New York has served as a leader in confronting social, economic and political issues of broad national importance. The New York State Archives holds many of the oldest and most important archival treasures in the nation.
The Archives Partnership Trust was founded in 1992 to build an endowment and provide project support to enhance humanities programs, increase access to these outstanding treasures, and continue the preservation of New York's historical records. Since its founding, the Partnership Trust, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has supported exceptional projects and programs. These include the Research Residency Program, the Student Research Awards Program, history conferences, special exhibitions, public education programs, book signings and lectures, publications, teacher training institutes, preservation projects, an Internet marketing and web-site redesign, a Membership Program.
The New York State Archives Partnership Trust will help preserve and make accessible the archives from 350 years of New York’s colonial and state governments, so that they may be used for the benefit of the public. The Trust will address this mission by better informing the public about the importance of these records, by building a network of friends and advocates for the State Archives, and by obtaining increased public and private resources for work in the State Archives.