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The Tompkins County Historian curates and preserves historic collections, documents, photographs, artifacts, and records owned by the Town that have importance to the founding and continuing growth of Tompkins County. The historian also researches, writes, and makes public presentations on aspects of town history, serving as a resource to the community. This position is not directly staffed by The History Center in Tompkins County but rather is employed by the county. 

The Tompkins County Historian has an office located beside the back entrance to the Cornell Local Research Library within the Exhibit Hall, and another office at the Tompkins County Administrator building.

125 East Court Street
Ithaca, NY  14850

Phone: (607) 274-5551

Contact by Email

Tompkins County Historian Carol Kammen Awarded 2020 Herbert H. Lehman Prize for Distinguished Service in New York History

Interview of Tompkins County Historian Carol Kammen by the Out of Bounds Radio Show in 2007 (27 min)


Physical Address

Located inside the Tompkins Center for History & Culture

110 North Tioga Street

(On the Ithaca Commons) 

Ithaca NY, 14850 USA

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Exhibit HallWednesday-Saturday 10am-5pm - CLOSED Sun-Tues

Cornell Local History Research Library & Archives - By appointment only. Please contact


Email: Refer to Contact page for individual emails, General inquiries to

Phone: 607-273-8284


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