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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 our archives is among the most frequently used of all our research materials. Some of our collections are digitized and can be seen on New York Heritage Digital Collections

Our photograph collections include over 100,000 images - Reprints available!

  • General photo collection
  • Family albums
  • Photograph albums
  • Local professional photographers' collections
  • Identified Individuals photograph collection
  • Stereoviews & cartes-de-visite
  • Family, Business, and Organizations Collections
  • Daguerreotypes, tintypes, and ambrotypes

Archival Re-Prints Available

Written Documents Photographs
.50/copy (8.5 x 11) .75/copy (8.5 x 11)
.75/copy (8.5 x 14)1.00/copy (8.5 x 14)
1.00/copy (11 x 17) 1.50/copy (11 x 17)

    Contact our archivist at with any questions about our holdings. Or schedule an appointment to visit the Research LibraryAccess to the archival collections is free to all Tompkins County residents, $10/day fee for out of county researchers. 

    We provide printing and scanning services for photographs. Ask us about cost and use fee policies.

    Access to the archival collections is free to all Tompkins County residents, $10/day fee for out of county researchers. 

    In order to keep staff, volunteers, and visitors safe from Covid and other airborne viruses, researchers visiting our research library are strongly encouraged  to wear a mask properly over their mouth and nose the entire time they are in our space. 

    New York Heritage Digital Collections

    New York Heritage is a collaborative project of eight 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

    • C. Hadley Smith Photograph Collection
    • Charles Howes Collection
    • Clayton Smith Collection
    • Curt Forester Photograph Collection
    • Gordon Buzzell Collection
    • Henry Head Collection
    • J. F. Drake Collection
    • John Spires Collection
    • John Troy Collection
    • Joseph Burritt Collection
    • Louise Boyle Collection
    • Marion Wesp Collection
    • Ralph Baker Collection
    • Seth Sheldon Collection
    • Sol Goldberg Photograph Collection
    • Verne Morton Photograph Collection

    Please credit The History Center in Tompkins County if you reference these materials elsewhere. Eg. "Sean Eversley Bradwell Collection V-64-7-4 courtesy The History Center in Tompkins County, Ithaca New York."

    'Keeping Up With the Collections - Celebrating Ithaca's Neighborhoods in Photographs'

    A 2022 Presentation to the South Central Regional Library Council

    Donna Eschenbrenner and Eve Snyder of The History Center in Tompkins County presented to the South Central Regional Library Council on The History Center's unique photo collections and their use in the innovative program HistoryForge, where images, maps, and census data merge to tell the story of Ithaca's built environment and the people who lived there.


    With a Jewelers Eye - 1860's

    Verne Morton Early 1900's

    Sol Goldberg - 1956-'65

    Physical Address

    Located inside the Tompkins Center for History & Culture

    110 North Tioga Street

    (On the Ithaca Commons) 

    Ithaca NY, 14850 USA

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