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Special Collections: Rochester and Monroe County Resources: Rare Books

This guide will help you navigate the Rochester and Monroe County collections in the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation (RBSCP)
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Searching for Rare Books

Use this box to search within all of Rare Books' collections. 

Rare Books on Rochester and Monroe County History

RBSCP holds many books about the people, places, organizations, and history of Rochester, Monroe County, and the surrounding counties. Our areas of strength include:

  • Visual material, including broadsides, postcards, and maps of Rochester, Monroe County, and Western New York from 1770 to the present
  • County, town, city, and village histories, and upstate travel accounts
  • Books about Rochester businesses, churches, non-profits, and clubs
  • Books and pamphlets printed through 1860 in Auburn, Buffalo, Canandaigua, Ithaca, Rochester, and other upstate communities
  • Newspapers from Rochester and other New York State cities and towns

Selected Rare Books Titles

This list represents just a few of our many rare books related to local history. 

Assistant Director, Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation

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Autumn Haag

Areas of Expertise

  • 19th Century Social Justice and Activism
  • Black History and Culture
  • Rochester and Monroe County History
  • Women’s History
  • Political Collections - William Henry Seward, Thurlow Weed, and Midge Costanza
Contact:
Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation
Rush Rhees Library
Room 225
755 Library Road
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627
585-275-9327
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