John Hanna Jr. was a special human being – known for his great intellect, humor, humility and humanity. To the Archives Partnership Trust, John was a genuine friend, benefactor, and ardent supporter who served as Chairman of the Board from 1996 to 2013.

Recognizing the unparalleled value of records preserved in the State Archives, John was a fierce advocate for education and believed the State Archives has a responsibility to facilitate access to the state’s documentary records for educators. Under his leadership, the Trust’s statewide educational programs thrived through the creation of the Hackman Research Residency Program, Student Research Awards, The Empire State Archives & History Award, internship opportunities, curriculum and training for teachers, and the award-winning educational magazine, New York Archives.

John’s forward-thinking vision was that the 260+ million records in the State Archives not only need to be preserved, but used, analyzed, and incorporated to educate people of all ages to toward a better society and future for all.

John Hanna Jr. Education Annual Fund

The Hanna Fund seeks to build on John’s legacy and strengthen and broaden the programs that his leadership established.  

Founding Members

V. Chapman-Smith     John & Elizabeth Nickles     Stephen Pagano     Christine Ward

Funding Priorities

Consider the Source Online
A collaboration tool, learning community, and resource base for K-12 teachers and cultural institutions for teaching with primary sources. Thanks to your support, we are over halfway to our funding goal!  Go back to school with Kristi Fragnoli and get a sneak peak inside a professional development training with Tasha Anderson.

New York Archives Magazine 
New York’s premiere history publication now available in digital and print. With its Educator Guide and popular Speaker Series, the magazine reaches audiences of all ages and enjoys event partnerships with local organizations across the state. Meet author and speaker Peter Slocum and Editor Josie Madison.


Larry J. Hackman Research Residency Program
Supports scholars conducting advanced research using the collections of the State Archives to create new knowledge and promote public dissemination. Meet Nicholas Croggan from Australia and learn about his project using 1970s records from the NYS Council on the Arts.


Annual Student Research Awards & New York Archives Magazine Essay Competition
Statewide competitions for students in grades 4-12 or undergraduate and graduate levels to engage in projects that utilize primary source documents and demonstrate critical thinking and research skills. Meet winning students AshleyRahul, Eva and Alan, 4 filmmakers from Herricks High School, the Palmyra-Macedon CSD History Club and the program’s biggest champion, Laura Chodos.


Empire State Archives & History Award

A Trust signature event, this award is given to a prominent scholar, historian, author, or other individual who has made a significant contribution toward the preservation and promotion of history to the public. Meet 2017 Empire State Archives and History Award Laureate Harold Holzer.

of the most significant collection of historical court records after the transfer of nearly 2,000 boxes of pre-1845 records from the New York County Clerk’s Office. Meet State Archivist Tom Ruller and hear more about this great conservation project.

We appreciate you including the Trust in your annual giving, and welcome your thoughts on keeping New York’s archival records connected with its main focus: YOU.