Kellogg Memorial Research Library

The Cortland County Historical Society’s Kellogg Memorial Research Library is a treasure trove of historic resources, and the Society publishes many works of interest which are available for purchase in the library’s gift shop.  The museum and research library are supported by members, which includes discounts for purchases in the gift shop, free use of the research library, free tours of the museum, periodicals and notices of special events.

Our research materials include:

Census Data -
    * Unofficial finding list for 1800 - 1810; Federal 7 NYS, on microfilm and indexed to 1930.

City & County
Records -
    * Directory - first issued in 1869, subsequently published from 1880-1986.
    *Early City assessment records

Cemetery Records
    * County coverage and part of St. Mary's Cemetary.

    * Manuscript and printed, with Cortland connection.

    * 19th and 20th century histories of the county, its towns and people. 
    * NYS and some other county histories

Birth, Death & Marriage Records
    * obtained from newspapers, genealogies, scrapbooks, etc.

Business Records -
    * Thousands of Brockway Motor Truck Co. slides, photographs and negatives
    * Wickwire Bros. Wire and Steel Co. business records
    * Business records of Champion Sheet Metal, Thomas Chollar potteries, and many early county businesses.
    * Original records of Cortland County Farm and the Children’s Home.

Surname Files
    * News clips, genealogical sheets and other contributed information.

Organization records -
Early records of County’s first Baptist and Methodist Episcopal Churches
    * Financial records and minute books from local Loyal Order of King Daughters, Daughters of American Revolution, Twentieth Century Club, Homer Garden Club, Ladies Literary Club, Fortnightly, and other organizations.

Photographic Files
    * photo documentation of people, homes, businesses and events. 
    * Diaries, oral tapes, photographic slides, Daguerreotypes and stereopticon slides and glass plate negatives

Maps -
* including Sandborn insurance maps, some with lot numbers and residents. 
    * 1876 Cortland County Atlas.

Military Records -
Four volumes of Revolutionary War Pension Abstracts,
     * considerable material on the Civil War, WWII veterans and other USA engagements. 
    * DAR record books

Scrapbooks / Newspapers / Much More!

Assisted research is provided to the Society’s membership free of charge. A fee of $8.00 for the first hour and $5.00 for each additional hour for non-members helps maintain the research facility.

Photocopying service is available at a nominal fee. Some materials may be designated as not eligible for photocopying.

Research conducted by the Society’s staff and experienced volunteer researchers can be provided at $15 per hour. Photocopying and postage are additional.

             Please Note -

Before publication of any materials from the Cortland County Historical Society’s collections, please request permission in writing.  Include an explanation of how the materials will be used.  In addition to permission from the  Director, permission of the donator of the material may also be required.

Copies of manuscripts, genealogical records or published books, articles, etc., which, in whole or in part, were produced through research at the Historical Society, should be donated to the Kellogg Memorial Research Library for the benefit of other researchers.

All published, duplicated or exhibited materials from the Society’s collections must be credited to the Society and properly cited, for example, as “John Smith Papers, Cortland County Historical Society, Cortland, NY.”

The Historical Society reserves the right to close any of its collections, in whole or in part. Researchers who do not abide by these and other published rules for library use can be denied access to the Research Library.

Materials housed in the Research Library are the result of intensive efforts of volunteers since 1925. The Society cannot be held responsible for erroneous or incomplete information supplied by volunteers and others. The researcher must determine the validity and pertinence of the information regarding his or her research.