The Archives consists 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.
In the main these papers cover the Civil War from the perspective of one soldier in the New York 126th Infantry until he was injured, captured, imprisoned, hospitalized and discharged. Some genealogical materials pre-date 1861 and scant information regarding James P. Fulton’s life after the war extends to his death in 1918. This includes a train schedule depicting the numerous routes, times, prices available to late 19th and early 20th century travelers in Western New York.
Presented to the Geneva Historical Society by Tanya Warren, archivist working in the Cayuga County Historian’s Office in January 2004. Some mystery surrounding the provenance of the scrapbook remains, in that Ms. Warren has not found evidence of how it came to reside in a drawer in the Cayuga County Historian’s Office. Nor does a complete explanation exist as to the book- plate on the verso of the cover. Although the bookplate denotes its having belonged to a Librarian of the State of New York, found in the biography of General Clark in Box 3
Beginning in England with the early childhood of Brooks in these papers cover his settlement in the United States and his subsequent profession as an astronomer. His move from Phelps to Geneva at the behest of William Smith followed by the professorship at Hobart and William Smith Colleges affords further insight into the career of a late 19th early 20th centuries discoverer of comets.