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Title Type Date Range Number Size
Anthony, Susan B.
[pdf 380 kb]
papers 1837-1945 1 box
Reformer and leader in the Woman Suffrage Movement. Manuscripts, typescripts, invitations, pamphlets, and newspaper clippings.
Bausch Family papers 1871-1976 MS 84.954 1 v.
Manufacturers of optical equipment, Rochester (NY). Biographical data on John Jacob Bausch (1830-1926) and Edward Bausch (1854-1944), miscellaneous letters, family photos memorabilia, and genealogical chart.
Black (Pilgrim and Patricia) Family Collection
[pdf 3.3 MB]
papers and objects c. 1850-2015 4.5 cubic feet (3 record cartons, 3 document boxes, 1 over-sized box, 1 lock box
This collection consists of the papers of the Black Family, a migrant laborer family from Sanford, Florida. The materials date to between 1850 and 2015 with a bulk of the materials between 1935 and 1975. The collection is comprised of correspondence, tax returns, receipts, personal documents, photographs, newspaper articles, audio-visual materials, and 3-D objects.
Boyde, Thomas W. papers 1930 to 1980
Thomas Wilson Boyde, First architect of African-American descent in Rochester, N.Y. Architectural drawings and plans.
Bruen, James papers 1966-1984
President of the Rochester Jaycees who led the local effort to admit women into the organization. Legal documents, letters, meeting notes, newspapers, articles, official Jaycee documents, press releases and other items collected by James Bruen and his wife Jane Plitt between the years 1966 and 1984. The collection focuses on the years 1971-1972 when Bruen served as Rochester Jaycee President and chronicles efforts to admit female members into the Rochester Jaycees.
Came, Charles collection 1806;45;59
Cabinetmaker and tombstone cutter; travelling showman and medicine man. Manuscript letters to Came’s wife (Cynthia) and children in Pittsford (NY).
Carfi Family collection 1893;1974;1960s
Public records, photographs, artifacts, and printed items of members of the Carfi family (Carl, Nicholas, and John), who immigrated to Rochester (NY) from Valledolmo, Italy. Many artifacts pertain to Carl Carfi’s trip from Naples (Italy) to Ellis Island and finally to Rochester.
Coles, Howard W.
[pdf 260 kb]
papers 1839-1996
Personal papers of African American community activist Howard Wilson Coles include correspondence, manuscripts, records, photographs, newspapers and tapes of recorded broadcasts which have been reformatted onto CDs. Coles collected Frederick Douglass material dating back to 1839.
Computer Consoles Inc. papers 1960-1970? 20 linear feet (unprocessed)
Collection focuses on automated directory assistance developed by Computer Consoles, the beginning of automating the operator’s job.
Costa, Sue papers 1968-2006, bulk 1980-2002 25 boxes
Community activist Sue Costa’s papers document her work in Hispanic/Latino affairs and in human and health services in Rochester and Monroe County, New York. The collection also contains records from numerous Rochester area human service and Hispanic/Latino organizations and agencies with which she was involved, and documents her avid interest in and research on the demographics of the Hispanic community from 1970-2007.
Cottrell, Frank W. diaries 1874-1889 MS 84.958 19 v.
Grocer, Rochester (NY). Early diaries kept on a farm near Charlotte, N.Y.; later ones kept while in the grocery business in Rochester; small account book and wedding book of Cottrell’s son and daughter-in-law.
Cunningham Company papers 1909-1986
Newspaper articles and information on Cunningham automobiles, hearses, and aircraft, including photographs, postcards, and brochures.
Danforth and Huntington Families
[pdf 224 kb]
diaries 1878-1914,
bulk 1910-1914
2001.79 3 boxes
Diaries, including transcriptions, of Fanny and Jeanette Huntington, daughters in a socially prominent, Rochester family.
Green, Seth family papers 1844-1978 MS 84.959 12 cu. Ft.
Rochester, N.Y. pioneer fish culturist and first superintendent of New York State Fish Commission. Personal, family, and professional correspondence, biographical and genealogical data, memoranda, notes, and other papers. Includes log book (1878-1881) of New York State Fish Commission, containing records of fish hatched and distributed and notes on Green’s trout breeding experiment; correspondence, diaries, and hatching logbooks (1901-1902) of C.K. Green, U.S. commissioner of fish and fisheries; and correspondence and other papers of Dr. Eric Green, concerning Monroe County Home and Infirmary, Rochester, N.Y., in the 1930s.
Griffen Theatrical Shoe Company
[pdf 2.2 Mb]
papers 1916-1965; 1960-1965 (bulk)
Shoe manufacturer, Rochester (NY), specializing in performance/circus art footwear. Correspondence, route cards, miscellaneous addresses, receipts, letters.
Harper, Martha Matilda papers 1920s-1960s
Beauty culturist, and franchiser. Photographs, monthly magazines, newsletters, advertising media, and several miscellaneous publications relating to the Harper Method Business. Items include: 1912 price list; photo advertisement; Harper Method Textbook; The Harperite, a 1964 yearbook.
Hastings Family papers 1872-1920 MS 84.960 0.3 cu. Ft.
Family correspondence of Anne C. Gott and Frances Hastings, of Rochester (NY), including letters from architect Thomas S. Hastings, family photos, genealogical notes, calling cards, and invitations.
Hayden Company (Rochester, N.Y.)
[pdf 1.6 Mb]
papers 1856-1935 MS 84.961 1 cu. Ft. and 6 v.
