Collections and Archives

miSci’s Archives are an internationally significant collection of millions of advertising documents, business records, 2,000 books, 1,300 films, papers, 10,000 patents, and two million photographs related to the history of the electrical industry and General Electric (GE). The Archives rank among the most important sources in the world for the history of the electrical industry. The Collection is an invaluable resource for the study of the electrification, industrialization, and urbanization of American society and attracts researchers from around the world. The Archives, together with more than 15,000 objects in the Museum’s Collection, document the impact that the electrical industry of the Capital Region of New York State had on the modern world.


Each year, the Archives hosts 400 researchers and receives more than 1,500 research queries from 30 countries. This includes elementary school students, teachers, college students, professors, Ph.D. students, railroad model makers, and national media companies. Images from the Archives and Collection have been featured in numerous publications and television programs. 

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