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20th Anniversary of ConnectNY - Featured Collections

Highlighting a different institutional member’s virtual special collections exhibition, or a selection of digital collection resources, each month.

Bard College Archives & Special Collections



The mission of the Bard College Archives & Special Collections is to collect, preserve and make available materials in a variety of formats relating to the intellectual and social history of Bard College and its surrounding communities. By offering online and physical access to its holdings, the Archives & Special Collections seeks to support the research and work of undergraduates, the greater Bard community, public historians, private researchers, and scholars worldwide.


Barrytown Explorer HRVH


In our latest digitization efforts this year, we collaborated with Historic Red Hook to pool our holdings of the Barrytown Explorer, a local monthly newspaper published by Chanler Armstrong Chapman of Barrytown, a hamlet in the Town of Red Hook. Chapman (1901-1982) was a Livingston/Astor/Chanler family scion, a dairy farmer, a Red Hook School board member, and a witty, eccentric raconteur who delighted in flouting convention.  He launched the newspaper in June 1958 during the age of the Space Race, soon after the Soviet Union had launched Sputnik, the world’s first artificial satellite, and the U.S. had successfully countered with “Explorer,” from Cape Canaveral, in Florida. The Explorer’s inaugural issue claimed “This paper is interested in four subjects. First, the Neighbors and their families; second, good schools in good Communities; third, a fair price for milk at the barn door for Dairy Farmers; Fourth, the Truth, always the truth.” The newspaper offered lively coverage of local people and events until ceasing publication in April 1982, a month after Chapman died.

We worked with SENYLRC to upload the combined scanned newspaper run (special thanks to our student workers for their painstaking work)  to HRVH Newspapers ensuring that it is widely accessible and searchable. 

We hope you enjoy perusing this entertaining collection!