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Please note: Due to electrical updates, The Buffalo History Museum will be closed from December 1-8, 2014.  The Library will not be open during this time and our access to email will be sporadic at best.  The Library will reopen on Wednesday, December 10.

The Library is responsible for all two-dimensional items in the Museum's collection: books, pamphlets, letters, diaries, personal papers, organizational & business records, periodicals, newspapers, scrapbooks, photographs, postcards, prints, drawings, posters, maps, atlases, microfilms, and even some DVDs.

We have major collections on the Holland Land Company, Millard Fillmore, Seneca Indians, the Pan-American Exposition, the Larkin Company, and much more.  A new collecting initiative is our Newlywed Project.  

If your roots are in Western New York, our genealogical resources may help you find them. We are the leading destination for Buffalo house history researchers.  We have a special introduction for first-time visitors.  We welcome you to discover us.

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Wednesdays through Saturdays,
1:00 to 5:00 pm,
plus 6-8 pm on 2nd & 4th
Wednesday evenings.
No appointments necessary,
Museum members admitted free.
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Telephone: 716.873.9644 x 306
Fax: 716.873.8754

Research Library
Buffalo History Museum
1 Museum Court
Buffalo, NY 14216-3199