Archives and Research

Under New York State guidelines the Geneva History Museum is operating at 50% capacity with new safety measures , including social distancing and enhanced sanitizing and cleaning protocols. The Research Room is open by appointment only on Tuesday and Thursday.

Archival Collection

Search our available Finding Aids and list of collections through he Empire Archival Discovery Cooperative.

Research Room Hours and Fees

The Research Room is open on Tuesday and Thursday by appointment only.  Click here to make an appointment or call 315-789-5151.

Visitors to the Research Room are required to wear face coverings (complimentary masks will be provided for those who need one) and must wash their hands prior to handling any materials.


  • Supporters of the Geneva Historical Society: Free
  • General Public: $5 per day.
  • Students (Geneva public and parochial schools, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, and Finger Lakes Community College): Free.

Fees can be paid in cash, check, or by credit card (over the phone or in person).

All photocopies are 25¢ per page for 8.5×11 and 50¢ per page for 11×17. Students are allowed their first 5 copies free.

Donations are appreciated.

Research Requests

Research requests can be made over the phone, via email, by mail or through social media.  During the pandemic we are waiving the first hour of fees, after which will cost the usual $20 per hour.

Please direct inquiries to
Attn: Archivist, Geneva Historical Society, 543 South Main Street, Geneva, New York 14456.
Telephone: 315-789-5151


Staff of the Geneva Historical Society can pursue genealogical research for you for a fee of $20 per hour. During the pandemic we are waiving the first hour of fees, after which will cost the usual $20 per hour.  Please furnish all significant information: dates, place of birth, resident locations, variations of spelling of names, etc. Indicate what ancestry data you hope we can find for you. Also, let us know if our archivist can list you as a reference for others seeking information about your family line.

If contacting by mail, please include a check payable to the Geneva Historical Society for $20 to cover the cost of the initial research. This fee is non-refundable. All requests will be answered even if we cannot find documentation about your subject. Any time spent further than the initial 2 hours of research must be confirmed by the researcher and archivist; an invoice will be furnished for any additional costs.

Other Research

If you would like the Geneva Historical Society to work on other research (not genealogical) for you, please let us know any information you may already have on the topic, and what you would like us to search for with regard to your subject. Include a check payable to the Geneva Historical Society for $20 for the first hour. We will contact you if it appears further time will be needed to complete the research.


See How to Add to our Collection to find out how what material we are interested in adding to our collection. Please do not send unsolicited donations to the Archives.

Adopt An Artifact

Entrusted in our care are 1,300 cubic feet of archival materials, 50,000 photographs and 7,000 objects. We, however, only have enough space to display roughly 3% of our collections at any given time. The rest of our artifacts are kept in storage, but even there they need protection and care to preserve them for the future. To help us care for our collections, consider participating in our adopt an artifact program. The adoption fee will contribute to the purchase of archival supplies and materials like folders, document boxes, and protector sleeves.