|Historic Hudson Valley's Library||
Containing over 2,000 volumes, the library’s rare book collection is a rich resource. The collection can be divided into two major categories. The first includes books once owned or created by the people whose lives are interpreted at Historic Hudson Valley’s museum properties—members of the Van Cortlandt, Irving, and Montgomery-Livingston-Delafield families. Holdings in the areas of horticulture and garden design, classic literature, military history, early American history, and heraldry are strongly represented. In addition to the rare books tied directly to the museum’s properties, Historic Hudson Valley’s librarians have acquired volumes that support the museum’s dual mission of preservation and education. Concentrations in this category include architectural pattern and advice books; books on domestic life, cookery, and garden design; books on arts and mechanics; Hudson River travel accounts; and New York histories, all dating from the 19th century or earlier.
Through acquisition, research, and reference, Historic Hudson Valley’s Library supports the organization’s commitment to the restoration, preservation, interpretation, and promotion of historic landmarks in the Hudson River Valley.