Local History Collection

What can I find in the Local History collection?

The primary focus of the collection is the Medina area but there are some materials about other locales within Orleans County.


What if I don’t live within driving distance?

You can submit a research request using the Contact Us form.  Please include as much information as you have to make our search easier. Names, dates, known spelling variations are all helpful.


Do you have a list of your available materials?

A full listing of our collection can be found at the following links

We are proud to house materials regarding the military career of Lt. John E. Butts including citations, a scrapbook, and his medals.

Our early newspapers are also available online.  This collection contains the following:

  • Medina Daily Journal and Register, 1932-August 1962
  • Medina Daily Journal, 1903-1917, 1922-1932
  • Medina Register, 1882-1911
  • Medina Tribune, 1861-1945

For online newspaper printing help click here.


Poster4“In Remembrance”
Patrick B. Kavanagh recently donated a copy of “In Remembrance” to Lee-Whedon Memorial Library. This folder of materials is a moving tribute to the soldiers from Western New York who were killed in action during the Vietnam War. The names of the 531 casualties are listed alphabetically and an obituary or press story for each soldier is included.

Mr. Kavanagh, who served as a medic in Vietnam, is the Historian for Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo. This painstaking project was obviously a labor of love. “In Remembrance” may be viewed during library hours. Please ask a staff member for assistance.


Who else might have local materials I can access?

The Medina Historical Society
The Town of Ridgeway Historian, Catherine Cooper
The Town of Shelby Historian, Alice Zacher
The Village of Medina Historian, Todd Bensley
The Orleans County Historian, Matt Ballard
The Orleans County Historical Association


Anything Online?

Free, limited access to NYS records at Ancestry.com, click here
Orleans County Records, click here
Medina Newspapers, click here

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