The Collection | Hours | Dedication Ceremony | Newspapers | Vertical Files | Film and Video
Atlases, maps and Census materials | Photographs | Genealogy Research |
Artifacts & Costumes
Books & Archival Materials | Photocopies | More information

Alfred History Online: images from the collection

Alfred Bicentennial Quilt Project

National Register of Historic Places: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Livingston, Steuben, Wyoming counties


About the Collection

The collection was organized in 1964 by Jean B. Lang, who was the curator until 1991, and contains historical and genealogical information from the Western New York area, with an emphasis on Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Monroe, and Steuben counties. This special resource was officially renamed the Jean B. Lang Western New York Historical Collection in February, 2002 and is also the official repository for the Alfred Historical Society. The room is open for research during library hours. The materials housed in this collection must be used in the Library. Photocopying is available.


Books and Archival Materials

  • Use the library's online catalog to find books, audiovisual, and archival materials in the collection
  • Call numbers starting with "Hist" are in this collection
  • Newspapers

    The Alfred Sun is available from 1884 - 1970 in microfilm format, and from 1973--date in hard copy. Some indexing is available. For an index to personal names in the Alfred Sun, consult: Hist AI 21 A47 1973-1987.   Much of the Sabbath Register and the Sabbath Recorder is also available on microfilm, with a partial index. These two newspapers list many marriages and deaths of Seventh Day Baptists from 1840 to the present.

    The Patriot (Cuba, NY) is available from October 1972 - June 8, 1977.

    The Whitesville News is now located in the Whitesville Public Library, and the Andover News (1887-1958) is on microfilm and now available at the Andover Free Library.

    Atlases, Maps, and Census Materials

    Early area atlases are stored on the oversize shelves under the bound newspapers. Historical and topographical maps are in the map case. Census material is cataloged under: Hist HA 201.. and Hist F 118...

    Vertical Files

    The vertical files contain clippings, pamphlets, documents, etc. filed by subject. A genealogy file contains genealogical papers arranged alphabetically by family name.

    Film and Video

    The collection contains about two dozen videotapes, including copies of films about life in Alfred made from the 1930's to the 1960's by Varick Nevins; and "Souvenirs and Heirlooms Today," a 1979 series that profiles the hobbies and interests of several elderly Allegany County residents.


    Over 3,000 photographs are indexed by subject and name. The collection also includes slides, transparencies, and postcards of the Western New York area.

    Artifacts and Costumes

    The collection includes a limited selection of artifacts, quilts, and costumes for display purposes.

    Genealogy Research

    Geneological researchers will be interested in:

    The Brownell Collection: information on primarily Andover and Allegany County, New York families arranged by last name and including obituaries from the Wellsville Daily Reporter, 1966-1973

    Eldridge Collection: notebooks arranged alphabetically by last name and by counties in New York State

    Indices of Eldridge family source material: names found in the New England Historical and Geneological Register

    Surname index for vertical files

    Tree Talks, published quarterly by the Central New York Genealogical Society

    Internet access is available in the Hinkle Library.  Patrons may wish to link to genealogical sites such as: (Cyndi's List)
    A gateway site to over 40,000 genealogical souces on the Internet (USGenWeb Project)
    One of the best sites for U.S. genealogical information (Genuki:  Genealogy in the UK & Ireland)
    The place to start for genealogical information on the United Kingdom and Ireland

    County historians of New York State

    Please note that in-depth genealogical research assistance is not available. Reference help is generally available during business hours (8 am - 4 pm) or by calling (607) 587-4313.


    Copies of paper material and microfilm may be made for 10 cents per exposure


    Regular Library hours:

    Monday - Thursday 8 am - 12 midnight

    Friday 8 am - 5 pm

    Saturday 1 pm - 9 pm

    Sunday  1 pm - 12 midnight

    During the summer and College vacations, the hours vary. It is always a good idea to write or call the library (607) 587- 4313 before coming.

    For More Information Contact:

    David Haggstrom, Special Collections Librarian (e-mail: )


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