About the G&LH Collection 

Beardsley Library's Genealogy & Local History Collection

is housed in two rooms on the second floor of the library.

It was created in the 1930's by Edward Payson Jones,

a former president of the library's Board of Trustees, who was an avid genealogist and local historian. The smaller of the two rooms is named The Jones Room, in his honor.

A larger room was added in the 1980's, through the efforts of another trustee and genealogy enthusiast, and it is called 

The Virginia T. Leighton Genealogy & Local History Room

The G&LH Collection focuses on family, town, and state history, and it includes reference, circulating, and digital resources.

A research assistant manages the collection, conducts research, and assists patrons. Walk-ins are welcome and research requests may be made via email, phone, or mail.

Due to the unique nature of our collection, children and pre-teens are asked to be accompanied by an adult when visiting.

See Contact for further information.