ARCHIVES AND COLLECTIONS
Over decades, Friends of Lorenzo has played a key role in the preservation and promotion of Lorenzo's treasures. Its archives and collections, covering 160 years of history as seen through one family, consists of more than 200,000 documents and 50,000 objects. The documents and objects at Lorenzo comprise the most extensive collection held within the NY State Historic Site System.
Friends of Lorenzo is working to create an electronic finding aid to assist researchers using the vast resources of the archives, including land records, photos, and political memorabilia. In the interim research questions may be directed to Jackie Roshia 315 655-3200.
Lorenzo boasts an impressive
collection of fine art. The richness and variety of Lorenzo’s paintings reflect the family’s pride in
its Dutch heritage, the distinctive American character of a young nation and typical trends in
art collection by the upper class of the 1800s.
FOL has helped with ongoing efforts to tell the whole story of the life and times of Lorenzo, including the story of those lives often lived in the shadows. Life at homes like Lorenzo
would not have been possible without the support of servants and slaves. Pictured above, the servants quarters at Lorenzo.
Lorenzo survives as a story of life and 19-century development in Central New York, in part through its extensive collection of art, household objects, carriages, and furnishings...all promoted, restored, and preserved with the help of the Friends of Lorenzo.
FOL is engaged in a major, multi-year effort to provide public access to archival documents in the form of electronic images. Lorenzo archives cover over 160 years of family occupancy at Lorenzo and life in central New York. Pictured above, snowshoeing on Cazenovia Lake from the archive photo collection.