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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