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Amherst Museum

 

Amherst Museum

Amherst Museum is an educational institution whose mission is to engage a diverse audience in the exploration of history and its influence on present-day life in the Niagara Frontier, with emphasis on the Town of Amherst. Visitors can experience 19th-century life and tour historic homes, churches and one-room schoolhouses on the 35-acre grounds with exhibits on local history, textiles, art and the Erie Canal. Special Events include Scottish Festival, Halloween trick-or-treating and a children's summer day camp.

Amherst Museum, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Rd., Amherst, NY 14228
Phone: (716) 689-1440

Collections:
Hardy Family Photographs
A History of the Town of Amherst, New York, 1818-1965

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Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society  

Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society

The Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, founded in 1862, is located in the Delaware Park area of Buffalo, NY.  Collections highlights include Pan-American Exposition artifacts, the Red Jacket Peace Medal, the Pierce Motorette (an early motor vehicle), and prototype pacemakers, among the 80,000-plus items in our care. Sketches and paintings chronicle two centuries of growth of the city of Buffalo and surrounding land, and portraiture ranges from Peter Porter, one time Secretary of War, to Presidents Grover Cleveland, and Millard Fillmore. The Research Library and Archives collections document the history of the City of Buffalo and the surrounding region. Subjects of special interest include Native Americans in Western New York, settlement of Western New York, the War of 1812, and local regiments in the Civil War, the Erie Canal, Niagara Falls, the Pan-American Exposition, and local businesses. If you have questions about any of the images contained in these collections, please contact the Research Library:

Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, Research Library, 25 Nottingham Court, Buffalo, NY 14216
Phone: (716) 873-9644 x306

Collections:
Buffalo Address Book and Family Directory
Crystal Beach Collection
War of 1812 Collection

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Buffalo and Erie County Public Library

The Buffalo and Erie County Public Library (BECPL) serves as a center of information, education, culture and entertainment for the residents of Erie County.

Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 858-8900 Fax: (716) 858-6211

Collections:
New York to Paris Race

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Buffalo Museum of Science  

Buffalo Museum of Science

The Buffalo Museum of Science, through collections, research, education and interpretation, provides opportunities for all people to develop a scientific understanding of the natural and cultural world with an emphasis on the Greater Niagara Region. The Museum challenges everyone to use their knowledge of science to enhance respect for each other and the environment. The Museum's Research Library holdings reflect the areas of the Museum's research including: anthropology, archaeology, astronomy, botany, geology, invertebrate zoology, museology, mycology, paleontology, and vertebrate zoology. The Museum receives over 400 journal titles each year and the collection covers the topics listed above, as well as science education, other museums' publications, and local and affiliated scientific society publications.

Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humbolt Parkway, Buffalo, NY 14211
Phone: (716) 896-5200

Collections:
Bentley Snow Crystal Collection

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Canisius College  

Canisius College

Founded in 1870, Canisius College is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the nation. It is a private four-year university in Buffalo, New York. Canisius offers more than 70 majors, minors and special programs leading to bachelor and masters degrees through the College of Arts & Sciences, the Richard J. Wehle School of Business, and the School of Education and Human Services. Canisius provides many options for career preparation or higher-level educational pursuits.

Canisius College, 2001 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14208
Phone: (716) 883-7000

Collections:
The Griffin
Canisius College Visitors

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Center For Inquiry Libraries  

Center for Inquiry Libraries

The Center for Inquiry is an umbrella organization that provides services for the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI) and the Council for Secular Humanism. The purpose of the Center for Inquiry is to contribute to the public understanding and appreciation of science and reason, and their applications to human conduct. Through education and advocacy, the Center for Inquiry continues to be a world-wide organization that teaches the use of critical thinking to all areas of human endeavor.

The Libraries have world-class collections in the areas of philosophy, skepticism, freethought, humanism, the paranormal, and the occult, in addition to periodical and journal collections, an archive, and many other resources. We are Subject Experts on the Paranormal for WNYLRC's and OCLC's Ask Us 24/7 Virtual Reference Program.

Center for Inquiry Libraries, 3965 Rensch Road, Amherst, NY 14228
Phone: (716) 636-4869

Collections:
Nickell Collection of Dr. R.V. Pierce Medical Artifacts

Chatauqua-Cattaraugus Library System  

Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System

The mission of the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System is to foster, strengthen, and improve public library services within its two-county service area.

The Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System is a cooperative Public Library System serving 36 member libraries in a two-county area of 2,415 square miles.  It is a rural area; most of its 223,705 people live in scattered hamlets and small villages.  The member libraries serve populations ranging up to 31,730, but the majority serve populations of less than 4,000. All chartered public libraries in the System's service area are members of the System. 

Collections:
Jamestown and Olean, NY City Directories from 1875-1916

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McGrath Library at Hilbert College

Hilbert College is an independent institution of higher learning that embraces its Catholic Franciscan heritage and values. Students from diverse backgrounds are educated in liberal arts and professional programs to become informed citizens committed to serving and strengthening their communities.

McGrath Library provides resources, both human and material, for the perpetuation of learning. With the continued cooperation and support of both the administration and faculty, McGrath provides for Hilbertís students, faculty, and staff, an extension of the classroom as well as a laboratory for learning and research. We strongly ascribe to the Collegeís Franciscan values.

McGrath Library, Hilbert College, 5200 South Park Avenue, Hamburg, NY 14075
Phone: (716) 649-7900

Collections:
Sister Joannette Rutkowski, FSSJ, Archives and Historical Collection

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Niagara University Library  

Niagara University

Niagara University educates its students and enriches their lives through programs in the liberal arts and through career preparation, informed by the Catholic and Vincentian traditions.

Nigara University Library, Lewiston Rd., Niagara University, NY 14109
Phone: (716) 286-8000

Collections:
19th Century Monographs on the History of Western New York

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SUNY Fredonia

About SUNY Fredonia

SUNY Fredonia, Daniel A. Reed Library, Fredonia, NY 14063
Phone: (716) 673-3184

Collections:
Holland Land Company Maps

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University at Buffalo Libraries  

University at Buffalo

The University at Buffalo Libraries are the largest in the 64-campus SUNY system. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a comprehensive research-intensive public university dedicated to academic excellence and engagement with regional, national, and international communities.

University at Buffalo, Special Collections, 420 Capen Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260
Phone: (716) 645-2916, Fax: (716) 645-3714

Collections:
Darwin D. Martin Family Photographs
Love Canal Images
The Spectrum, the University at Buffalo's Student Newspaper
University at Buffalo Student Newspapers, 1921-1950

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