Research Library is currently closed to the public. Please contact email@example.com regarding research requests.
Have a question? Email your research question to our archivist directly.
The Cornell Local History Research Library and Thaler/Howell Archives are located on the first floor of the Tompkins Center for History & Culture. Our collections contain nearly 100,000 photographs, over 1000 linear feet of archives, genealogy files for over 2,000 Tompkins County families, and 4,000 books relating to the history of Tompkins County. The Cornell Local History Research Library, named in honor of Ezra Cornell, is open to the public by special appointment. The History Center’s research library serves casual browsers, scholars, school children, local historians, genealogists, and professional researchers.
An in-person visit offers you the most professional assistance and archival access. However, if you cannot come to the library, some services can be accessed from a distance. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Tompkins County residents may access the archives for free, out of county researchers are charged a modest fee.
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.
RESEARCH BY MAIL
If you are unable to visit our Research Library in person, we are happy to do research for you, for the following fees:
$50.00 per hour ($50 per hour + $4.00 sales tax)
Photocopies, photographic copy prints, and scans can be obtained at an additional cost.
Research requests need to be very specific. Our collections contain nearly 100,000 photographs, over 1000 linear feet of archives, genealogy files for over 2,000 Tompkins County families, and 4,000 books relating to the history of Tompkins County. It is likely that we will have information useful to you.
If you would like us to conduct research for you, please mail a letter to Donna Eschenbrenner - Archivist, detailing your request, with a check payable to The History Center in Tompkins County, 110 North Tioga Street, Suite 204A, Ithaca, NY 14850. Please specify the amount of time you would like us to devote to your research. Email requests are also honored with the fee payable by check or credit card. All requests should be sent to email@example.com.
Free to individuals residing in Tompkins County