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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:

$43.20 per hour ($40 per hour + $3.20 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. They should be sent to

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