The Museum holds a number of research tools available to the public. These include Archival Documents and Special Collections — original documents, papers, booklets, art work, original photographs, etc. These are delicate due to their age and thus research using these items is more limited to professional researchers writing an article or book. Other items that may be used as research sources are books, news clippings, scanned photos, Kirwin’s City Directories, Barris Genealogical Books, and more.
Please be aware of our research policy, which can be found in complete form under “Policies” in our menu.
Please note that no research request will be accepted by phone.
Members may use research material in the museum at no additional cost.
Members should submit a research request by mail and that search will be completed for a fee of $10.00
Copies for members will be $.10 per sheet.
Non-members may use research material in the museum at a cost of $15.00
Non-members may submit a research request by mail and that search will be completed by a staff member for a fee of $20.00, and the request must be accompanied by a self addressed, stamped envelope.
Requests for research made by phone will be directed to send a letter or fill out the website form with the needed information. These requests should be accompanied by the appropriate fee.
GENEALOGY RESEARCH FORM: ResearchForm
REQUEST FOR PHOTOS FORM: ResearchPhoto
Genealogical Information Reported in the Evening Observer, Dunkirk N.Y. by Lois and Norwood Barris
Kirwin’s City Directories
Edson, Obed, History of Chautauqua County, 1894
Leet, Ernest D., ed., History of Chautauqua County, New York, 1938-1978, 1980
Young, Andrew W., History of Chautauqua County, New York, 1875