New York State Capitol, Morning after Fire, 1911
Suggested Teaching Instructions
By the time the fire was put out, most of the west side of the building had been destroyed. The damage to the State Library was devastating. The fire destroyed 450,000 books, 270,000 manuscripts, and the library's catalog consisting of nearly 1,000,000 cards. Many of the papers destroyed were irreplaceable historical documents. There was one fatality as a result of the fire, Civil War veteran Samuel Abbot, the night watchman at the State Library. While the cause of the fire was never determined, the outdated electrical system was probably at fault.