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Research Collections

Here is a brief overview of our archival collections. Whether for genealogical research, a school project, or to learn more about your house, you will probably find something in the Marcham Library.

Collection Overview

Archives & Library

  • 4,000 bound books
  • 1000 linear feet of manuscript and archival materials
  • Archival Collections Finding Aids
  • Genealogy Resources

  • 2000 family genealogy files
  • 250 bound ledgers
  • 440 scrapbooks
  • 1,100 maps 

Genealogy Resources

  • Family genealogy files - over 2,000 Tompkins County families
  • Individual family genealogies
  • Obituary listings
  • Cemetery listings
  • Death and marriage notices
  • Census records
  • Ithaca city directories 
  • Local history books

Photographic Collections

over 100,000 images - reprints available!

  • General photo collection
  • Family albums
  • Photograph albums
  • Local professional photographers' collections
  • Identified Individuals photograph collection
  • Stereoviews & cartes-de-visite
  • 35mm slide collection 

Built Environment Resources 4

  • 1866 Atlas of Tompkins County
  • Sanborn Insurance maps of Ithaca
  • 1836, 1851, 1868, 1872, and 1889 Ithaca City Maps
  • Historic Structure Reports and theses
  • Bird's Eye View of Ithaca
  • Military Tract Map and Balloting Book (1825)
  • Tompkins County Historic Maps Online
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