Nothing brings the past alive quite like photographs from days gone by, and images of old Buffalo are no exception. Whether you’re researching architecture, a local business, street or neighborhood, locating an early photograph is like finding a treasure. Books that primarily consist of illustrations and photographs are often the best source for local history researchers seeking images. This Illustration Guide lists and provides an index to select books in the Buffalo Collection that include images of late 19th century and early 20th century Western New York. Locating such images can often be a difficult task, and this guide is one resource that can assist searchers.
Two recent photo-centric publications have just been added to our collection. Copies can also be found at several branch libraries. Check our online catalog to see where you can pick up these titles:
Bygone Buffalo: Photographs from the Past. Edited by Michael Mulley; Introduction by Mark Goldman. F129.B88 A22 2010
Western New York and the Gilded Age. By Julianna Fiddler Woite, Mary Beth Paulin Scumaci, and Peter C. Scumaci. F126.9.F53 2010.
Top image source: Main Street & Shelton Square, Buffalo, N.Y. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.