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Niagara University

19th Century Monographs on the History of Western New York

This collection contains two books relating to the history of Western New York: the History of Niagara County, N.Y. and the History of the City of Buffalo and Erie County.

The History of Niagara County, N.Y., with illustrations descriptive of its scenery, private residences, public buildings, fine blocks and important manufactories and portraits of old pioneers and prominent residents was published in 1878 by Sanford and Co. This book gives the reader a sense of the struggles the pioneers had while creating farmland, the war of 1812, relations with Native American tribes, detailed descriptions of each town in Niagara County as well as the founding of Niagara University. History of Niagara County is also filled with early etchings of some of the orchards and farms in the area.

History of the City of Buffalo and Erie County ; With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of its Prominent Men and Pioneers In Two Volumes. Volume 1, History of Erie County was published in 1884. Edited by H. Perry Smith, this book begins with a description of Erie County in 1620 of French and Dutch colonial settlers, Native American tribes, involvement in The Civil War (called The Union War in this book), railroad and other industrial and agricultural histories, as well as detailed descriptions of the histories of the towns in Erie County. Volume 2 of the same title begins with the time period just before the War of 1812 and covers cultural developments, banking, journalism, the first churches, the law and medical professions. Volume 2 concludes with pictures and biographical descriptions of early pioneers.



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