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Wizard of Oz Genealogy

From now through April 2014, the Rare Book Room is displaying their collection of Wizard of Oz books as part of  “The Wonderful Wizardry of Baum” exhibit.  Wizard of Oz memorabilia, quotes and imagery can be found throughout the Central Library. … Continue reading

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Retro Buffalo Bills

These Buffalo Bills caricatures were found in the Sports in Buffalo scrapbook at the Central Library’s Grosvenor Room.   The Courier Express featured the drawings during the 1965 season, a year that the Bills won the AFL Championship, upsetting the favorite, … Continue reading

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A Soldier’s Scrapbook

Selections from a scrapbook compiled in Buffalo by Thelma Hildebrand for her husband, Private Nelson Fischer, 1941-1942. The book documents Nelson’s travels as a soldier, and includes napkins, matchbooks, telegrams, greeting cards, and even bars of soap.

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Donate your old yearbooks to the Library!

Looking for a home for your unwanted yearbooks?  Consider donating them to the Library!  Once beloved mementos for young students, old high school and college yearbooks are now treasured by genealogists, local historians, and even school reunion planners. The Grosvenor … Continue reading

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Fun find in a D.A.R. Scrapbook

Here’s a unique item from one of our scrapbooks: a beautiful table place card from a dinner held in 1931 at the Town Club on Delaware Ave.  This scrapbook was compiled from 1926 to 1931 by Mrs. Belle Morgan, who … Continue reading

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Women of Library History: Grosvenor Room Leading Ladies of Yesterday

The original Grosvenor Library (1871-1974, Franklin and Edward Streets)  established a magnificent reference collection that remains the core of our current genealogy, local history, music, and rare book collections.  For Women’s History Month, we honor and remember two librarians who … Continue reading

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Clipping the History of Buffalo

“Serious students researching a local subject may find that the library is way ahead of them” touted a Buffalo Evening News article from 1967. Indeed, the  Scrapbook Collection in the Grosvenor Room has helped many by providing a significant slice … Continue reading

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