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:

The Angola Horror : the 1867 train wreck that shocked the nation and transformed American railroads

Jewish community of Greater Buffalo (Images of America Series)

Kleinhans Music Hall : Buffalo architecture, mid-century modern

Love Canal (Images of America Series)

No stoppin’ this boppin’ : let the good times roll

The Roycroft Campus (Postcard History Series)

Steel’s: A forgotten stock market scandal from the 1920s

And, here are few popular new additions from recent years:

Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo architecture, mid-century modern) 

Artpark 1974-1984 

Bipolar Buffalo : a mosaic of minds journey

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buffalo venture : from the Larkin Building to Broadacre City : a catalogue of buildings and projects

M&T Bank : Buffalo architecture, mid-century modern 

Niagara Falls : 1850-2000 (Images of America Series) 

More to come in the new year!

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Genealogy 101 Class This Sunday

Genealogy 101

January 5th, 2014 2 PM

Forest Lawn is one of the largest repositories of individual and family heritage in Western New York. We invite you to join Forest Lawn and speaker Rhonda Konig, Grosvenor Room Librarian at Buffalo & Erie County’s Central Library, in the historic Forest Lawn chapel for an introduction to genealogy research, including basic concepts, types of records used, and an overview of genealogy resources available through the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library System. Seating is limited; reservations are required. Tickets for this Sunday In The Cemetery® Concert & Lecture Series event are $15.

Order tickets at the following link:


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Wizard of Oz Genealogy

From now through April 2014, the Rare Book Room is displaying their collection of Wizard of Oz books as part of  “The Wonderful Wizardry of Baum” exhibit.  Wizard of Oz memorabilia, quotes and imagery can be found throughout the Central Library.

The Central Library is also hosting a number of Wizard of Oz related programs.  See the Calendar of Events on the Library’s home page for more information.

Check out the links below to see if you are related to the following Wizard of Oz associated people.

L. Frank Baum – The Wonderful Wizard of Oz author.

Judy Garland – Played Dorothy in the 1939 Wizard of Oz film.

Bert Lahr – Played the Cowardly Lion in the 1939 Wizard of Oz film.

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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, San Diego, 23-0.  Ranked third in team offense and first in defense, many ’65 Bills team members went on to play in the Pro Bowl and were ranked as first team All-Pro players.  Click the images to view them full-sized.

Scrapbook, Sports in Buffalo, Volume 2. Buffalo *GV584.5 B9 B9 V.2

Image   Image 

Stratton and Edgerson (p430)   Butch Byrd (p421) 

 Daryle Lamonica (p423)   Elbert Dubemon (p431)

Ernie Warlick (p418)   George Saimes (p433)

Jack Kemp (p409)   Tom Sestak (p410)

Lou Saban (p442)   Ralph Wilson (p443)


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A Soldier’s Scrapbook

A Soldier's Scrapbook

Selections from a scrapbook compiled in Buffalo by Thelma Hildebrand for her husband, Private Nelson Fischer, 1941-1942. The book documents Nelson’s travels as a soldier, and includes napkins, matchbooks, telegrams, greeting cards, and even bars of soap.

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Donate your old yearbooks to the Library!


Looking for a home for your unwanted yearbooks?  Consider donating them to the Library!  Once beloved mementos for young students, old high school and college yearbooks are now treasured by genealogists, local historians, and even school reunion planners.

The Grosvenor Room has a large collection of Buffalo area yearbooks, but it does not include all schools or years.  Due to cost, we rely on kind donations to add to this collection.

We would love to add yearbooks that are…

  • From a high school or college in Erie County, from any year.
  • In good condition; no mold or water damage, please.
  • From schools we do not have, namely private and parochial, and more recent schools such as City Honors and Performing Arts.

Donated yearbooks can be dropped off in the Grosvenor Room at the Central Library. 

To learn which yearbooks we currently have, check this guide.

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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 was a member of the Abigail Fillmore Chapter, a local DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) organization.


[Daughters of the American Revolution, Abigail Fillmore Chapter Scrapbooks]. [Buffalo, N.Y.: Abigail Fillmore Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution], 1926. Vol.1. Grosvenor Room E202.5.N53 B825

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