Welcome! The History Center is requesting that all visitors continue to wear masks inside the Tompkins Center for History & Culture. Our visitors include young audiences and others who are unable to be vaccinated. We appreciate your respect and awareness in following our Health & Safety Protocols to keep all our visitors safe.
Our collections contain nearly 100,000 photographs, over 1000 linear feet of archives, genealogy files for over 2,000 Tompkins County families, and 3,000 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 appointment each week. 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 email@example.com with questions.