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College Archives & Special Collections: Genesee Valley Historical Collection

Genesee Valley Historical Collection

The Genesee Valley Historical Collection is the Library's largest and most accessible collection of local history materials. Its geographical scope covers the eight counties included in the Genesee River watershed in New York State:  Allegany, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Steuben, and Wyoming.

The collection includes books, serials, maps, atlases, video and sound recordings,  pamphlets and ephemera, plus some maps and rare/unique primary source materials which are kept locked when not in use.  Some of the richest and most heavily-used materials, including local newspapers and detailed U.S. census information, are on microfilm.

Accessing and using materials from the Genesee Valley Historical Collection

The collection is housed in Fraser Hall Library, where the stacks are closed (i.e., not directly accessible by users). Circulating materials may be requested via a link in the GLOCAT record for each item, and can be checked out for 28 days. Non-circulating materials may be requested by contacting the Special Collections Librarian, and must be used in Fraser Hall Library. 

Using Genesee Valley Historical materials in the classroom and research assignments

While the history of the Genesee Valley region is unique in many ways, almost any topic can be examined at the local level (e.g., demographics, social movements, industry, agriculture, environmental issues, education, indigenous culture) through a variety of secondary and primary sources available in the Genesee Valley Historical Collection.

Please contact the Special Collections Librarian to discuss ways to incorporate these materials into your assignments and class projects.

Genesee Valley Historical Collection Finding Aids


Selections from the Genesee Valley Historical Collection