The Genealogy & Local History Collection is located on the second floor of Beardsley Library. It is handicapped accessible and convenient to an elevator and public restrooms. The collection is divided between two rooms: the Edward Payson Jones Reading Room, which was the original space, and the Virginia T. Leighton Genealogy & Local History Room, which was added in 1985.
Edward Payson Jones was a former president and trustee of the library. He began the Genealogy Department by donating about 1,000 books from his personal collection. This collection has since expanded to over 4,750 resources and includes: audio visuals, books, journals, magazines, maps, newspapers, notebooks, photographs, postcards, research files, and more. While the collection focuses on genealogy and state and local history, it also includes may other historical resources and reference materials.
Virginia T. Leighton was actively involved in the Beardsley & Memorial Library for 27 years, serving as secretary, vice-president, and president of the Board of Trustees. The larger of the two rooms is named in her honor.
The Genealogy & Local History Room is user-friendly. All resources are listed in the library's on-line catalog, and there are guides for using the room. Many resources are for reference use only, while others circulate and are available as inter-library loans. A bookcase located outside of the G&LH Room offers a wide selection of circulating materials.
Due to the valuable nature of our collection, patrons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult or visit when the Research Assistant is present.
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