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Local and SUNY Geneseo History: Primary Sources

Discovering and Accessing Unique/Archival Local and SUNY-Geneseo History Materials in Fraser Hall Library

Fraser Hall Library's Special Collections are rich in primary source materials, including manuscript items and other unique materials. Explore the tabs above to discover ways to find these resources, plus those available elsewhere. Please contact the Special Collections Librarian for research assistance. 

County, Town, and Village Historians and Historical Societies

This guide includes resources available at historical agencies most relevant to Geneseo, but all New York State counties have official historians, and most have historical societies as well. The Association of Public Historians of NYS list of county, town and village historians will lead you to the historian/collection you need. The list is arranged numerically by region -- local counties are in Regions 11 and 12.

Regional and New York State Resources

See also the collections listed under "Digital Projects" at the UR Libraries' Exhibitions, Projects, and Publications page (

Other Resources

For a broader,  more complete list of primary source digital collections, go to the History LibGuide page Finding Primary Sources Online

Special Collections Librarian


While not an exhaustive list, the resources below provide thousands of digital maps, including many of local historical interest.

See also the Library's Maps Research Guide for more information and links.