Oneida County History Center

1608 Genesee Street
Utica, New York 13502
Phone: 315-735-3642

Oneida County History Center


The Oneida County History Center was founded in 1876 and has served since that time to collect, preserve and make accessible the past heritage of Oneida County and the upper Mohawk River Valley. 

From the Battlefield at Oriskany to the Boilermaker Road Race of today, from the Native Americans who first called this land home to the farmers and Patriots who shaped local and national destinies, Oneida County has a remarkable history - filled with important events and fascinating figures.  We continue to make history every day. 

The History Center cares for a growing collection of over 250,000 documents and books, tens of thousands of images (photographs, paintings, slides, drawings, etc.) and thousands of artifacts. Many are rare collection items that provide invaluable information for researchers.​

Oneida County History Center is a member of the Central New York Library Resources Council.


Photo of Romance Wyatt, "last of the Brothertown Indians"

This collection includes historical narratives, deeds, a map, and a photograph documenting the Brothertown tribe's presence in Oneida County and their subsequent migration to Wisconsin.

Canal Packet Boat Ticket

This collection contains documents and photographs relating to the Erie Canal in Oneida county.

Alessio Cuzzivoglio Certificate of Naturalization

This collection includes certificates and other documents for an immigrant who settled in Oneida County, as well as a civics textbook from Oneida County.

Portrait of Lucy Carlisle Watson

This collection of letters, diaries, and ephemera documents Lucy Carlile Watson, a prominent suffragette and philanthropist from Utica, NY.

Lecture XII: Prejudice Against Color. Colonization.

This collection includes articles, speech transcripts, reports, and other documents relating to the anti-slavery movement in Oneida County.

Beaded Bag

This collection contains tools and artwork from the Oneida Nation, as well as documents relating to the Oneida Reservation.


Frances A. Goodale, Founder and First President of the New Century Club

This collection includes a portrait of Lucy Carlisle Watson and a manuscript describing the history of Utica's women's rights movements.