Research Library


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Please note the special hours in the Research Library:

Wednesdays: 1-5 pm and 6-8 pm
Thursdays: 1-5 pm
Fridays: 1-5 pm
Saturdays: 1-5 pm
The Library is closed Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, and national holidays

  • Admission
  • A professional librarian is always on duty during Library hours
  • No appointments necessary

About Our Collections

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, cookbooks & menus, Millard Fillmore, Seneca Indians, the Pan-American Exposition, the Larkin Compan, and much more.  A new collecting initiative is our Newlywed Project.  

You can follow our new acquisitions, check out our book wish list, or explore our extensive link collection.  Here are Ten Things You Can Do in the Research Library.  Plus, the Museum's blog often features Library collections and news.

Effective January 1, 2015, everyone who wishes to use manuscript material (anything marked in FRANK with a red icon or a hyphen in the call number) must submit a Scholar Pass application and present valid photo ID upon arrival.

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.

Contact Us

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716-873-9644 ext. 305
Research Library
The Buffalo History Museum
1 Museum Court
Buffalo, New York 14216-3199
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