversed side pp. 165-292 11 7
Vol. 20, pp. 1-115 11 7-8
Vol. 20, pp. 116-248 11 8
Vol. 20, pp. 249-369 11 8
Vol. 21, pp. 1-104 12 8
Vol. 21, pp. 105-224 12 8
Vol. 21, pp. 225-343 12 8
Vol. 21, pp. 344-464 12 8
Vol. 22, pp. 1-112 13 8
Vol. 22, pp. 113-228 13 8
Vol. 22, pp. 229-346 13 8
Vol. 23, pp. 1-100 14 8
Vol. 23, pp. 101-224 14 9
Vol. 23, pp. 225-348 14 9
Vol. 23, pp. 349-479 15 9
Vol. 24, pp. 1-119 17 9
Vol. 24, pp. 120-243 17 9
Vol. 24, pp. 244-366 17 9
Vol. 25, pp. 1-80 15 9
Vol. 25, pp. 81-196 15 9
Vol. 25, pp. 197-308 16 9
Vol. 25, pp. 309-424 16 9
Vol. 25, pp. 425-537 16 9
Vol. 26, pp. 1-104 18 9
Vol. 26, pp. 105-226 18 10
Vol. 26, pp. 227-350 18 10
Vol. 26, pp. 351-477 18 10
Vol. 27, pp. 1-120 19 11
Vol. 27, pp. 121-240 19 11
Vol. 27, pp. 241-367 19 11
Vol. 28, pp. 1-134 19 11
Vol. 28, pp. 135-264 20 11
Vol. 28, pp. 265-396 20 11
Vol. 28, pp. 397-529 20 11
Vol. 29, pp. 1-108 21 11
Vol. 29, pp. 109-216 21 11
Vol. 29, pp. 217-328 21 11
Vol. 29, pp. 329-440 22 12
Vol. 29, pp. 441-550 22 12
Vol. 30, pp. 1-150 23 12
Vol. 30, pp. 151-300 23 12
Vol. 30, pp. 301-449 23 12-13
Vol. 31, pp. 1-72 24 13
Vol. 31, pp. 73-150 24 13