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

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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SA Gilbert Jewelers, 1932-2012

This collection contains material from the jewelry business of SA Gilbert and his family who continued on the legacy.
Collection ID: 2012.0021

Geneva Hotel Records, 1796 - 1990

These materials cover 1796 through the 1990s with histories, research, articles, and photographs on the building and its uses since it was built. Especially important are the deeds related to the Hygienic Institute’s Amos B Smith and James Knapp and the Pulteney Apartments, Inc.

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Coursey Flouring Mills Records, 1895 - 1988

This collection comprises mostly of photographs along with some family biographical information.

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Black, Purdy, Heaven Families Collection

Material related to the above families during research conducted by GHS Archivist.
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Phillips & Clark Stove Company Records, 1885 - 1959

This collection covers the expansion of the company from Troy to Geneva. Many of the catalogues also contain information and photos of the Troy warehouse and salesroom. Catalogues and photos make up the bulk of this collection and cover the early days of the factory in Geneva and into the mid-20th century.

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Haviland Pharmacy Collection, 1881 - 1924

This collection includes ledgers, articles, and other miscellaneous ephemera related to WW Haviland, his pharmacy, and his other partners. The collection covers 1881-1924, though Haviland dies in 1921 some materials were kept together despite not being related. Staff may decide to split these materials up later on.

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WF Humphrey Press Collection, 1885-1984

This collection consists of publications both about and by the WFHP, including a newsletter, as well as various other publications from around the Finger Lakes area. Also included are a few photos, articles, and a scrapbook compiled by J. Andrew Foster.

Collection ID: 2007.0017; 2003.0060

JW Smith Dry Goods Collection, 1852-1974, 1994-2000

This collection encompasses material related to the JW Smith Dry Goods Company which was in business from 1852 through 1976, the longest running department store of its time.
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EE Miller, Flour and Feed Store, 1924-1936, 2008

This collection represents the flour and feed store of EE Miller, and later the hardware store continued on by his descendants.
Collection ID: 2005.0029