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Spring 2011


You can read digital e-books created from the collections of Rochester Public Library's Local History Division! Just click on the titles below to view our historic books in pdf format.


Print on Demand versions of Rochester Public Library’s digitized books are now available through

If you would like a professionally printed and bound copy of a book, you can go to to place your order. You can order books that Rochester Public Library has already digitized, or you can choose from certain selected titles in our collections.

When you order a book which hasn’t been digitized, Kirtas notifies the library and we pull the book from the shelves and digitize it. Then Kirtas does further processing and sends a brand new Print on Demand copy to you! The entire process normally takes three to four weeks. Visit and choose Rochester Public Library under the Collections tab to view items and learn about the reasonable pricing options available.

New items are being added, so be sure and check back often. We can only offer public domain (pre-1923) titles at this time.


Brown book of choice fruits, ornamentals, shrubs, perennials, roses and bulbs. Brown Brothers & Company. [Rochester, N.Y.: The Company, ca. 1900]. 

A call to the unconverted: to turn and live, and accept of mercy, while mercy may be had, as ever they will find mercy in the day of their extremity, from the living God. Baxter, Richard, 1615-1691. Canandaigua [N.Y.]: printed by J.D. Bemis, 1818. 

City of Rochester illustrated: descriptive, historical and statistical review. Rochester, N.Y.: Post Express, 1890.

The diary of a line officer. Brown, Augustus Cleveland, 1839-1915. [New York, 1906?] 

The freemason's monitor; or Illustrations of masonry: in two parts. Webb, Thomas Smith, 1771-1819. Salem: Published by Cushing and Appleton. Thomas C. Cushing, Printer, 1818. 

The life and adventures of James R. Durand, during a period of fifteen years, from 1801 to 1816: in which time he was impressed on board the British fleet, and held in detestable bondage for more than seven years. Durand, James R., b. 1786. Rochester, N.Y. : printed for the author, by E. Peck & Co. 1820. 

A living church : the first hundred years of the Brick Church in Rochester. Hallock, G. B. F. (Gerard Benjamin Fleet), 1856-
Rochester, N.Y.: Henry Conolly, 1925. 

Musical monitor: or, New-York collection of devotional church music: consisting of psalm and hymn tunes, anthems, &c arranged for two, three, or four voices: compiled for the promotion and improvement of sacred music: particularly for the convenience and use of societies and schools. Ithaca, N.Y.: Mack & Searing, 1820.  

A narrative of the anti-masonick excitement, in the western part of the state of New York, during the years 1826, '7, '8, and a part of 1829. Brown, Henry. Batavia, N. Y., Printed by Adams & M'Cleary, 1829. 

Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave. Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895. Boston: Pub. at the Anti-slavery office, 1845. 

Report of the Canal Board in relation to Honeoye, Conesus and other lakes. New York (State). Canal Board.
Albany, Weed, Parsons & Co., public printers, 1850. 

Report of the investigation and study of the route of the improved Erie canal between the cities of Tonawanda and Buffalo. Transmitted to the Legislature March 6, 1918. New York (State). State Engineer and Surveyor. Albany, J.B. Lyon Co., printers, 1918. 

Results obtained by tuberculin testing a city's retail milk supply. Goler, George Washington, 1864-1940. [S.l.: s.n., 1910?] 

Souvenir of the New York State waterways association, fifth annual convention, Rochester, N.Y. October 1-2, 1914; views of the New York State barge canal. New York (State). Engineer's and Surveyor's Office. [Albany, Lyon, printer] 1914? 

Washington's farewell address to the people of the United States. Washington, George, 1732-1799. Canandaigua: Printed by J.D. Bemis, 1813.  

Western Division New York State canals, contract no. 59 [photo album]. [1917-1918] 

The western gazetteer or emigrant's directory: containing a geographical description of the western states and territories, viz.: the states of Kentucky, Indiana, Louisiana, Ohio, Tennessee [sic] and Mississippi and the territories of Illinois, Missouri, Alabama, Michigan, and North-Western : with an appendix, containing sketches of some of the western counties of New-York, Pennsylvania and Virginia; a description of the great northern lakes; Indian annuities, and directions to emigrants. Brown, Samuel R., 1775-1817. Auburn, N.Y.: Printed by H.C. Southwick, 1817. 

The woman home-maker in the city: a study of statistics relating to married women in the city of Rochester, N.Y., at the census of 1920.
United States. Bureau of the Census. Washington, Govt. Print. Off., 1923.  

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