Cazenovia Public Library’s Archive Room, located on the ground floor, contains a wealth of information for those interested in the history of the Cazenovia area. Included in the Archives are family files, maps, and Cazenovia newspapers on microfilm (including The Pilot beginning in 1808 and The Republican beginning in 1854). There are also cemetery records for Cazenovia and the surrounding townships. Books by local authors, local history files (including those on artists, Cazenovia Lake, and the Loomis Gang), and cemetery lists are just some of the materials available.
Stored in the Library’s archive room are documents and photographs of local importance. These include papers and diaries of families who settled and lived in Cazenovia, historic photographs, letters, land deeds and maps. Papers from the Dan Weiskotten Collection are also available by appointment. Dan Weiskotten (1960-2005) was an archaeologist, town of Cazenovia historian, and an active Library volunteer. His research on Cazenovia, Nelson, and Fenner history is available on-line at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nyccazen/.
Visiting and Conducting Research
If you are planning a visit, please call ahead (315.655.9322) so that we will be able to assist with your research needs; the room is not staffed permanently. The archives are accessible Tuesday- Friday from 9:30am to 5pm.
You may also contact us by phone, email (Cazenovia@midyork.org – please put “Archives Request” in the Subject Heading), or mail to request a photocopy of an obituary or article from the Cazenovia Republican. Please include as much information as possible with your request, including names and dates. See our Archive Information Request form.