The Rare Book Room exhibit area is located on the first floor of the Central Library at the top of the escalators. Exhibits are open to the public during regular library hours.
Buffalo City Directories
The Buffalo City Directories in the Grosvenor Room of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library (B&ECPL) are a valuable source of information for local history and genealogical researchers. Access to the information contained in these city directories is vital to anyone researching local people/places in history so it is necessary to provide digital access for the frequent and continuous use they receive. City directories are bound annual publications that contain print listings of the city residents and businesses along with useful historical information in the front of each edition. B&ECPL houses the most complete run of Buffalo City Directories available. It is the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library's goal to make available digitally all city directories in the public domain.
Buffalo Photo Collection: Lantern slides, circa 1890-1910
Abstract: The Buffalo Photograph Collection of lantern slides contains glass plate images of cityscapes, street views, events, and architecture in turn of the century Buffalo.
George Nathan Newman Collection of Photographs of Vanishing Buffalo
Abstract: A multi-volume photo album containing images of Buffalo's and the surrounding area's rich local history. The images are black and white reprints of Buffalo and the region primarily from the 1800 and early 1900s. The photos capture buildings (theaters, businesses, residences) and streets in Buffalo and the Niagara region that no longer exist or have changed beyond recognition.
New York to Paris Race, 1905, 1908
Abstract: At the dawn of the 20th century, automobiles were an infant technology, and its necessary infrastructure had not been developed. Most people in the world had not yet seen a car in person. The 1908 New York to Paris Race, won by the made-in-Buffalo Thomas Flyer, changed transportation and social history.
Pan-American Exposition Scrapbooks
Abstract: The collection contains 24 scrapbooks of newspaper clippings from 1897 through 1904 that chronicle preparation for the 1901 Pan American Exposition, the event itself, the assassination of President McKinley, and the Exposition's impact on Buffalo, New York. It is believed that these were the first scrapbooks compiled at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library.
War of 1812 Letters from the Young Men’s Association
Abstract: War of 1812 letters written during and recalling after regional circumstances of the war.