Historic Geneva

Historic Geneva

Geneva History Museum
543 South Main Street
Geneva, NY 14456, United States
The Archives consist of the two-dimensional paper portion of our collection. We have 1,300 cubic feet of archives material, which includes 50,000 images. Geneva's stories are captured in letters, diaries, ledgers and minute books, and photographs. Inventory of our material is ongoing, please contact us or visit our website for further information.

Collection Sampling

Dennington-Smith Family Papers, 1875-1952

The Dennington and Smith families were farmers in the Town of Geneva.
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DeLancey Family Papers, 1840-1961

The DeLancey family lived in Geneva for several generations. Bishop William Heathcote DeLancey was known as the first bishop of Western New York.
Collection ID: No. 3

Covert Family Papers

The Covert family included two physicians, father and son, who practiced in Geneva for many decades
Collection ID: Coll. No. 121

Erti-Calabrese Family Collection, 1934-1987

This is a photograph collection was created by Elizabeth Erti Calabrese who documented her family and their lives in Geneva from the 1930s through 1980s.
Collection ID: 2021.0035

Cleo Cameron Collection, 1910-1920, 1946-1946, 1979

Cleo Cameron was an alias for a woman who ran a brothel in Geneva.
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George Stillwell Conover Papers, 1700s-1898, 1940s

George Conover was a well-respected historian of the Geneva and Ontario County area. He served as a Geneva Village Trustee and President.
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Marian Cruger Coffin Collection, 1930-1960, 1985-1995

Marian Cruger Coffin was a pioneering landscape architect in the early 1900s. She briefly lived in Geneva and designed at least 2 gardens.
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Chew Family Papers, 1820-1985

This collection focuses on the family of Beverly Chew, president of Shuron Optical. He resided at 543 South Main Street from the 1920s through 1960 when he and his wife Edith gifted the building to the Geneva Historical Society as a permanent home for the Geneva History Museum.
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Clark-Schieffelin Family Papers, 1839-1926, 1993-2006

The Clark family lived in Geneva for several generations, living on South Main Street and in New York City.
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W&T Smith & Company Records, 1817 - 1930

This collection covers the years 1817 through 1930 and includes deeds, mortgages, bonds, protests, catalogs, photos, invoices, and receipts. Deeds and tax receipts for land in Utah, Colorado, Iowa, Wisconsin, and others addressed to W&T Smith Co. point to their ownership of land in these states with connections to other nurseries. Most dates for deeds/mortgages/bonds are those for the date the deed was recorded by the clerk, not the date on the deed itself.

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