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.

About Us and Our Collections

  • A professional librarian is here to help during all Library hours
  • No appointments are necessary
  • The Library is on the first floor of the Pan-American (main) building
  • Library use is free for Museum members, U.S. veterans, and active members of the U.S. armed forces. For all others, Library & Museum Admission Rates apply

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. 

Since The Buffalo History Museum does not have official vital records, we invite family history researchers to try these 3rd party sites instead:

Here is more about what we DO have for genealogy

We also have major collections on the Holland Land Companycookbooks & menusMillard FillmoreSeneca Indians, the Pan-American Exposition, the Larkin Company, and much more.  We are the leading destination for Buffalo house history researchers.  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.

Note: 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.

Bringing a group to the Library? Schools and organizations, please contact us in advance to book a private visit.

Contact Us

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