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Archives & Research

Archives & Research

Our archives and special collections reflect over a hundred years as a dependable repository of the community’s history. What began as the Holden Americana Collection in the late 19th century has grown into a modern archives with materials that document our region.

Our collections include books and other publications, serials, maps, photographs, scrapbooks, family papers, business and organizational records, art and object collections, and many other materials that are actively added each year. These materials are catalogued, stored in an archival environment, and made available to the public via our staffed research room during regular hours.

Search the Special Collections
Our new database will provide online access to many of our special collections.

Genealogy
The Library has several databases (Ancestry Library Edition, Fold3 by Ancestry, and Heritage Quest Online) to help with your family history research. In addition, our archivist Erica Wolfe Burke specializes in genealogy and we provide genealogy workshops on a regular basis. 

New York Heritage Digital Collections
New York Heritage is a research portal for learning more about the people, places and events that contribute to the making of New York State. The Folklife Center is one of many cultural heritage institutions that have added materials to this site.