SUNY Geneseo

Department: Milne Library
One College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454
Phone: 585.245.5594
Alana Nuth - 585.245.6497 - [email protected]

SUNY Geneseo


Milne Library at SUNY Geneseo was named after Drs. William J. and John M. Milne, brothers who served as Geneseo Normal School's first two principals. A bustling hub of intellectual, cultural and social activity, Milne Library houses the College's main collections of books, periodicals, and audio and video recordings, as well as high-tech computing and classroom facilities. Milne's Special Collections focus on local history and include the Genesee Valley Historical Collection, The Wadsworth Family Papers, the Carl Schmidt Collection in Historic Architecture, and the College Archives.

SUNY Geneseo is a member of the Rochester Regional Library Council.


20th Century Remains of the Genesee Valley Canal

A collection of photographs portraying the remains of the Genesee Valley Canal.

Carl Schmidt Collection of Two-Dimensional Drawings

Architect Carl F. Schmidt had a deep interest in historic architecture. This collection includes his drawings depicting architectural features, particularly doorways.

Flood of 1972, Genesee River in Letchworth State Park

In 1972, Hurricane Agnes caused the Genesee River to flood. This collection of photographs depicts the flooding of Letchworth State Park and Geneseo.

Genesee Valley Hunt

A collection of photographs depicting the Genesee Valley Hunt at the turn-of-the-century.

Jackson Health Resort Collection

The  Jackson Health Resort was a renowned health treatment facility in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This collection contains photographs and documents relating to the facility and its treatments.

Map of the Western part of Township No. 12 - 7th Range

The maps (and, for some, associated documents) in this digital collection represent a portion of the 300+ in the physical Wadsworth collection and cover areas within townships, tracts, and counties in the Genesee Valley region.  


Martha Blow Wadsworth Photograph Collection

A collection of early 20th century photographs taken by Martha Blow Wadsworth which document a prominent family’s life in the Genesee Valley of New York, as well as showcase a trip to Panama and the construction of the Panama Canal.

The Architecture of Livingston County, NY

In the late 1970s, with support from the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts, photographer Daniel Fink (1937-1995) undertook a project of creating a photographic record of notable architectural specimens in Livingston County, NY. More than one hundred domestic, commercial, and religious structures were selected, taking into consideration the excellence of and potential threats to each, as well as their age and condition. Some of the styles represented include Gothic and Gothic Revival, Italianate, Federal, Greek Revival, Mansard, beaux arts, eclectic, cobblestone, and stick style. Fink, who was also chair of SUNY Geneseo’s art department, acknowledged that his study is not exhaustive, but rather a significant start in preserving, at least as images, Livingston County’s historically significant architectural specimens.