Pember Library

Tuesday 9-5, Wednesday 1-8, Thursday 1-8, Friday 12-5, Saturday 10-3

Local History

pemberlocalhistoryarea.jpgA brief introduction to items available in our Local History Collection. For assistance, please ask at the library desk.The local history collection includes books, pamphlets, maps, clippings, and brochures of local historical interest. The primary focus is Granville but there are some historical materials about other towns in Washington County, NY and various Vermont communities. These materials are available for onsite use by any patron or researcher looking for information about the community or searching for ancestors who lived locally.

Some of these cabinets have recently been re-arranged so the list below is not quite accurate. We will be happy to help you locate the materials you need. Our staff is not large enough to be able to do research for you, but we will be glad to recommend local people who will. Photocopies are $.15 per page. You are welcome to take digital photographs of older items to minimize handling.
Our microfilm reader does not provide printouts.

We have an index of Granville Sentinel obituaries from 1932 to present to help in research. There are many more years of microfilm left to be indexed and we are always looking for volunteers to help with the project, either scanning and extracting the obituaries or typing the data into our computer program. Ask at the desk if you would like to see this index.

CABINET 1

  • Historical tales of Adirondacks and Vermont
  • Godey’s Lady’s Book
  • North Granville Quarterly
  • Religion
  • Freemasonry
  • Story of the Records (DAR)
  • Rails Along the Battenkill
  • Erie Canal
  • Child’s Life in Colonial Days
  • Customs, Fashions of Old New England
  • Early School Books
    • Language
    • Math
    • Science
  • Jukes Family
  • Nam Family
  • Pember Museum
  • Asa Fitch Entomology
  • 1867 Albany Fire Dept
  • Agriculture
  • Mettowee Cook Book
  • Railroad Stations
  • Slate Roof Bible
  • Poems and Essays
  • Wales
  • Vermont
  • Tales of the Adirondacks
  • Washington County Gazeteer and Directories

ON REFERENCE SHELVES

  • Newspaper Clippings of Pember Library Events and Happenings
  • Sleeper News 1995 – 2006
  • American Genealogists
  • RED BINDER
    • Local History Finding Aids
    • Index for two volumes of the Hughes/Jones collection housed at the Slate Valley Museum and the Slate Museum in Wales. The collection at present is about 400 pages. They are translations from Y Drych and other Welsh language publications pertaining to people and events of the New York – Vermont Slate Valley.  The translations are by Iwan Hughes and compiled by John A Jones of Middle Granville who also has the original and additional material for a not-yet-completed third volume.
  • Index of Families found in Local History Books
  • Index of Folders found in DAR boxes
  • Pember Notes (above photo albums)
  • Genealogy Name File Box –letters found in expanding file
  • Nine Photo Albums (contents listed on individual albums)
  • Index to Morris Rote-Rosen Sentinel Articles

CABINET 2

  • Granville Business Directories
    • 1905-6, 1909, 1912, 1931
  • Adirondack travels
  • Gazetteer – State of New York
  • Historical Guide to the City of New York
  • Biographies, Genealogies, Cemetery Records, Vital Records
  • History of Surrounding Area

CABINET 3

  • General History of Surrounding Areas and Towns

CABINETS 4, 5, & 6

  • Boxes 1-18
  • Boxes 19-30
  • Boxes 31-42, 44, 47-48
    • SEE RED BINDER for contents
  • Atlases:
    • Washington County
    • Rutland County
    • Bennington County
  • Maps:
    • Granville
    • Washington County
  • Box 43 – Maps:Washington County, Pawlet
  • Box 45 & 46– Slate Industry
  • Box 50 – Sentinels: 4/17/1885; 12/26/1902; 1/23/1903; 8/12/1904; 1/19/1906; 10/16/1908; 8/20/1909; 2/18/1910; 4/21/1911
  • Box 51 – Sentinels: 1900 – 1914; 1908- 1976 select reproductions
  • History of Washington County
  • 1737 – 1878
  • Box P1 – Rote-Rosen oversize pictures
  • Box P2 – Edwards Collection
  • Box P3 – LH Collection 1976
  • Box 48 – Pember Envelopes
  • Box 49 – Miscellaneous Letters
  • Box 52 – D-Day Programs
  • Town Survey (1 box)
  • Village Survey (2boxes)
  • 7 Tapes – Granville Ethnic Arts Program
  • 2 Scrapbooks (originals) Morris Rote-Rosen Photo Collection
  • Cornell Rural School Leaflet (folder)
  • Hampton Election Results 1862
  • General School Law 1866
  • 3rd Report of Commissioners on Practice and Pleadings 1849
  • Champions – Golden Hoard (folder) 1930
  • Photos of Library Programs and events (envelope)
  • Pember Family Tree
  • Photos – unnamed photos (bag)
  • 1918 – State of Vermont – Board of Control
  • Newspaper clippings – notable people in Granville

CABINET 7

  • Microfilm
  • Granville Record Book 1787-1826
  • Census Rolls 1825-1925
  • Morris Rote-Rosen 1920-1922,       1935-1984
  • Granville Sentinel 1875-2003
    • MISSING: 1878-1885, 1901-1913

    Granville High School Yearbooks Blue and Gold 1948—2013 (missing: 1954, 2001, 2004)
    These are shelved in the reference area.
    Maps available:

Reproduction of an 1853 map of Washington County. 1853Map

Reproduction of an 1894 map of the village of Granville.1894Map

Contact us for details and purchase information.