Category Archives: Local History

Buffalo Music History Resources

The Grosvenor Room has many resources to help you research Buffalo’s rich music history.   The Buffalo Collection includes books on music organizations and musicians, as well as scrapbooks and newspaper clipping files. Check out our new research guide on Buffalo … Continue reading

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Local History from Home – Online Books

For this installment we’ll cover two free websites with substantial collections of historic books, journals, magazines, government documents and other publications: Google Books and HathiTrust.  Both sites were launched over 10 years ago and have become essential tools for history … Continue reading

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Local History from Home – Yearbooks

In this latest installment in our “Local History from Home” series, we’ll cover a few online sources for high school yearbooks.  Yearbooks are frequently used for genealogy and reunion planning. They can also be a good resource for historic information … Continue reading

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Local History from Home – Sanborn Maps

Sanborn fire insurance maps are large-scale detailed property maps that include building outlines and  property boundaries. You can use Sanborn maps to locate homes, churches, schools, and businesses, and learn the history of a street or neighborhood.  Along with other … Continue reading

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Local History from Home – City Directories

Our “Local History from Home” series continues with another resource we use constantly–City directories.  A city directory is an alphabetical list of adult residents along with their home address and often their occupation or employer. These directories are similar in … Continue reading

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Local History from Home – Newspapers

Looking for a new project to keep you busy during isolation?  Maybe you’ve always wanted to research the history of your house, learn more about a local family business or a historic event in Buffalo, or dig up information on … Continue reading

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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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