The Mary Van Sickle Wait Local History Discovery Center at Seymour Library preserves, makes accessible and interprets items which documents the history of the greater Auburn area.
The History Discovery Center's mission is to create personal connections and community engagement with local history.
The History Discover Center will provide research assistance to those seeking local history and genealogical information. Our resources will help your historical and genealogical interests come to life.
Take a virtual tour of our new room!
Book & document collection
Our collection contains maps, pamphlets and other documents for discovering on state and local history and genealogy.
Our special print collections include extensive information on Harriet Tubman and the Auburn Correctional Facility, the Auburn city directories (1857 - present), the Auburn high school yearbooks (East, Central, West and Auburn High) and 19th century Auburn imprints.
Our image collection contains stereoscopic views of the city of Auburn and surrounding areas, photographs of local people and places, and vintage postcards. Many of these images are available online at: History Pin.
Our newspaper collection includes bound editions of the Advertiser Journal (1914 - 1931), Daily Advertiser (1903 - 1915) and the Auburn Citizen (1918 - 1963), newspapers on microfilm (1819 - present) and our new digital archive.
We also offer guidance in using the free online newspaper archive: fultonhistory.com.
Our new microfilm machine, now located within the History Discovery Center, is easy to use and allows visitors to print or save articles of interest.
The History Discover Center offers special equipment to aid with research and preservation.
This includes a slide and negative converter and a Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner. Both devices are also available for checkout. A Canon Selphy 4x6 photo printer and a Scan Snap contact-less scanner are available for in-library use.
The History Discovery Center also offers access to Ancestry Library Edition within the library.
Workshops & lectures
Workshops on genealogical and house history research and image and document preservation are offered throughout the year.
Lectures by local historians will be open to the community. Stay up-to-date with our programs via the library's website, email blasts, print newsletter or Facebook.
Our changing exhibits discuss local objects and events within their broader historical context. Visitors are encouraged to discover more through experiential and hands-on activities.
For research assistance, call the library (315-252-2571), email localhistory (at) seymourlib.org or complete the Research Request Form and mail it to:
c/o History Discovery Center
176-178 Genesee Street, Auburn, NY 13021
Please note: a limited amount of staff research can be conducted for requests via phone, email, or mail. For more extensive research requests, a $15/hour research fee will apply.
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HeritageQuest *A Seymour Library or other Finger Lakes Library System card is needed to access HeritageQuest from home.
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