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Research Library and Collections

We are closed as we unpack at our new location within the Tompkins Center for History and Culture in early 2019. Check back for updates.




The John Marcham Research Library is a place for discovery about Tompkins County's past. The History Center’s research library serves casual browsers and scholars, school children, local historians, genealogists, and professional researchers. Along with providing access to diverse archival materials on local history and culture, The History Center is equipped to make professional quality photographic copy prints and scans of photographs from our extensive photo collections. Researchers are also allowed to use digital cameras without flash, for a fee, at the discretion of the archivist. 

Review The History Center's  Guide to Research Services for more detail.


Additional local history materials, including microfilm, books and research assistance are available at the Tompkins County Public Library or ONLINE!


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