Welcome! The History Center is requiring 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.
Research Library is currently closed to drop-in visitors. Please contact email@example.com regarding research requests and appointments.
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.
The Cornell Local History Research Library and Archives are located on the first floor of the Tompkins Center for History & Culture. Our collections contain nearly 100,000 photographs, over 1000 linear feet of archives, genealogy files for over 2,000 Tompkins County families, and 3,500 books relating to the history of Tompkins County.
The Cornell Local History Research Library, named in honor of Ezra Cornell, is a place for discovery about Tompkins County's past. Located on the first floor of the Tompkins Center for History & Culture overlooking the Exhibit Hall. Use of the research space and access to archival materials is free to all Tompkins County residents ($10/day for out of county residents). Individual research appointments can be arranged by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Have a question? Email your research question to our archivist directly.
The History Center’s research library serves casual browsers, scholars, school children, local historians, genealogists, and professional researchers. Along with providing access to diverse archival materials on local history and culture, The History Center is equipped to make professional-quality photographic copy prints and scans of photographs from our extensive photo collections. Researchers are also allowed to use digital cameras without flash, at the discretion of the archivist.
Contact our archivist at email@example.com with any questions.
Educators are encouraged to contact us to schedule a field trip for their class to get an inside look at our Archives.
If you are unable to visit our Research Library in person, we are happy to do research for you, for the following fees:
$50.00 per hour ($50 per hour + $4.00 sales tax)
Photocopies, photographic copy prints, and scans can be obtained at an additional cost.
Research requests need to be very specific. Our collections contain nearly 100,000 photographs, over 1000 linear feet of archives, genealogy files for over 2,000 Tompkins County families, and 4,000 books relating to the history of Tompkins County. It is likely that we will have information useful to you.
If you would like us to conduct research for you, please mail a letter to Donna Eschenbrenner - Archivist, detailing your request, with a check payable to The History Center in Tompkins County, 110 North Tioga Street, Suite 204A, Ithaca, NY 14850. Please specify the amount of time you would like us to devote to your research. Email requests are also honored with the fee payable by check or credit card. All requests should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free to individuals residing in Tompkins County