Special Collections at Milne Library

Temple Hill Academy 1850sGenesee Valley Historical Collection

Covers the eight counties surrounding the Genesee River in New York State:  Allegany, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Steuben and Wyoming. ... more

 

 

College Archives collectionConesus 1950s

Focuses on the history of the SUNY Geneseo from its 1871 beginnings as the Geneseo Normal and Training School to the present. ... more

 

 

Wadsworth Coat of ArmsWadsworth Family Papers

Consists primarily of materials from the land offices of the Geneseo Wadsworths concerning the first and continued settlement of land in the Genesee region known as the Phelps and Gorham Purchase. …more

 

Schmidt drawingCarl Schmidt Collection in Historic Architecture

Includes materials (drawings, manuscripts, notes, etc.) used by prominent local architect Carl F. Schmidt in creating his many books on historical architecture. …more

 

Walter HardingWalter Harding Collection

Contains writings by SUNY Geneseo’s Dr. Walter Harding about Henry David Thoreau and transcendentalism, as well as reviews and articles written by others about Harding and his work. … more

 

 

The Roycroft dictionary concocted by Ali Baba and the bunch on rainy days.  [East Aurora] The Roycrofters, 1914"X" special Collection

Houses Milne’s rare, fragile and most valuable books and includes an extensive selection of writings by and about Aldous Huxley. … more

 

 

 

 

Genesee Valley Historical Collection

Access:  Open Stacks (Milne 115G) Genesee River, Letchworth Park, Flood of 1972

Main finding aid:  GLOCAT

Hours:  Library hours

Borrowing:  Some items circulate, some are in-house use only

 

The Genesee Valley Historical Collection is Milne Library's largest and most accessible collection of local history materials.  Its geographical scope covers the eight counties surrounding the Genesee River in New York State:  Allegany, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Steuben and Wyoming .

The collection includes about 6,000 volumes, maps, atlases, video and sound recordings, pamphlets and ephemera, most of which can be browsed and accessed directly by users, plus some maps and  rare primary source materials which are kept locked when not in use.  Some of the richest and most heavily-used materials, including local newspapers and detailed U.S. census information, are on microfilm.

 

Select titles from the collection are also available for purchase or online viewing through Milne Library's Genesee Valley Reprint Series.

Portions of the collection are continually being added to the New York Heritage digital repository including:

                20thCentury Remains of the Genesee Valley Canal

                Jackson Health Resort Collection

 

See the Local History subject guide for more sources and help in researching local history topics.

 

 

College Archives Collection

Access:  Restricted

Main finding aid:  GLOCATFreshman orientation 1969

Hours:  Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Borrowing:  In-house use only

 

The College Archives Collection contains a variety of materials produced by SUNY Geneseo departments, offices, organizations, faculty, students and alumni.  Among these are faculty publications, books published by alumni and students, yearbooks, the Lamron (student newspaper), ENCompass (college newspaper), departmental and alumni newsletters, photographs, annual reports, undergraduate and graduate bulletins, theses (master’s, senior, and honor), and other primary and secondary source materials.

 

Because this is a closed collection, a librarian will retrieve requested materials for in-house use only.  For help with research related to the collection, ask for or contact the Special Collections Librarian.

 

Here are some excellent books on the history of SUNY Geneseo:

Mahood - SUNY GeneseoSUNY Geneseo: from normal school to public ivy, 1871-2007

by Wayne Mahood, et al.

Virginia Beach, VA: Donning, 2008

 

 

 

Fisher - Stone strength of the pastThe stone strength of the past: centennial history of the State University College of Arts and Science at Geneseo, New York

by Rosalind R. Fisher

Wm. J. Keller Inc., 1971

 

 

Mau - Brief history of SUNY GeneseoBrief history of the State University Teachers College, Geneseo, New York

by Clayton Mau; compiled by James L. McNally

Geneseo: SUNY Geneseo, 1956, 2001

 

 

 

Lamron -- 50th Anniversary50thAnniversary/The Lamron, Geneseo State Normal School

ed. by Helen S. Heermans

Geneseo: The Lamron, 1921

 

 

 

 

Wadsworth Family Papers

Access:  RestrictedAcademy Tax Receipt

Main finding aids:  Overview and Selective indexWadsworth Lease

Hours:  Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (appointments recommended)

Borrowing:  In-house use only

 

The Wadsworth Collections concern the first and continued settlement of land in the Genesee region known as the Phelps and Gorham Purchase.  The collections consist of approximately 50,000 items from the land offices of the two branches of the Wadsworth family of Geneseo and cover the years 1790 to about 1950, with most dating from the 19th century.  Business correspondence and ledgers, vouchers, deeds, maps and other business-related materials make up most of the collections.  Milne’s collection does not include official papers from the terms of Congressman James W. Wadsworth (1846-1926) or U.S. Senator James. W. Wadsworth, Jr. (1877-1952).  The Library of Congress is home to The James Wadsworth Family Papers, a collection of personal and business materials which includes a large portion dealing with the Senator.

 

Martha Blow Wadsworth Photographs

MBW family on porchA subcollection of the Wadsworth Family Papers, this includes thirty-three albums, and approximately 350 glass lantern slides, of photographs taken by Martha Blow Wadsworth (1864-1934) between 1890 and World War I.  Many of the photographs depict family, friends and scenes of the Genesee Valley, but some chronicle trips taken within the United States and to Alaska, Europe, and Panama during the time of the canal’s construction.

A selection of the photographs can be found in the New York Heritage digital repository.

 

 

 

Carl Schmidt Collection in Historic Architecture

Access:  Restricted

Main finding aids:  InventorySchmidt measured drawing

Hours:  Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (appointments recommended)

Borrowing:  In-house use only

 

Carl F. Schmidt (1894-1988) was a local architect who had a keen interest in historic preservation and conservation. The Schmidt Collection includes notes, manuscripts, slides, photographs, pencil sketches and measured drawings created and collected by Schmidt in preparing his many books on historical architecture, which focus primarily on homes in the Genesee Valley area. Copies of Schmidt's books are available in Milne Library's Genesee Valley Historical Collection and should be used as a starting point for all research.

A collection of Schmidt's pencil drawings of regional homes, especially entrance doors, can be found in the New York Heritage digital repository.

 

 

Walter Harding CollectionVariorum Walden

Access:  Restricted

Main finding aid:  Walter Harding Bibliography

Hours:  Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Borrowing:  In-house use (except for items  in circulating stacks)Thoreau bio

 

The Walter Harding Collection consists primarily of Harding's writings about Henry David Thoreau and transcendentalism. Harding, a member of SUNY Geneseo's English faculty from 1956 until his retirement in 1983, was one of the 20th century's most prominent Thoreau scholars.  Most of the materials in this collection are housed in either the College Archives or the "X" Special Collection, as indicated in both GLOCAT and the Bibliography.

 

 

"X" Special Collection

Access:  RestrictedRoycroft book

Finding aid:  GLOCATHuxley, Time Must Have a Stop

Hours:  Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Borrowing:  Some items circulate, some are in-house use only

 

The "X" Special Collection consists mainly of rare books held by Milne, plus books that are extremely fragile and/or valuable.  It also includes an extensive collection of writings by and about Aldous Huxley and portions of the Walter Harding Collection.  (The "X" Special Collection is so called because all of the call numbers within it are preceded by an "X".)