Resource Collections

Directory of Selected
Local History
Research Collections
in Chautauqua County, New York
(Graphic free version for printing.)

Chautauqua County Court House
Mayville, NY 14757 

(County Clerk's Office)
Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm (8:30-4:30, June-Aug)
Phone: (716) 753-4331
Chautauqua County records from 1811 to date: land, tax, articles of incorporation, veterans, naturalization, Surrogate's Office (wills), census from 1825-1925, marriages from 1908-1935 and many unique maps. 
Copying is available.
County Clerk's Office
1 North Erie Street, P.O. Box 170
Mayville, NY 14757-0170
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Chautauqua County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 404
Fredonia, NY 14063

Barker Museum hours:
Tues - Sat 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tues & Thurs evenings 7-9 pm
A non profit organized, founded in 1977 to promote genealogical research relating to Chautauqua and adjoining counties in New York and northwestern Pennsylvania.
Our collection of Family Histories and research materials is located at:
Darwin R. Barker Museum
7 Day Street
Fredonia New York.
Send S.A.S.E. to receive further information and a Membership Application Form.
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Chautauqua Institution Chautauqua Institution
Smith Memorial Library
21 Miller Ave. P.O. Box 1093
Chautauqua, NY 14722
Phone: (716) 357-6332/6306
Fax: (716) 357-9014 
Hours: 9-week summer season: Mon-Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun, 2-4pm 
Off season: Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:30am-5pm Sat 9:30am-lpm
Collections include various newspapers from 1876 to the present, scrapbooks, diaries, autograph books, oral history tapes, video and lecture tapes, photographs, dissertations, historic register of homes, and histories of other Chautauquas. 
Copying is available
Darwin R. Barker Library
7 Day St.
Fredonia, NY 14063-1891
Hours:  Mon-Thu: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Fri-Sat: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Today the Darwin R. Barker Library houses over 50,000 print titles, including a delightful children’s collection.
Fenton History Center
67 Washington St.
Jamestown, NY 14701 
Phone: (716) 664-6256
Fax: (716) 483-7524 
Hours: 10am-4pm, Mon-Sat (appointments suggested for Archives and Photographs)
Collections concentrate on Jamestown and southern Chautauqua County, but cover all of the county and include family history files, a card file for deaths and marriages from 19th century newspapers, printed family genealogies, county census records and indexes, Jamestown city directories, plus manuscript and photograph collections. Admission fee. 
Copying is available.
Patterson Library
40 South Portage Street Westfield, NY 14787 
Phone: (716) 326-2154
Fax: (716) 326-2554 
Hours: Winter (Sept 6 - June 15): Mon, Tues, Thurs, 9am-8pm Wed, Fri, Sat, 9am-5pm
Summer (June 16 - Sept 5): Tues, Thurs 9am-5pm Mon, Wed, Fri, 9am-8pm Sat, 9am-1pm
Collections include the Westfield Republican from 1855 and other newspapers, state/county/local histories, Holland Land Company records, DAR lineage books, clipping and reference files, family histories, surname and obituary files, county cemetery records, county census records, maps and atlases. 
Copying is available.
Reed Library
SUNY College at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063 
Phone: (716) 673-3183
Fax: (716) 673-3185 
School year: Mon-Fri, 1-5pm 
Summer: Mon-Fri, l-4pm
The local history collection includes materials relating to Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties, especially U.S. census records (complete through 1840, then local only), NYS census for Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Cos, Seneca Indians, county/local histories/directories, supervisor's reports, family history records, newspapers. 
The Archives of the Holland Land Company offer insights into the settlement and development of Western New York. 
There are extensive Seneca Nation records there, and the librarian, Jack Ericson, is a Seneca genealogy expert. 
Copying is available.

Other Great Places to Visit!

513 Washington Avenue, Dunkirk, NY 14048 
Phone: (716) 366-3797 
Hours: Mon-Fri, l0am-4pm

Collections emphasize the history of Dunkirk: its schools, churches, government, business/industry, (especially the Brooks/ALCO locomotive works) and social organizations. These include family history materials, city directories, school yearbooks, local histories, diaries, photographs, and clipping files.

Copying is available. 
P.O. Box 7, Westfield, NY 14787 
Phone: (716) 326-2977 
Hours: Mon-Tues/Thurs-Sat: 1-5pm 
(Winter hours may vary)

2000-volume holdings include: Clayburne Sampson Papers, Elial Foote Papers, Gerald Todd Papers, Civil War Muster Rolls by township, diaries, school records, cemetery transcriptions, county maps, 1855 census (indexed), photographs, and miscellaneous files of county and family histories. No fee to visit library; research and copy services are available.

Please remember that a phone call in advance of a visit is always advisable.
Please enclose a SASE with all correspondence.
Several institutions also include museum facilities.
Inquiries are welcome.

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