From the President
By David G. Barber
Recently, I have been observing a lot of discussion of
canal archives. It is very important that these be preserved into the future,
but saying so is easier than achieving it. Many of us have accumulated items
that need a home after we pass on, but it’s difficult to guarantee the future of
Fairly recently, the combined archives of the
and the Pennsylvania Canal Society became inaccessible due to budget cuts. But
the relocation of the National Canal Museum
to the Emrick Center seems to have resolved that issue.
I also heard recently that many of the canal archives of the Canal Society of
New York State have been moved from Albany
to the Erie Canal Museum in
Syracuse. In Ohio, it
was reported that canal archives are present at both
Wright State University
and the University
In Massachusetts, there
are Middlesex Canal materials at the
of Massachusetts Lowell library at the
Center in Lowell,
MA and at Harvard University.
Materials on the Blackstone Canal are at both the Worcester Historical Society in
and at the Rhode Island Historical Society in Providence, RI.
Archives on the Illinois and Michigan Canal
and successors are at the Lewis University library in Romeoville, IL.
I’m sure that there are others.
To help further the network, I’m establishing an archive
page on the ACS web site. Please look at the page and email me with any
additions that need to be made. Appropriate multiple listings for any state or
canal are allowed.