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The Local History and Genealogy Department at the Onondaga County Public library is a nationally respected repository for genealogy research in Onondaga County and New York State. This special collection is over a hundred years old and specializes in history and genealogy for not only New York but includes resources for the New England States, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.    

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Beauchamp Branch Photodocumentation Project, 1994

The Onondaga County Public Library Beauchamp Branch Neighborhood Photodocumentation Project was funded by the New York State Archives and Records Administration's Documentary Heritage Program. The project was intended to create a collection of photographs which would document the African American community served by the Beauchamp Branch Library in Syracuse, N.Y. Members of the community were asked to bring in personal photographs during four scheduled copy clinics held during May 1994 at the Beauchamp Branch Library. Selected photographs were copied by Ellen Blalock, a professional photographer, using a 35mm camera and black and white film. One set of negatives and two sets of photographs were developed and printed by ProLab, a commercial photographic laboratory. The photographs and negatives were then housed in archival-quality albums. These photographs, including the negatives, are at the main branch of the Onondaga County Public Library, Syracuse, N.Y., in the Local History/Genealogy Department. 

To find the Beauchamp Branch Photodocumentation Project Finding Aid at OCPL click here.

George W. Fenner World War I Photographs, Syracuse, NY

George W. Fenner was a staff photographer for the Syracuse Post-Standard Newspaper in the early 20th century. This collection of his photographs focuses on the year 1918 and documents people and activities supporting the efforts of World War I. This collection is housed in the Local History & Genealogy Department at OCPL Central Library in Syracuse, New York.

To find the George W. Fenner World War I Photographs, Syracuse, NY Finding Aid at OCPL click here.

Quilt Patterns of Onondaga County, 1919-1923

The Quilt Patterns of Onondaga County Collection, 1919-1923 is comprised of nearly 400 hand-drawn representations of quilts from various locations across Onondaga County and beyond. They were completed by Virginia Beauchamp - a teacher, social worker, and member of the executive council of the South Side Library association - and donated to the Central Branch of Onondaga County Public Library by her sister, Grace B. Lodder. The patterns were drawn to scale and finished with watercolor paints in order to imitate the colors of the actual quilts upon which the patterns are based. Although the patterns were completed from 1919-1923, many were based on quilts made before 1850 and are thus an important record of domestic life from that time. The collection is housed in the Local History and Genealogy Department of the Onondaga County Public Library.

To find the Quilt Patterns of Onondaga County, 1919-1923 Finding Aid at OCPL click here.

Syracuse Central High School Collection

The Syracuse Central High School Collection is an extensive assortment of class photographs, diplomas, and other memorabilia generously donated by school alumni. Exhaustively collected and documented by Nicholas C. Nett, an alumnus of the school, the collection is housed in the Local History & Genealogy Department at OCPL Central Library in Syracuse, New York.

To find the Syracuse Central High School Collection Finding Aid at OCPL click here.

Urban League of Onondaga County, Inc.

The Urban League of Onondaga County, Inc. was a charitable community service organization founded in 1964 by Dennis Dowdell Sr. It was one of the 113 affiliates of the National Urban League. Its mission was, "To assist African-Americans towards self empowerment for achievement of justice, economic, educational, social and racial equality." The Urban League of Onondaga County served the African American community in Onondaga County until it closed in 2002. The Local History and Genealogy Department of the Onondaga County Public Library holds the archives of the Urban League of Onondaga County.

To find the Urban League of Onondaga County Collection Finding Aid at OCPL click here.

 

To read more about the Onondaga County Public Library's Local History/Genealogy Department, click here.

 
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