For Researchers


This list of resources related to our co-founder, Hamilton Fish III, in the years just prior to the U.S. entry into World War II, is generated to provide further information that adds to the commentary on Fish in Rachel Maddow’s podcast, Ultra, released in the fall of 2022.

There are vast numbers of books written about the time period in question. Scholars and journalists debate to this day who bore responsibility for what. Our Library has created a collection of some of the nonfiction literature for this era.

Resources listed that are available online include news reports from the 1930s and 1940s as well as books, articles, letters, speeches, and YouTube footage.

News + Magazine Articles

Overdrive/Libby App

Access over 3,000 titles through the Mid-Hudson Library System’s collection of popular digital magazines includes both new and backlist titles with no holds through the Overdrive Libby App.

Gale Magazine Collections

Browse popular magazines in the Gale database collection by topic including Home Improvement, Gardening and Horticulture, Small Business, Culinary Arts, World History, and Pop Culture.

The New York Times

Access to full text New York Times articles, including the New York Times Magazine and Book Review.

Gale News Stand

Over 1,100 newspapers, 33 of which are New York State newspapers,  including the Albany Times Union, New York Times, Newsday, Buffalo News, Post-Standard (Syracuse), Watertown Daily Times, Times Herald-Record (Middletown) and others.

Hudson River Valley Heritage

Historical materials from New York State’s Hudson River Valley including the following newspapers:

  • Newburgh Telegraph (1831-1835)
  • Rockland County Journal (1850-1879)
  • Rockland County Messenger (1848;1851-1855;1857)
  • Rockland County Times (1902-1904)
  • The Kingston Daily Freeman (1895;1903-1912)
  • Vassar Miscellany News (1914-2000)

Health Resources

Information Resources on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information concerning the Library’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and links for up-to-date and reliable information sources. 

General Health Information

MedLine Plus

Comprehensive source of health and wellness information from the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health; has many features, including medical encyclopedia and dictionary, current news, & interactive tutorials and surgery videos.


Information on diseases & conditions, medications, healthy living, and health assessment; features “Find It Fast” button to look up a disease or condition, a symptom, or access first aid information; also has “Ask a Specialist” section.

Mental Health and Addiction 

Philipstown Hub – Mental Health and Addiction Information Resources

Mental health services, programs for addiction prevention and treatment, and educational information.

National Institute of Mental Health

Search “Mental Health Topics” for descriptions of disorders and treatments and to locate mental health services, affordable healthcare, & NIMH clinical trials.

Mental Health America

Search for information by audience, issue or disorders & treatments. Addresses all aspects of mental health and mental illness with information on advocacy, education, research and service.

Additional Health Information Links

Links for physician, hospital and insurance information along with topic-specific health information maintained by the Putnam County Library Association. 

Health Reference Databases

Require a library card to login.

Gale Health Reference Center

Use this database to find articles on: Fitness, Pregnancy, Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Occupational Health and Safety, Alcohol and Drug abuse, HMOs, Prescription Drugs, etc.

Gale Psychology Collection

This collection of 200 subject-appropriate full-text periodicals gives individuals a basic understanding of the study of the mind, emotions and how the human mind develops — and diminishes — over time.

Gale Nursing and Allied Health Collection

All aspects of the Nursing profession — from direct patient care to health care administration — are covered in this collection. Including nearly 400 titles of use to both professionals already working in the field as well as students pursuing a nursing-focused curriculum.


Business + Career Resources


  • Expert Resumé Help: Live one-on-one help; submit your resumé to the Resumé Lab and get expert analysis within 24 hours.
  • Interview & Job Search Help: Practice interviewing with live one-on-one help; online job search sites. Also includes resume templates to help you write your resume; tips to answer tough interview questions and links to job search sites.
  • The Adult Learning Center features test preparation (including High School Equivalency and U.S. citizenship preparation), writing assistance, and study tools for math, reading and writing. One-on-one academic coaching.
  • Help for using this Database: Video Tutorial

Gale Testing and Education Resource Center

Career advice, resume and basic skills building, and practice civil service and other career exams.

Please note: when prompted for a password to log in, enter your library barcode.

NY Department of Labor – Job Express

Current job openings in New York State.

Gale OneFile Vocations and Careers

Full text magazine and academic journal articles related to Vocations and Careers.

Gale Business Insights Collection

Containing over 3,900 magazines and journals, nearly 25,000 industry reports, nearly 11,000 company histories and nearly 500,000 company profiles, Gale Business Insights offers easy access to in-depth information on U.S. and international businesses, industries and products.

Gale Small Business Collection

Perfect for entrepreneurs and business schools, this compilation provides insights, tips, strategies and success stories.

Communications and Mass Media Collection

This collection provides current and accurate information from more than 100 journals focused on all aspects of the communications field, including advertising and public relations, literature and writing, linguistics, and many more.

Computer Science Collection

Find computer-related product introductions, news and reviews in areas such as hardware, software, electronics, engineering, communications and the application of technology.

Genealogy + History Quick Links

Genealogy Resources for Libraries

Please note that this resource is only available inside the Library building.

Genealogy resources including federal and U.S. censuses; birth, death, and marriage records including the Social Security Death Index; U.S. border crossing and trans-ocean ship records; family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more.

Other Online Genealogy Resources

National Archives Resources for Genealogists

NYPL Genealogy Databases (Resources preceded by a globe icon are available to all)


Where to Write for Vital Records

Local History Resources

Hudson River Valley Heritage

Gateway to digitized historical resources and online exhibits, contributed by members of the Southeastern New York Library Resources Council, for the following counties: Columbia, Greene, Dutchess, Ulster, Sullivan, Rockland, Orange, Putnam and Westchester.

Putnam History Museum

Exhibits, archives, and online collections preserving and presenting the history of Putnam County, Philipstown, the West Point Foundry, and the Hudson Highlands. Located at 63 Chestnut Street in Cold Spring, NY.

Livingston-Svirsky Archive

Digital archive of eBooks, documents, maps, and articles related to Desmond-Fish Public Library and Philipstown History brought to you through the generous support of Jeanne Livingston and John Svirsky.

Wade Diorama

Digitized text and images from William Wade’s Panorama of the Hudson River, 1846.

The Harlem Hellfighters of WWI and the Desmond-Fish Public Library

Historical narrative, images, and documents relating to the famed 369th Infantry Regiment and its connection to the founders of the Desmond-Fish Public Library.

Other Online Local History Resources

Historic Hudson Valley

Hudson River Maritime Museum

Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area

New York History Net (through 03.2017)

New York State Library Digital Collections

World History Resources

U.S. History Collection

Coverage of both the current thinking and events in US History, as well as scholarly work being established in the field. Useful both to the novice historian as well as to the advanced academic researcher.

World History Collection

Coverage of both the current thinking and events in World History, as well as scholarly work being established in the field. Useful both to the novice historian as well as to the advanced academic researcher.