County Historian’s Office
Coal trestle at Fair Haven
Women's Educational and Industrial Union, Auburn, NY. Demolished 1971. Currently the site of the Equal Rights Heritage Center
William H. Seward House, Auburn, NY
Auburn State Prison, 1860s
Boating on Owasco Lake
Owasco Lake Couple
Established in February 1969, the Cayuga County Historian’s Office holds and preserves a wide array of county-related documents dating from the 1750s to the present day. We house and maintain a collection including, but not limited to:
- Historical photographs
- Local history books
The Cayuga County Historian’s Office provides academic, historical, and genealogical research to local and world-wide researchers through in-person visitation and mail requests.
Here is a list of County Surnames, in the County Historian's Office, and in several Township Historian Collections. Beyond these specific family names, our collections include information beyond this list; it often proves fruitful to contact our office, or a specific Town Historian, to obtain amplified information.
There is now a link to a PDF "Uncovering the Freedom Trail: A Cultural Resources Survey of Sites Relating to the Underground Railroad, Abolitionism and African American Life in Auburn and Cayuga County, New York" on the "Finding Aids and Indexes" Page. We will periodically add more such reference materials to that page.
Historical Societies & Historic Sites
Browse a collection of local historical societies and historic sites.Link to page
Stay up-to-date on current organizational news and announcements.Link to page
Find information about the services offered through the County Historian's Office.Link to page
Read a brief history of Cayuga County.Link to page
Finding Aids and Indexes
Finding aids, indexes, and other lists pertaining to our Collections, and to the general history of Cayuga County.Link to page