PLACE FOR  HISTORY RESEARCH IN CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY, NY


 

CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY COURT HOUSE 
Mayville, NY 14757 
Phone: (716) 753-4331 
(County Clerks Office)  
Hours: Mon- Fri, 9 AM- 5 PM (8:30- 4:30, June- Aug.) 

Chautauqua County records from 1811 to date: land, tax, articles of incorporation, veterans, naturalization, Surrogate’s Office (wills), census from 1825-1925, marriages form 1908-1935 and many unique maps. 

Copying is available.
 

CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY 
P.O. Box 404 
Fredonia, NY 14063 

Individual dues are $9.00 per calendar year, and include The Chautauqua Genealogist, published quarterly. Listings of researchers and current CCGS publications available upon request- include SASE. 

CCGS library is located at the Darwin R. Barker Museum.
 

CHAUTAUUA COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY 
P.O. Box 7 
Westfield, NY 14787 
Phone: (716) 326-2977 
Hours: Mon-Tues/ Thurs- Sat: 1-5 PM 
(Winter hours may vary) 

2000-volume holdings include: Clayburne Sampson Paper, Elial Foote Papers, Gerald Todd Papers, Civil War Muster Rolls by township, diaries, school records, cemetery transcriptions, county maps, 1855 census (indexed), photographs, and miscellaneous files of county and family histories. No fee to visit library; research and copy services are available.
 

CHAUTAUQUA INSTITUTION ARCHIVES –SMITH MEMORIAL LIBRARY 
21 Miller Ave. 
P.O. Box 1093 
Chautauqua, NY 14722 
Phone: (716) 357-6332/6306 
Fax: (716) 357-9014 
Hours: 
9-week summer season: Mon- Sat, 9 AM- 5 PM; Sun, 2-4 PM 
Off Season: Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:30 AM- 5 PM Sat, 9:30 AM – 1 PM 

Collections include various newspapers from 1876 to the present, scrapbooks, diaries, autograph books, oral history tapes, video and lecture tapes, photographs, dissertations, historic register of homes, and histories of other Chautauqaus. 

Copying is available.
 

 DARWIN R. BARKER MUSEUM 
7 Day Street 
Fredonia, NY 14063 
Phone: (716) 672-2114 
Hours: Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat. 2:30 PM- 4:30 PM 
Thursday, 7 PM- 9 PM 

Collection include the Fredonia Censor (1821- 1964), U.S. and NYS census records for Chautauqua County from 1850-1925, index to deaths and marriages in the Censor, cemetery records, photographs, manuscripts, many New England genealogies and resources. The library of the Chautauqua County Genealogical Society is also located here. 

Copying is available
 

 DUNKIRK HISTORICAL MUSEUM 
513 Washington Avenue 
Dunkirk, NY 14048 
Phone: (716) 366-3797 
Hours: Mon-Fri, 10a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Collections emphasize the history of Dunkirk: its schools, churches, government, business/industry, (especially the Brooks/ ALCO locomotive works) and social organizations. These include family history materials, city directories, school yearbooks, local histories, diaries, photographs, and clipping files. 

Copying is available.
 

FENTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY 
67 Washington St. 
Jamestown, NY 14701 
Phone: (716) 664-6256 
Fax: (716) 483-7524 
Hours: 10 AM- 4 PM, Mon- Sat 
(Appointments suggested for Archives and Photographs) 

Collections concentrate on Jamestown and Southern Chautauqua County, but cover all of the county and include family history files, a card file for deaths and marriages form 19th century newspapers, printed family genealogies, county census records and indexes, Jamestown city directories, plus manuscript and photograph collections. 

Admission Fee. Copying is available.
 

PATTERSON LIBRARY 
40 South Portage Street 
Westfield, NY 14787 
Phone: (716) 326-2154 
Fax: (716) 326-1554 
Hours: 
Winter (Sept. 6- June 15): Mon, Tues, and Thurs, 9 AM – 8 PM 
Wed, Fri, Sat, 9 AM- 5 PM 
Summer: (June 16- Sept. 5): Tues, Thurs 9 AM- 8 PM 
Mon, Wed, Fri, 9 AM- 5 PM 
Sat, 9 AM- 1 PM 

Collections include the Westfield Republican form 1855 and other newspapers, state/ county/ local histories, Holland Land Company records, DAR lineage books, clipping and reference files, family histories, surname and obituary files, county cemetery records, county census records, maps and atlases. 

Copying is available.
 

REED LIBRARY SPECIAL COLLECTIONS 
SUNY College at  
Fredonia, NY 14063 
Phone: (716) 673-3183 
Fax: (716) 673-3185 
Hours: 
School Year: Mon- Fri, 1-5 PM 
Summer: Mon-Fri, 1-4 PM 

The local history collection includes materials relating to Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties, especially U.S. census records (complete through 1840, then local only), NYS census for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Co.’s, Seneca Indians, county/ local histories/ directories, supervisor'’ reports, family history records, newspapers. 

The Archives of the Holland Land Company offer insights into the settlement and development of Western New York. 

Copying is available.

a phone call in advance of a visit is always advisable. Please enclose a SASE with all correspondence. 
Several institutions also include museum facilities. Inquiries are always welcome.
 

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