Local History Collections
The Local History Collections at SUNY Fredonia concentrate primarily on the history of the Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties, with additional holdings relating to bordering counties in New York and Pennsylvania. Consisting of an extensive collection of books, pamplets, serials, manuscripts and archival collections, iconographic materials, audio-visual materials, maps and atlases, and microforms, our goals is to document the local history of the Western New York region to not only serve as a repository for campus and public researchers, but also to foster an appreciation for the history and culture of the region in our students. The collections are well-suited for research by local historians and genealogists, with resources including census records, vital records, abstracts from local newspapers, cemetery records, church records and manuscript holdings, as well as county histories, newspapers (some 200 roles of microfilm) and reference files. To schedule a research appointment to work with the Local History collections at SUNY Fredonia, Please use this form.