About Us:

This online exhibit of the opening of the Erie Canal is a result of a collaboration between the Eighteenth-Century Reading Room in the Mina Rees Library and the Seymour B. Durst Old York Library, at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). It was supported in part by funds from the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) through the New York State Regional Bibliographic Database Program.

The Graduate Center is located at 365 Fifth Avenue in New York City.


This project could not have been completed without the full support of Julie Cunningham, Chief Librarian of the Mina Rees Library, and Dr. Steven Brier, Vice President for Information Technology and External Programs. We thank them.

Michael Purcell, Systems Librarian at the Mina Rees Library, worked with the digitization team on the creation of our web page for the first six months of our project . Kevin Reiss, System's Librarian at the Mina Rees Library, continued the work for the second half of the project, providing his expertise to complete the project. We thank them.

Caroline Fuchs, formerly the Curator of the 18th Century Reading Room, provided ongoing leadership, development and oversight of the project.

Michael Handis, Associate Librarian for Collection Management, provided valuable input on metadata creation.

Richard Kim, Director of Digital Projects at METRO, provided support and guidance throughout the project.

Stephen Klein, Systems Librarian at the Mina Rees Library , migrated site to Omeka platform, Spring 2010.

A special "thank you" to all of our team members.


Except for "fair use" as defined by copyright law, the images and information provided in this exhibit may not be produced in any form without permission from either the Eighteenth-Century Reading Room or the Seymour B. Durst Library.

Contact Us:

Madelyn Kent, curator of the Seymour B. Durst Old York Library, can be reached by phone at 212.817.7241 or via email at digitallibrary@gc.cuny.edu