Category Archives: Local History

Black History in Buffalo

In celebration of Black History month, we’re highlighting some of the historic resources in the Grosvenor Room’s local history collection. The first Buffalo directory, published in 1828, printed a list of “Names of Coloured People,” documenting early Black settlers in … Continue reading

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Buffalo History books of 2018

In case you missed some of the local history titles published recently, here are a few of the popular books added to the Buffalo Collection in 2018.  Some may have been published prior to 2018, but are new to our … Continue reading

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A Taste of History

We’re celebrating American Archives Month this October by highlighting local food history in our collection!  The Buffalo Collection includes several cookbooks compiled by community organizations and businesses, as well as professional and amateur chefs. Even the B&ECPL Staff Association produced a … Continue reading

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Saying Goodbye to Summer

The turning of the new fall season has us taking a last look at lush trees and full foliage. These charming 1930s pictures are part of the Grosvenor Room Collection and can be found in the Trees in and Around … Continue reading

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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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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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