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Online Resources by Topic 


Abolitionism, Frederick Douglass and the Civil War 

Many Roads to Freedom Pathfinder 

Civil War Soldiers Research Guide 

Frederick Douglass Research Guide 

Underground Railroad Guide 


Susan B. Anthony and Woman's Suffrage 

The Susan B. Anthony Letters Collection Pathfinder 

Susan Brownell Anthony Research Guide 


Architecture in Rochester and Neighborhood Resources 

Architecture Pathfinders 

Hojack Swing Bridge Over the Genesee River 

House History Research Guide   

Neighborhood Resources Research Guide 

Neighborhood Transitions and Transformation: The Wegmans East Avenue Mitigation Project 


Businesses, Local 

Advertising Cards 

Researching Local Business 

Trade Catalog Collection 


Erie Canal 

 Rochester’s First Superhighway: The Erie Canal 


Ethnic Groups 

City Directory of Negro Business and Progress, 1939-40 

Directory Published by the Negro League, 1926 

Rochester Italian Directory, 1931 



A Guide to the Use of Manifest Arrivals, Alphabetical Index to Petitions for Naturalization, and Miscellaneous Items on Microfilm 

Rochester Immigrants’ Research Guide 

Rochester Plan of Immigrant Education, 1916 

Ship Passenger Lists Research Guide 


Local Festivals 

Rochester Loves Lilacs Pathfinder 


School History 

School Heritage Collection 

Spencerport High School Yearbook Index 


Towns and Villages of Monroe County 

Town and Village Pathfinders 





War Dead, from the Revolutionary War to the Korean Conflict 


War of 1812 

 British Raids on Charlotte and Stone's Dragoons, 1812-1814 by Philip G Maples, 1969. 


Spanish-American War 

New York in the Spanish-American War: Part of the report of the Adjutant-General of the State for 1900. New York (State). Adjutant General's Office. 

Volume 1 

Volume 2 

Volume 3 


World War I 

Alson Shantz Photo Collection 

The Airscout’s Snapshot Newspaper 

World War Service Record of Rochester and Monroe County, New York, published by the city of Rochester, 1924-1930:

Volume 1  

Volume 2  

Volume 3  


World War II 

World War II: Master Card File Index 

World War II and Korean Casualties 

Rochester Public Library: Our Pages in the Service, World War II. 1944-1951.  


Korean War 

 Korean War Scrapbook:

    Volume 1 

    Volume 2 

 Robert N. Abbott: Korean War P.O.W. and Casualty of Rochester’s Race Riot 


Online Reference Tools by Format 


Directories, Local 

Rochester City Directories (1827-1930) 

Regional Directory Collection 


Digitized E-Books in PDF 

Historic Monographs Collection 


Images (Photos, prints, postcards, and more) 

Rochester Images 


Indexes, Local 

Rochester Newspaper Index (1818-1897) 


Maps, Local 

Digital Map Collections in Rochester Images 


Newspapers, Local 

Historic Newspapers Collection   

 For local history articles see Rochester History Journal 



Produced by Local History Division 


Ordering information 

Images, Life Records and Newspaper Index articles 


General Teaching Links 

Rochester City School District's Teaching American History Class Exercise 

New York Heritage - Digital Collection 


  Monroe County WebsiteCity of Rochester Website