Welcome! The History Center is requiring that all visitors continue to wear masks inside the Tompkins Center for History & Culture. Our visitors include young audiences and others who are unable to be vaccinated. We appreciate your respect and awareness in following our Health & Safety Protocols to keep all our visitors safe.
Our collections contain nearly 100,000 photographs, over 1000 linear feet of archives, genealogy files for over 2,000 Tompkins County families, and 3,500+ books relating to the history of Tompkins County.
The Cornell Local History Research Library, named in honor of Ezra Cornell, is open to the public by appointment. The History Center’s research library serves casual browsers, scholars, school children, local historians, genealogists, and professional researchers.
An in-person visit offers you the most professional assistance and archival access. However, if you cannot come to the library, some services can be accessed from a distance. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Our manuscript collections include finding aids, which are detailed box lists that describe the contents of each collection. They are critical introductions to the collections, and some of the many Finding Aids in The History Center's archives can be seen and downloaded below.
Thanks to a year-long grant (2021-2022) grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation The History Center in Tompkins County has received generous funds to support the creation of more Archival Finding Aids from our archival collections. The list below will be added to regularly in the coming months as we complete these new additions.
Contact email@example.com if you are searching for a collection not listed here.
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