The History Center's historic photograph collection is actually a collection of collections. It comprises several different individual collections separated by type, by subject, and sometimes by photographer. There are more than 100,000 photographs in all, and this crown jewel of our archives is among the most frequently used of all our research materials. Some of our collections are digitized and can be seen on New York Heritage Digital Collections.
Our photograph collections include over 100,000 images - Reprints available!
Archival Re-Prints Available
Access more digitized local records at the links below:
Contact our archivist at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about our holdings. Or schedule an appointment to visit the Research Library. Access to the archival collections is free to all Tompkins County residents, $10/day fee for out of county researchers.
We provide printing and scanning services for photographs. Ask us about cost and use fee policies.
Beginning on September 10, 2021 all users of The History Center's Research Library will need to show proof of vaccination to be allowed into the space. Proof of vaccination may include a CDC issued card or a New York State Excelsior Pass. Unvaccinated researchers may coordinate research requests remotely with the support of our on-site archivist.
New York Heritage Digital Collections
New York Heritage is a collaborative project of eight Empire State Network library councils which supports the digital holding and archiving of materials from other institutions on their online database. The History Center archives include over 100,000 photographs; each year through grant support and staff labor we are able to digitize select collections and make them available through this valuable online resource.
Professional Photographer Collections in The History Center Archives
Please credit The History Center in Tompkins County if you reference these materials elsewhere. Eg. "Sean Eversley Bradwell Collection V-64-7-4 courtesy The History Center in Tompkins County, Ithaca New York."
'Keeping Up With the Collections - Celebrating Ithaca's Neighborhoods in Photographs'
A 2022 Presentation to the South Central Regional Library Council
Donna Eschenbrenner and Eve Snyder of The History Center in Tompkins County presented to the South Central Regional Library Council on The History Center's unique photo collections and their use in the innovative program HistoryForge, where images, maps, and census data merge to tell the story of Ithaca's built environment and the people who lived there.
TOMPKINS COUNTY HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPH BOOKS