Below is an extensive, but by no means comprehensive, list of local resources for those interested in historical exhibits or research. If we’ve left something out, please let us know!

Local History Division at Central Library

The Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County boasts one of the premier collections of local historical and genealogical materials in western New York, while smaller municipal libraries such as the Ogden Farmers’ Library in Spencerport, the Henrietta Public Library, and the Penfield Public Library have built collections of materials relevant to their particular towns. The Local History Division web page contains extensive lists of resources including contact information for town and village historians, local history collections of town libraries, and a page of links to museums and digital projects on New York State history.

Rochester History (magazine)
In January, 1939, Assistant City Historian Dr. Blake McKelvey published the first quarterly Rochester History pamphlet, focusing on Rochester and western New York. Rochester History has continued to be published quarterly since that time, and digitized versions of those pamphlets are available at the Central Library.

Rochester Images
The Rochester Images database includes thousands of historical and contemporary images from Rochester and Monroe County. Images were chosen from the collections of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County Local History Division, the City of Rochester Municipal Archives and City Hall Photo Lab, the Rochester Museum & Science Center, the Town of Brighton Historian’s Office, the Town of Perinton Historian’s Office, the Village of East Rochester Historian’s Office, and the Village of Hilton Historian’s Office. Photographs and postcards form the foundation of the database, which is searchable through the library catalog.

Frederick Douglass Resource Center
The FDRC is a center devoted to the celebration and study of the legacy of Frederick Douglass and to African-American history and culture generally. The FDRC contains a library, gallery, classroom, and meeting space, and hosts events throughout the year.

Susan B. Anthony House
Susan B. Anthony’s home from 1866 until her death in 1906 is a museum with an adjoining Visitors’ Center that hosts a variety of lectures and programs devoted to the study of Anthony and the Women’s Rights Movement.

The University of Rochester Rare Books & Manuscripts Library
Housed in the monumental Rush Rhees Library on the River Campus of the University of Rochester, the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections has important holdings of printed, manuscript and photographic materials on the history of this area of upstate New York. Its extensive website allows these materials to be searched in many ways. In addition, the Department maintains an active exhibition schedule, many of which have a local connection.

John L. Wehle Art Gallery
Beginning in May 2008, the gallery will feature an exhibit of 19th-21st century landscape paintings of this area, more than 20 of which have been loaned from the Rochester Historical Society’s collection.

New York History Net
A project of the New York State Historical Association, the New York State Archives Partnership Trust, and the New York Council for the Humanities, this rich digital resource connects you to museums, libraries, topical bibliographies, and more concerning the history of the Empire State.

The Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester

The Memorial Art Gallery’s permanent collection of more than 10,000 objects has been called the best balanced in the state outside of metropolitan New York City.

The Rochester Museum & Science Center
A museum/science center with three floors of hands-on, interactive exhibits in science & technology, natural science, and regional cultural heritage. World-class collections of 1.2 million objects embody the community’s many stories. The entire contents of RMSC’s rich community archives are catalogued in an interactive, online searchable database.

The Landmark Society of Western New York
The Landmark Society is an advocate for historic preservation in Rochester and the surrounding area of Monroe, Orleans, Wayne, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Wyoming, Yates, and Seneca Counties. It educates residents of this area about historic resources in the region, promotes the revitalization of historic communities, and assists homeowners, neighborhood organizations, and municipalities in their efforts to ensure that historic properties continue to play a vital role in the future of western New York.

GenWeb of Monroe County
This rich online resource, maintained by the Rochester Genealogical Society, contains historic maps of our region, maps of local cemeteries, digitized versions of select vital records from towns and villages throughout Monroe County, a message board for researchers, and more.

Genesee Country Village & Museum
This living history museum is the largest in New York, and one of the largest in the nation. Each of the 59 19th-century buildings has been moved to the site, restored to original condition, and furnished with period furniture and decorative arts. As you stroll through the buildings, “villagers” in period dress tell you about 1800s Genesee Country and American life. Live demonstrations of crafts and tasks of the 19th-century take place every day, including blacksmithing, cooking, spinning, tending the gardens and much more.

New York Museum of Transportation
This volunteer-run museum, located just 20 minutes south of Rochester in Rush, houses a treasure of artifacts, including a steam locomotive and several of the trolley cars that transported Rochesterians around the city in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum
Housed in a restored Erie Railroad depot and accessible via a short track car ride from the New York Museum of Transportation, this museum is home to an array of steam and diesel locomotives, cabooses, freight cars, passenger cars and more.