Category Archives: Local History

Erie County Penitentiary Records Are Now in Ancestry ———We Found a Familiar Name!

If you are looking for the skeleton in your ancestor’s closet, Ancestry has just added a record set that may help.  Various New York State prison records are now available for research.  To access Erie County records, search for this … Continue reading

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2013 Local History Books: An end of year roundup!

2013 was a great year for local history books, and the Grosvenor Room was able to acquire titles on many popular Buffalo research subjects. Here are some of the most frequently asked for recently published books we added this year: … 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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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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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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Buffalo Bicycling History

Recent news on the auction of the Pedaling History Bicycle Museum collection sparked a search through our Sports Scrapbooks for more on Buffalo’s bicycling past.  Bicycles were hugely popular in the early 1900s, and Buffalo was home to several bicycle … Continue reading

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Shakespeare in the park…the early years

On June 14, 1904 Buffalonians were treated to an amateur outdoor production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, complete with “electrical effects,” a Greek dance, and Mendelssohn music.  Presented as a benefit for the Charity Foundation’s Church Home (an orphanage & … Continue reading

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