Author Archives: Grosvenor Room Genealogy and Local History Blog

110th Anniversary of The NY to Paris Race

In 1908, a car manufactured in Buffalo gained international acclaim by winning the an unprecedented  “New York to Paris Race.” At the dawn of the 20th century, automobiles were an infant technology with none of the infrastructure we take for … Continue reading

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The Grosvenor Room welcomes new Arlen and Yellen songs to our sheet music collection!

Twenty-one Harold Arlen and Jack Yellen songs have been added to the Grosvenor Room’s sheet music collection.  The Grosvenor Room now carries about 260 songs (combined) by these Buffalo composers. Harold Arlen was born in Buffalo in 1905 and lived … Continue reading

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A Curiosity for Mother’s Day

This charming book was found in the Grosvenor Room’s music stacks.  Published in 1907, it was intended to entertain and build moral character.  The authors, John Alden Carpenter and his wife Rue, were well-known in music circles during the first … Continue reading

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B&ECPL history: How it all began

The origin of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library system dates back to 1836, when the Young Men’s Association (YMA) established a collection of books of permanent or lasting value for its members.  60 years later, this “members only” institution … Continue reading

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Vinyl Divas

This Women’s History Month, surround yourself with the sound of strong, powerful women.  Visit the Grosvenor Room to find your favorite divas on vinyl.    

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Pictorial Buffalo

Since book illustrator and artist Mario Zucca created his colorful pictorial “map” of Buffalo in 2016, the library has proudly displayed it in the Central Library’s Grosvenor Room.  Soon afterward, a creative enterprise by Zoom Copy reproduced the map as … Continue reading

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A Piece of Buffalo’s Church Music History Is Discovered

Amidst a book-shifting project, a Grosvenor Room staff member noticed a curious tome. The aged, inscribed volume revealed itself as a hand-drawn music manuscript. It belonged to Carl Friedrich Baum (1822-1899) who was a music teacher and organist.  Born in … Continue reading

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