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.
The History Center's historic photograph collection is actually a collection of collections. It comprises several different individual collections separated by type, by subject, and sometimes by photographer. There are more than 100,000 photographs in all, and this crown jewel of the archives is among the most frequently used of all our research materials. Some of them are digitized and can be seen on the New York Heritage website.
Our photograph collections include over 100,000 images - Reprints available!
Access more digitized local records at the links below:
Beginning on September 10, 2021 all users of The History Center's Research Library will need to show proof of vaccination to be allowed into the space. Proof of vaccination may include a CDC issued card or a New York State Excelsior Pass. Unvaccinated researchers may coordinate research requests remotely with the support of our on-site archivist.
New York Heritage Digital Collections
New York Heritage is a collaborative project of eight of the nine Empire State Network library councils which supports the digital holding and archiving of materials from other institutions on their online database. The History Center archives include over 100,000 photographs; each year through grant support and staff labor we are able to digitize select collections and make them available through this valuable online resource.
Professional Photographer Collections in The History Center Archives
TOMPKINS COUNTY PHOTOGRAPH BOOKS