Dive deep into the county's history with us!
The Cornell Local History Research Library and Thaler/Howell Archives are located in the new location of The History Center in Tompkins County, within the Tompkins Center for History & Culture. Find full visitor information here.
The Cornell Local History Research Library, named in honor of Ezra Cornell, is a place for discovery about Tompkins County's past. The History Center’s research library serves casual browsers, 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.
Additional local history materials, including microfilm, books, and research assistance are available at the Tompkins County Public Library, either in person or online.