Buffalo History Museum

Department: Research Library
One Museum Court
Buffalo, NY 14216
Phone: 716.873.9644
Cynthia VanNess - 716.873.9644 EXT. 305 - [email protected]

Buffalo History Museum


The Buffalo History Museum, founded in 1862, is located in the northwest corner of Delaware Park. Major collections among the 80,000-plus items in our care include Pan-American Exposition artifacts and records, the Red Jacket Peace Medal, the Pierce Motorette (a pioneering motor vehicle), and prototype pacemakers. Sketches and paintings chronicle two centuries of growth of the city of Buffalo and surrounding land, and portraiture ranges from Peter Porter, one time Secretary of War, to Presidents Grover Cleveland and Millard Fillmore.
The Buffalo History Museum is a private not-for-profit organization tax-exempt under Sec. 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We receive operating support from the County of Erie, the City of Buffalo, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from donors, members and friends. The Buffalo History Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

Buffalo History Museum is a member of the Western New York Library Resources Council.


Buffalo Address Book and Family Directory

Buffalo address books and family directories from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Buffalo Ku Klux Klan Chapter: List of Members

A directory of Buffalo Ku Klux Klan members from the mid-1920s.

Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority Report Maps

Maps selected from the 1935 Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority Report.

Buffalo Postcards

A collection of postcards depicting Buffalo in the early 20th century.

Charles Rand Penney Trail

Charles Rand Penney was a prominent collector. The Charles Rand Penney Trail unites his collections of Pan-American Exposition souvenirs, Papua New Guinea artifacts, Niagara County historical items, Larkin Company ephemera, and Niagara Falls artwork.

Crystal Beach

Photographs and ephemera relating to Crystal Beach during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Maris B. Pierce papers

Personal papers of Maris B. Pierce, a Seneca Indian and graduate of Dartmouth College who went on to be an interpreter and recording secretary for Seneca delegations to Albany and Washington, D.C.

War of 1812

Photographs, letters, maps, drawings, and documents relating to the War of 1812.