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Books can be purchased in-person at our Exhibit Hall on the first floor of the Tompkins Center for History & Culture or ordered below. We encourage those interested in local history titles to check our local bookstores: Autumn Leaves Used BooksBuffalo Street Books, Cornell Press, and Odyssey Bookstore.

**Educators interested in acquiring discounted or free copies for their schools or learning spaces are encouraged to reach out to us.**

Many local history books not available for purchase can be read in our Research Library.

The Tompkins County Public Library has also digitized many books from their local history collection which can be read on their website (no membership needed). 

For many decades the DeWitt Historical Society (now The History Center in Tompkins County) helped authors and researchers publish more than 80 books on local history. Since 2019 we have moved away from publishing books as our public programming and education offerings have grown in our new location at the Tompkins Center for History & Culture. We are happy to support local history authors with research needs, public programming, and promotion of their finished books. Contact with any questions.


(in alphabetical order)


The titles below may be available to read in our Research Library, found on the Autumn Leaves Used Books local history shelf, or at the Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale. There are no current plans by The History Center to re-print or re-stock these titles. 

  • Aunt Becky's Army Life
  • Tompkins County New York - Images of Work and Play
  • Old Indian Trails in Tompkins County
  • Ithaca Radio
  • Images of America - Groton
  • Barns of New York - Rural Architecture of the Empire State

Professor Liberty Hyde Bailey in a library. 

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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Exhibit Hall Wednesday-Saturday 10am-6pm - CLOSED Sun-Tues

Cornell Local History Research Library & Archives - By appointment only. Please contact


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