Albany Academy History

    1813: New York's oldest continuing academy charter

    1814: oldest continuing community academy for girls

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 About Us

This is not an official site of The Albany Academy, The Albany Academies, or Albany Academy for Girls. Our special interest is the record of the city's first academies, its students, faculty and trustees.
I am John McClintock, Albany Academy Class of 1957, the site creator and webmaster. I was born in Albany, raised in Slingerlands, and enjoyed thirty years of teaching history in independent schools in Albany, Milwaukee, and Chicago. In the old State Education building, I learned the ropes of archives management and catalogued the Elkanah Watson papers of New York State Library, Office of Manuscripts and State History. In the 1960s, I wrote about Albany history and started the archives at Albany Academy.

After retiring from teaching and college counseling in 1995, I started an IT business, writing databases for schools and other organizations. From 2007 to 2012, I was archivist for the combined Albany Academies. In 2016, I published Our Academy, a biographical dictionary of students and families 1815 to 1913, started by Dr. Henry Hun and Dr. Henry H. Hun and which I expanded. In 2017, I contributed to Change in Early Nineteenth Century Education in New York's Capital District. I wrote the section on early Albany, its leaders and its first two academies.