Collections

Albion Winegar Tourgee Collection
Albion W. Tourgee (1838 - 1905) was a Civil War veteran, politician, and lawyer. He played a pivotal role in the Plessy v. Ferguson case and was a pioneering civil rights activist. This collection includes his correspondence, as well as legal documents, articles, and photographs.
Ben Gilman Photographs

This collection of photographs reflect Ben Gilman's work, travels and meetings with important leaders worldwide.

Brentwood Historical Documents
Correspondence and historical records from Brentwood, NY.
Central Square Oral History Collection
This collection includes one oral history video conducted by students at Central Square High School.
Raging High Falls, Rochester, N.Y., in early 20th century

The City Hall Photo Lab Vintage Collection contains images selected from over 5,000 35mm slides made in 1984 from photographs, maps, renderings, and other graphics from Rochester’s past.

Elsie Gutchess Great Women of the USA Collection
Items from the papers of historian Elsie Gutchess, including primary and secondary materials relating to the history of women in the United States.
Emily Howland Papers
Items from the personal papers and library of abolitionist, suffragist, and peace activist Emily Howland, including her collection of political pamphlets, posters, and program documents.
Frances Folsom Cleveland Collection
Collection of portraits, articles, memorabilia, and papers of Frances Folsom Cleveland Preston, with emphasis on her time at Wells College, in the White House, and her time in Aurora, NY as a Wells College trustee and wife of Thomas Preston.
Hannibal Oral History Collection
This collection includes oral history videos conducted by students at Hannibal High School.
Huntington Archives
A sampling of early legal documents and photographs from the town of Huntington’s archives.
Huntington Historical Maps
Historical maps showing land purchases and boundaries in the Town of Huntington.
Judicial Portrait Collection
A portrait collection of New York judges and court staff spanning over a century.
Kathleen Oser Collection
Utica resident Kathleen Oser was involved in many civil rights and women’s rights movements, especially the National Organization for Women (NOW.) The collection contains materials relating to Osner’s involvement in NOW.
League of Women Voters of Buffalo Niagara
Newsletters, newspaper articles, publications, meeting minutes and scrapbooks chronicling the history of the League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization from the early 20th century to present day.
Millard Fillmore

A collection of correspondence and documents relating to Buffalo, New York native, and 13th President of the United States, Millard Fillmore.

Flight of the Hyperion

The Rochester Public Library Local History Division Picture File Collection contains diverse images relating to Rochester’s history.

New York Heritage Logo in Greyscale

Oral histories from employees, friends, and associates of the Roosevelt and Vanderbilt families.

The Roosevelts Visit Syracuse
Photographs and documents relating to Franklin D. Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt’s visits to Syracuse, New York in the early to mid-20th century.
SU College of Law: A Historical Retrospective
Photographs, documents, and other materials relating to the founding and history of Syracuse University College of Law.
Tompkins County Voter Enrollment Records
Lists of registered voters in Tompkins County from the 1910s and 1920s, complete with addresses and party affiliation.
War Diaries
This collection contains images of diaries belonging to American men who served in various wars, including the Civil War, World War I, and World War II.
Willsborough Town Book
This collection consists of the Willisborough Town Book, beginning on the 8th day of 1786.