John More Association Archives
For many decades, aware of their unique heritage, More family members collected and passed down, from one generation to another, various documents, records, and artifacts. Eric More Marshall, JMA President from the 1970's to 2005, recognized the importance of gathering and keeping these items in one location.
More family documents and artifacts were secured in the Delaware County Historical Association at Delhi, New York. In the summer of 2000, the archives were transferred to the New York State Historical Association's Research Library and Archives Building located next to the Fenimore Art Museum and across the road from The Farmers' Museum at Cooperstown, New York. The Research Library and Archives Building is a lovely stone building that sits on the shore of Lake Otsego. It is part of a large complex that includes Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers' Museum and is a training center for museum professionals. (Photo below.)
The archival collections are housed in a humidity and temperature controlled, compact shelving area. Although a charming old building, the Research Library is entirely up-to-date in its facilities, equipment and services, and is well staffed by professional librarians. There is an active preservation program to protect fragile materials.
Visiting the Archives
Although the collection is currently being organized and catalogued, descendants can visit the archives and view items in the Special Collections Reading Room on the Third Floor. Sign in at the Library's front desk and ask to see the John More Association archives and mention the accession number NM-024-00. Reading Room hours to the public are Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you would like to visit during "off" hours, call the Library ahead of time and the staff will arrange to have someone available to show you the items. There is a $5.00 per day library use fee for Library non-members with the exception of students with identification. The Library is closed for inventory each year from December 22 until mid-January.
Location: Lake Road, Route 80, one mile north of the Village of Cooperstown, New York.
Directions: From the West, use Thruway exit #30 at Herkimer (Route 28).
From the East, use Thruway exit #29 at Canajoharie (Routes 10,20, and 80) or exit 25A and take I-88 to Duanesburg (5 miles), then Route 20 West to Route 80 South.
From the South, use Routes I-88 and 28 (Binghamton-Oneonta-Cooperstown).
From the Southeast, take Thruway
exit #21 to Route 145,
to route #20, to Route #80.