This site includes digital images of a variety of postcard collections either purchased by or donated to Union College’s Schaffer Library. The original postcards are housed in the library’s Special Collections department. Most of the hundreds of postcards presented here show campus views from the early twentieth century through the present, but they also provide a photographic record of selected individuals and activities associated with the College as well as important sites in Schenectady, New York. A separate collection of World War I Era Postcards owned by the College is also available online.
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William Hahn Postcard Collection with approximately 60 postcards of various campus views
Robert N. Michaelson, UC 1972, Postcard Collection, with approximately 230 postcards of the campus and its vicinity, including postcards of student activities, individuals, and off-campus sites associated with prominent College alumni.
Frank Santaro Postcard Collection – approximately 40 postcards of the campus and its vicinity, with a particular emphasis on scenes and buildings in the city of Schenectady.
Elizabeth Taylor Postcard Collection – approximately 20 black and white postcards of the campus collected in the first half of the twentieth century by the daughter of Civil Engineering Professor Warren Crosby Taylor. They include a particularly rich representation of early fraternity houses.
Schaffer Library Postcard Collection, with approximately 350 postcards of the campus, its vicinity, artifacts, individuals, events, activities, and sites and scenes associated with the College, Schenectady and surrounding areas.