Category Archives: Local History

American Historian in Buffalo Yearbook

Richard Hofstadter was an American intellectual and historian twice awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his works, The Age of Reform (1956) and Anti-Intellectualism in American Life (1964). Born in Buffalo in 1916, he attended the Fosdick-Masten Park High School. He … Continue reading

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From the Library Archives: Central Library Dedication, October 17, 1964

This week we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the dedication of our Central Library building. On October 17, 1964, the newly built 5-story Library, the anchor of the Buffalo & Erie County System, was formally opened by civic leaders, authors, … Continue reading

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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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It’s Yearbook Time – Let’s Celebrate Awkward Yearbook Photos

Check out our Yearbook Guide to see if we have your awkward yearbook photos!  The Hair…  The Candids…  The Expressions The Artistry The Poses…

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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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