Onondaga County Public Library - Central Library

Parent Organization: Onondaga County Public Library
447 South Salina Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone: 315.435.1900‎

Onondaga County Public Library - Central Library


The Local History and Genealogy Department at the Onondaga County Public library is a nationally respected repository for genealogy research in Onondaga County and New York State. This special collection is over a hundred years old and specializes in history and genealogy for not only New York but includes resources for the New England States, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Onondaga County Public Library - Central Library is a member of the Central New York Library Resources Council.


American Humane Association 'Be Kind to Animals' Poster Collection

Early 20th century posters created by the American Humane Association to promote the “Be Kind to Animals” campaign.

Beauchamp Branch Photodocumentation Project, 1994

Photographs of an African American community in Syracuse, New York that were collected as part of a photo-documentation project.

Civil War Letters and Journal of Charles F. Weller

This collection consists of letters and a journal written by Charles F. Weller during his time as a soldier in the United States Civil War.

George W. Fenner World War I Photographs, Syracuse, NY, 1918

Photographs taken by George W. Fenner during World War I, documenting the people and activities supporting the war efforts in Syracuse, New York.

Lincoln Auditorium, Central High School Programs Collection

A collection of programs from events at the Lincoln Auditorium, spanning from the early to late-20th century.

Compass System Map of Onondaga County

A rural directory for locating farms and agricultural property in Onondaga County and a 1938 Map of Onondaga County.

Onondaga County Public Library at Jamesville Prison: A progress Report Page 1

A report produced in 1980 detailing the library's services to the Jamesville Correctional Facility during the previous year.  Included is an overview of the library prison program, prisoner writing samples, teaching aid examples and press coverage.

Postcards of Syracuse and Central New York

The Onondaga County Public Library Postcard Collection contains both mailed and unmailed postcards of buildings, scenes, and activities in and around Syracuse, New York, from throughout the twentieth century.

Quilt Patterns of Onondaga County, 1919-1923

Hand-drawn representations of quilts and quilt patterns completed by Virginia Beauchamp in the early 20th century.

Syracuse Central High School Archives

The Syracuse Central High School collection contains class photographs and diplomas from the late-19th century to mid-20th century.

SLURP, July 1975 Page 1

Newsletters produced by the Syracuse Lavender Union Reporting Press documenting the LGBTQ community in Syracuse.  The newsletters are part of the Chad Wheaton Papers on Syracuse Gay Rights Activism collection 1968-1993.

302 West Beard Ave Syracuse, NY 13205

The photographs in this collection depict homes and other buildings in the Syracuse region that are about to be demolished.

Commensurate With Her Capacities and Obligations, Are Woman's Rights Page 1

Four pamphlets centered on the issues of women's rights, written between 1850 and 1914.