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Special Collections on Flickr

Nelson Fischer WWII Scrapbook, 1940-1944 

175th Anniversary of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

1825, A Pivotal Year on the Niagara Frontier

Buffalo Central Terminal Scrapbook

Buffalo City Directories Online 1832-1893

Buffalo Criterion

Buffalo Photograph Collection, Lantern slides, circa 1890-1910

George Nathan Newman Collection of Photographs of Vanishing Buffalo

Island Dispatch

Pan-American Exposition Scrapbooks The digitization of the 24 volumes was made possible through the Regional Bibliographic Data Bases and Interlibrary Resources Sharing Program of New York State (NYS).  This grant from NYS provides monies each year to fund projects that will benefit the region’s libraries.

New York to Paris Race

War of 1812 Letters from the Young Men’s Association

Community History Projects - The B&ECPL has been building a “Digitized Commons” for Community History Projects through collaborative relationships with community partners. This website features the Hispanic Heritage History Project, a unique project being conducted by the Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY, Inc. to collect materials such as oral history interviews and historical photographs from community members relating to local Hispanic heritage. This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (LG-07-12-0551-12)​.

Digital Local History Pilot Project - View a sample of the Local History File on Flickr! The Local History File, located in the Grosvenor Room in the Central Library, is B&ECPL's most comprehensive resource on Buffalo's history. It consists of index cards with citations to articles and books about Buffalo and Erie County topics. The Richardson Olmsted Complex is featured in this pilot project. Are you knowledgeable about this landmark? Enhance the project's images by adding comments and tags.


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