Furniture manufacturer, Rochester (NY). Correspondence (1902-1950), secretary’s record book (1931-1955), ledgers, inventories, and financial statements. Correspondence and letters to the Hayden Company; Financial statements (1936-1954); advertisements; brochures and pamphlets; photographs.
Johnson, Freeman C. 1887-1969
[pdf 460 kb]
Papers 1890-1969 MS 84.962 1.5 cu. Ft.
Leader of the Seneca Nation and the Iroquois confederacy. Correspondence, speeches and other papers relating to state and federal legislation affecting the Seneca Nation, Tonawanda Reservation, and American Indians generally; material on proposed Indian name for Irondequoit Bay Bridge and the New York State Thruway; letters and papers on efforts to preserve Iroquois sites, especially Gannagaro (Boughton Hill) near Victor, N.Y. Includes material on U.S. Indian School, Carlisle Indian School (Carlisle, PA); copies of treaties to which the Seneca Nation was a party; letters and notes of Seneca culture and ceremonies, some written in an Iroquoian Language; and papers on Improved order of Red Men, Hiokatoo Tribe NO. 74. In part, photocopies and transcripts.
Johnston, John White b. 1879
[pdf 36 kb]
papers 1767-1943 MS 84.963 6 cu. Ft.
Lecturer. Correspondence, notes, sketch maps, and photos of and about the Battle of Gettysburg and Andersonville Prison; Biographical data on Patrick O'Rourke of 10th New York Cavalry, John L. Burns, and Jennie Wade, heroes of the battle; Lecture notes by Johnston; Photos of Gettysburg monuments and the 50th anniversary encampment there (1913); Material on George Armstrong Custer; Manumission certificate for blacks in Virginia (1847). In part, photocopies including: Photographic copies of journal (1767-1779) of James Craft, listing marriages and deaths, probably in Burlington, N.J.
Mathis, Alice papers 1930-1989
Alice Mathis was a semi-literate migrant worker who traveled between Sanford Florida and Western New York. Correspondence, legal records, bills and receipts, photos, and personal possessions illustrate her life as a migrant worker and the life skills she developed to navigate through a complex network of government services.
McKenzie, Donald, fl. 1834-1839 papers 1802-1839 MS. 84-964 3 v.
Caledonia (NY) farmer. Diary (1834-1839) and notebooks containing spiritual and mystical writings, membership lists of Masonic lodges in Avon and Caledonia, N.Y. (1804-1824), and biographies of early Scottish settlers of Caledonia.
Metcalf, Whitman 1797-1877 diaries 1826-1877 MS 84.965 2 v.
Baptist minister. Diaries kept in Sardinia, Albion, and Nunda, New York, with references to revivals and personal affairs.
Pugsley Family papers 1860-ca. 1955 MS 84.967 1 cu. Ft.
Writings and notes on wild flowers, gardens, birds, trees, and conservation.
Richardson. W.H. architectural drawings 1857-1894 41.182; 62.465
Architect, Rochester (NY). Domestic architecture for: 1 and 2 family homes; Barns and stables; Commercial buildings; Multi-family dwellings; Public buildings and schools; Churches and cemeteries; Fraternal Buildings. Miscellaneous drawings as well.
Rochester Telephone Company papers 1902-1985; 1960-1970 (bulk) 77 boxes
News clippings, internal publications, financial reports, technical manuals, pole and route maps, and photos. Financial ledgers cover every aspect of finance for the Rochester Telephone Company including: payments received, land and equipment purchases, employee wages, all internal financial transactions, subscriber listings and employee benefits.
Spencer, Harriet Hollister
[pdf 24 kb]
papers 1909-1984 1 box
Noted horticulturist and civic leader in Rochester (NY). Collection focuses on Spencer’s creation of the Rochester Museum & Science Center’s Garden of Fragrance. Also includes descriptions of Mrs. Spencer’s home garden in the Bulletin of the Garden Club of America.
Stromberg-Carlson Telephone Manufacturing Company
[pdf 1.9 Mb]
papers 1902-1955 4 boxes
Minutes of stockholder, Board of Director, and Executive Committee meetings; Patents documentation.
Tichenor, William, and James P. Walter Family papers, objects 1842-1960
The archival material and three dimensional objects primarily reflect life in Rochester (NY) ca. 1842-1900 and pertain to such topics as dentistry, telegraphy, cholera epidemics, land transactions, railroads, architecture, sign painting, folk art, and photography.
Van Nortwich, John. papers 1833-1846 MS 84-972 .5 cu. Ft. and 11 v.
Resident engineer for Genesee Valley Canal at Mt. Morris, N.Y. Miscellaneous correspondence; cost estimates, schedules of bids to let, reports and claims for construction of the Genesee Valley Canal, its locks and aqueducts; letter and record books (1838-1842); schedule of contracts (1837-1845); surveys of the Nunda, N.Y., routes and Dansville branch (1837); ledgers and work reports for the canal; printed circulars and specifications for Chenango and Genesee Valley canals; engineering report on leakage in Chenango canal (1839); and papers relating to the crooked Lake Canal (1830s).
White, Vera Octavia
[pdf 96 kb]
papers 1937-2001 1 box
Community activist serving on the boards of many Rochester (NY) organizations, volunteering, and working as a social worker and adoption agent in and around the city. Up until her death in 2001, White stayed active traveling the world, participating in senior citizen activities, volunteering for local organizations, and participating in activities at the Asbury First United Methodist Church. Personal records and documents, photographs, artifacts, and print items document one of Rochester’s most active and influential community members during the twentieth century.