Visiting the Archives
miSci Archives is open
to the public Monday-Friday, 10AM-4PM. Appointments for research
are strongly recommended to ensure that a staff member will
be here to work with you and to make your visit as efficient
and productive as possible.
Please call (518) 382-7890, ext.
241 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
set up a time. Directions
to the Museum can be found by clicking here
you are planning a trip to Schenectady for research, visit
the Schenectady County Chamber of Commerce for lists of
hotels/motels and restaurants.
Did You Know ...
The International Technology Archives at
miSci includes more than 15,000
patents, millions of advertising documents and business records,
1,000 motion picture films, and 5,000 books, in addition
to its internationally-known photograph collection of 1.5
million photographs. Click
here for more [PDF]
Chris Hunter, miSci Director of Archives & Collections, & Robert Smith, miSci Archives Volunteer, recently published an article about the Hall of Electrical History in IEEE Industry & Applications Magazine. Read the article, click here [PDF]
is a dynamic destination just a short drive from Albany, Saratoga, and Troy which celebrates science, invention, and imagination. The Museum explores the area’s rich technological heritage, with some of the region’s finest interactive exhibits; a must-see for families, tourists, area residents, and other visitors.
The Museum’s Planetarium features the GOTO Star Projector. One of only 12 in the country, the GOTO offers a real-life view of the night sky not available anywhere else in the northeast.
The Museum’s Archives
include 1.6 million images from the General Electric Photograph Collection, and attracts researchers from across the county and the world. Tours are available
. Plus, the Museum Gift Shop
offers high-quality, unusual items gifts including hard-to-find science educational toys.
About the Archives
Archives contains manuscript collections, photographs, trade
literature, and other materials relating to the history of
General Electric and Schenectady. The Archives was formed
in 1997 through the merger of miSci and
the Hall of Electrical History and is open to the public
Monday through Friday. A highlight of the collection is the
General Electric Photograph Collection, a collection of nearly
1.5 million images that depicts the development of the electrical
industry and 20th century American life.
The Archives is more
than just photographs. There are manuscript collections highlighting
the founding and early history of GE. Papers from Gerard
Swope and Owen D. Young, President and Chairman of GE from
1922-1939 and 1942-1944 highlight the welfare capitalism
of the 1920s. Other collections highlight the GE Research
Lab, the first industrial research laboratory in the world,
and its researchers. There are also books and periodicals,
including a complete run of the GE Schenectady Works News,
the employee newsletter for GE's Schenectady Works.
also has a growing collection of materials relating to Schenectady,
from records of old Schenectady businesses such as the American
Locomotive Company to Schenectady High School newspapers
and ephemera of the 1920s. We are actively working to document
the ethnic groups and immigrants of Schenectady. From the
Irish and Germans of the 19th century and the Poles and Italians
of the early 20th century to the recent immigrants of the
last twenty years, all have combined to help make Schenectady "The
City that Lights and Hauls the World."