SUNY Fredonia Reed Library

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SUNY Fredonia Reed Library
State University of New York at Fredonia Daniel A. Reed Library

Contact Information[edit | edit source]



Daniel A. Reed Library
SUNY Fredonia
280 Central Ave
Fredonia, NY 14063

Telephone:[2] [3] Library 716-673-3184; Special Collections 716-673-3183; Special Collections Fax: 716-673-3185

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Collection Description[edit | edit source]

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The Daniel A. Reed Library of the State University of New York at Fredonia has indexes to, and most of the original patents (first deeds) showing the transfer of land ownership between 1801 and 1840 from the Holland Land Company to private individuals in western New York and Pennsylvania. Some names on the patents could be fictitious.[4]

The Local History Collections are mostly focused on Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties of New York, but also include some material from surrounding New York and Pennsylvania counties. They hold books, pamphlets, serials, manuscripts, audio-visual materials, maps and atlases, and microforms, including censuses, vital records, local newspapers abstracts, cemetery transcirpts, church records, manuscripts, county histories, newspapers (on microfilm), and reference files.[5]

Tips[edit | edit source]

  • The staff do not provide individual genealogical research for patrons beyond fulfilling specific requests for resources determined to be in their holdings.[3]
  • Schedule a research appointment to work in the Local History Collections at SUNY Fredonia by using the Archival Research Request e-mail form online.

Alternate Repositories[edit | edit source]

If you cannot visit or find a source at the SUNY Fredonia Reed Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • Buffalo and Erie County Public Library has a good collection with good indexes including biographies, family folders, county and local histories for all of New York, and Holland Land Company deeds.</ref>
  • Library of Congress, Washington, DC, the Holland Land Company deeds are part of the world's largest library including 50,000 genealogies, 100,000 local histories, and collections of manuscripts, microfilms, maps, newspapers, photographs, and published material, strong in North American, British Isles, and German sources.[6]
  • National Archives at New York City, has Holland Land Company deeds, federal censuses,, military, pensions, bounty land, photos, passenger indexes, port of NYC records, naturalizations, inventions.[7]
  • New York Public Library Genealogy Division in Manhattan has an outstanding collection of American history at national, state and local levels; international genealogy and heraldry in Roman alphabets; Dorot Jewish collection; photos; New York censuses, directories, and vital records.[8] They also have the Holland Land Company deeds.
  • New York State Archives, Albany, has manuscripts, vital record indexes, Holland Land Company deeds, maps, military, court, alien depositions, prisoners, Erie Canal passenger lists, wills, estates, and state censuses.
  • Stadsarchief Amsterdam (Amsterdam Municipal Archives in the Netherlands) Some of the earliest New York City (New Netherland Genealogy) records are also stored here. Also, the earliest European New York settlers often lived in Amsterdam before their move to the New World.[9] Includes the Holland Land Company 1801-1840 deeds from western New York state, and northwestern Pennsylvania.[10]

Similar Collections

  • Cornell University Library, Ithaca, has a large collection of Protestant church records for western New York as well as an excellent collection of histories, maps, newspapers, and New York censuses. Rare books and manuscripts are outstanding, and they publish the best research guides to New York counties.</ref>

Neighboring Collections

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. Ask a Librarian in Fredonia State University of New York (accessed 3 May 2016).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Daniel A. Reed Library at SUNY Fredonia in Facebook (accessed 3 May 2016).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Archives and Special Collections in Fredonia State University of New York (accessed 3 May 2016).
  4. William Dollarhide and Ronald A. Bremer. America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest, 1998), 83. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Ref Book 973 J54d.
  5. Local History in Fredonia State University of New York (accessed 3 May 2016).
  6. William Dollarhide, and Ronald A. Bremer, America's Best Genealogy Resource Centers (Bountiful, UT: Heritage Quest, 1988), 4. WorldCat 39493985; FHL Book 973 J54d.
  7. Dollarhide and Bremer, 125-26.
  8. Irma and Paul Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History and Genealogy in New York Public Library (accessed 16 October 2010).
  9. Gwenn F. Epperson, New Netherland Roots (Baltimore: Genealogical Pub., 1994), 37-43. WorldCat 29980509; FHL Book 974.7 D27e.
  10. Holland Land Company in SUNY Fredonia (accessed 22 November 2013).
  11. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 9th ed. (Logan, Utah: Everton Pub., 1999), 282. WorldCat 812163213; FHL Book 973 D27e 1999.
  12. Introduction to Family History Centers in Family History Research Wiki (accessed 29 February 2016).
  13. Collections in Archives of the Archdiocese of New York (5 May 2016).
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 14.6 14.7 14.8 Dollarhide and Bremer, 81.
  15. Guide to the Records of the Children's Aid Society 1836-2006 (bulk 1853-1947) MS 111 at The New-York Historical Society (accessed 8 April 2021).
  16. Research Guides by Subject Area in Columbia University Libraries (accessed 5 May 2016).
  17. Home in Leo Beck Institute (accessed 5 May 2016).
  18. Guide to the Records of the New York Foundling Hospital 1869-2009 MS 347 at New-York Historical Society (accessed 28 September 2012).
  19. History of the NYG&BS in The New York Genealogical and Biographical Society (accessed 5 May 2016).
  20. Dollarhide and Bremer, 83.
  21. Vital Records in New York State Department of Health (accessed 6 May 2016).