C. Townson Research Library
early industries in Rochester? Trying to identify pieces in your grandmother's
china collection? Want to know what that butterfly is? Looking for information
about Iroquois lifeways? Try the RMSC Schuyler C. Townson Research Library.
With our large collection of books, periodicals, pamphlets, manuscripts, and audiovisual
materials, the Schuyler C. Townson Library is an excellent information resource
RMSC also has various books, exhibition guides, catalogues, special
publications, research records and miscellaneous publications for sale.
Please click here
to view a listing of publications available from the RMSC Collections
and Research Publishing Program.
library's holdings reflect the strengths of the museum's collections. Thus, materials
relating to Iroquois studies, early Euro-American technology, Rochester businesses,
fashion and costume, museology, and collections care are particularly numerous,
and in some cases, unique. The library collections also include large numbers
of maps, local prints, and postal and greeting cards from the nineteenth and early
Stone Photograph Collection is one of the most important resources housed in the
RMSC Library. Consisting of some 14,000 images, the collection represents the
professional work of Albert and Daniel Stone, newspaper photographers for the
Rochester Herald and the Democrat and Chronicle from 1904 to 1936.
Prints of each photograph and an indexed finding aid are available.
and other classic Rochester images are now available through an online database
that provides instant access to images showcasing Rochester and the surrounding
community from the early 1800's through present day. Click
here to visit the Rochester Images site.
the Research Library does not circulate its materials, we do provide telephone
and mail service for quick reference questions; and we will be happy to make an
appointment with you to discuss your particular research needs.
of the collection include:
1790 copy of the 1788 original Deed of Conveyance/Treaty for the Phelps and Gorham
purchase of 2.5 million acres of land in western New York from the Senecas||The
area's most complete collection of early area almanacs|
and early twentieth-century personal diaries||One
of the largest Victorian valentine collections in the nation|
rare 1880 lithograph bird's-eye view of Rochester||Numerous
sets of family papers, including those of Rochester-native Seth Green|
archives of the Rochester Button Company and other Rochester firms||Architectural
drawings by several local architects|
complete broadcast tapes of WHEC TV news from the late 1950s through the 1960s||The
institutional papers of important museum leaders Arthur C. Parker and Stephen
library is located on the second floor of the museum building on the RMSC's East
Avenue campus and is open 9:30am-12 noon and 1:00-4:30pm, Tuesday through Friday.
For further information or to make an appointment to use the library's resources,
please call us at
585-271-4552, X-315, during working hours.