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Planning Your First Visit to the Research Library Research Library The Buffalo History Museum 1 Museum Court Buffalo, NY 14216 [email protected]

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Page 1: Planning Your First Visit to the Research Library

Planning Your First Visit

to the

Research Library

Research Library

The Buffalo History Museum

1 Museum Court

Buffalo, NY 14216

[email protected]

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We’re a National Historic Landmark

• Founded in 1862 as the Buffalo Historical Society

• Building designed by George Cary in 1900

• Expanded our name in 1960 to the Buffalo & Erie

County Historical Society

• Shortened our name in 2012 to The Buffalo History

Museum

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How to find us

• 1 Museum Court, formerly 25 Nottingham Court

• North of Rt. 198 off Elmwood Ave.

• Free parking & bike rack

• Take the #20 Elmwood bus route, exit at Nottingham

• The Library is on the main floor of the white marble temple

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Admission

• Free to Museum members and U.S. veterans

• Students & seniors: $5.00

• All others: $10.00

• Because of the irreplaceability and fragility of

library materials, children under 12 are strongly

encouraged to take advantage of the public library

• We encourage parents & teachers to bring children

to museum exhibits and programs instead.

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Hours

• Library hours are Wednesdays through

Saturdays, 1-5 pm

• Plus Wednesday evenings, 6-8 pm

• No appointments necessary

• Professional librarians are always on duty to help

you find what you need

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Visiting when we are closed? We suggest trying

the Grosvenor Room at the Buffalo & Erie

County Public Library. It has a superb local

history & genealogy collection.

http://www.buffalolib.org/content/grosvenor

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• Collecting since 1862!

• 20,000+ books

• 200,000 photographs

• 3,000 manuscript collections

• 6,000 postcards

• Extensive Vertical/Pamphlet File

• 23-drawer Clippings file

• 6,000+ microfilms of newspapers, censuses,

church records, cemetery records, and more

Our Collections at a Glance

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A Few Things We Don’t Have

• Vital records: government-issued birth, marriage & death certificates

• House plans with a couple dozen exceptions

• Passenger lists or immigration & naturalization

records

• School attendance records

• Deeds or property transactions

• Employment records

• Motion picture or TV footage

So where are these things?

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Everything Can Be Retrieved

in Minutes Except…

• 10,000 maps, drawings, posters, prints, and other oversized works on paper

• About 3 dozen extremely large, heavy ledgers from a few manuscript collections

• Negatives

• All of the above are stored off-site and may be seen by appointment

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A Few Rules

• Purses, backpacks, briefcases, etc., are stored in

our mini-lockers during your visit

• Library materials may not be borrowed or

removed from room

• Cotton gloves are required for handling

photographs. We keep a large supply.

• Staff does all photocopying. Some things are too

large or fragile to photocopy.

• We scan only for publication or exhibition.

Fees apply.

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All Library Visitors Must

Sign In

• We ask for your full name, address, email or phone

number, and what you’re researching

• Sign-in is done via touch-screen tablet computer

• We are happy to help anyone who is new to tablets

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Please, No Food or Drink in

the Library

• Many good restaurants within a 10-minute walk

• The Museum does not have an on-site café

• Your snacks & beverages can be enjoyed in the State

Court

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Please silence phones and take

calls outside of the library

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What about cameras?

Please do take pictures of museum buildings, interiors,

exhibits, grounds, programs, and events!

And post them on social media with #BuffaloHistory

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What about cameras?

Please do not take pictures of library items until

you check with librarians. We limit picture-taking

of:

• Manuscripts

• Photographs

• Other library users

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New! Museum Quality Reproductions

• Order online at BuffaloHistoryStore.org

• Custom archival prints of Buffalo scenes for

home or office decor

• Great gift idea

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Pencils only. We have lots!

This prevents accidental ink

marks on irreplaceable items.

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Technology on Site

• FRANK, our online catalog

• Yes, we have WiFi; laptops & tablets welcome!

• Two microfilm reader-printers, $.25/page.

• One microfilm reader-printer-scanner. Please bring a USB

travel drive to save your scans.

• Photocopies made only by staff, $.25 each. Our machine

cannot make color copies, just black & white.

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Our Most Popular Tool

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Screening Process for

Manuscripts & Rare Books

• In order to protect one-of-a-kind collections, those

who wish to use manuscripts & rare books must

apply for a Scholar Pass and present a valid photo

ID upon arrival

• Pictures, microfilm, atlases, card files, and ordinary

books do not require a Scholar Pass

• Application and guidelines are online here:

http://tinyurl.com/scholarpass

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Search FRANK before your visit

• http://tinyurl.com/frank-catalog

• Find Resources And New Knowledge: A searchable online

catalog of 28,000 books & manuscripts in our collection

• In your search results, books are indicated by blue icons;

manuscripts by red icons & hyphens in call numbers (like

A68-123).

• You can save items to the Clipboard & print out a list

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NewYorkHeritage.org

Explore unique digital collections from us & peer

institutions, including:

• War of 1812 documents

• Crystal Beach photographs

• Buffalo address books

More Library collections online here:

• http://buffalohistory.org/Learn/Research-

Library/Digitized-Materials.aspx

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WorldCat.org

• Consider it Google for

the offline world

• Free database listing 1 billion

offline items in thousands of

libraries, including us!

• Lists books, newspapers,

videos, films, sound

recordings, archival

collections, etc.

• We suggest trying the

Advanced Search

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A Few Things We Cannot Do

• We do not have enough space to pull things for you

in advance

• We cannot draw genealogical conclusions or

find your ancestors for you

• We cannot appraise or advise you on the

market value of your books & collectibles

• We cannot scan and email books or collections

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What We Can Do

• Search for obituaries: http://tinyurl.com/TBHM-obitrequest

• Retrieve books, etc., upon arrival

• Mail photocopies from items that can withstand

photocopying: $10 for the first 1-20 copies,

$.50/page thereafter

• Lend newspaper & other microfilm through

interlibrary loan (ILL)

• Answer “How do I find…?” questions

• Suggest strategies & get out items that may

answer your questions

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Contact us

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: (716) 873-9644 x 305

For best results, call Wednesdays through Saturdays,

1-5 pm

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We look forward

to your visit!