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Onondaga County Early History Collection

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 4 Aug 2015

Biographical History

Onondaga County was established in 1794 as a result of the splitting of Herkimer County into three smaller counties. It included eleven towns: Homer, Pompey, Manlius, Lysander, Marcellus, Ulysses, Milton, Scipio, Ovid, Aurelius and Romulus. County divisions and mergers continued until 1816, when Onondaga County took its final form. Salt was an important industrty in the region,

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Onondaga County Early History Collection consists of a selection of manuscript and printed material chronicling the early development and history of Onondaga County, N.Y. with particular reference to the salt industry. Names appearing in the manuscripts include John Carpenter, Benjamin Ledyard, and David Thomas. Types of material include indentures, expenditure reports, letters, articles of agreement, decrees from the Mayor of Syracuse, etc.

Arrangement of the Collection



Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings


Ledyard, Benjamin.

Corporate Bodies

New York (State). -- Superintendent of the Onondaga Salt Springs.


Onondaga County (N.Y.) -- Commerce.
Onondaga County (N.Y.) -- History.
Onondaga Salt Springs (Syracuse, N.Y.) -- History.

Genres and Forms

Receipts (financial records)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Onondaga County Early History Collection,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 2015.

Table of Contents

Administrative and financial records