Western New York

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Land of the Oneidas

Presents the history of central New York State from the Ice Age to the present day.

Louise Blanchard Bethune

The trailblazing story of the life and career of Louise Blanchard Bethune, America’s first professional woman architect.

In Local Hands

The first comprehensive study of village government formation and dissolution in New York State.

New York's Great Lost Ballparks

Tells the story of New York's playing grounds, teams, and ballparks of yesteryear.

Dear Uncles

Edited by Rick Barram
Subjects: New York/regional
Series: Excelsior Editions

A New York soldier's eyewitness account of life in the first year of the Civil War, from the campgrounds to the battlefields.

Signs of Distinction

Fifty-one unique New York towns with great stories to tell, from L. Frank Baum's and Jello's hometowns to the birthplace of the Women's Rights Movement.

Truly Blessed and Highly Favored

An intimate and moving account of how the author rose from poverty to become a major Black political figure in New York State.

The Crucible of Public Policy

Relates the dramatic role of New York courts in shaping public policy on key reform legislation in the progressive era.

The Spirit of New York, Second Edition

A celebration of New York State's history through 19 key events from the state's founding to today.

Blacks in Niagara Falls

A detailed study of the history of African Americans in a small upstate New York city from the days of the Underground Railroad to the deindustrialization of the 1980s.

Meander

Draws on the author's own experiences as a watershed planner, teacher, and activist to tell the story of the Great Lakes region's experiment in restoring a complicated natural system of flowing water.

Cycling the Erie Canal, Fifth Edition

An indispensable resource for dedicated cyclists planning to bike across the state or the casual rider looking to take the family out for a couple of hours. Great for walkers, boaters, and auto travelers, too.

Suffrage and Its Limits

Reflects on the legacy and limits of suffrage in New York State as a way to understand present-day issues with women's social and political rights, as well proposes ideas for future progress.

Niagaras of Ink

Makes literature of Niagara Falls available to readers with a variety of interests in literature, culture, and place.

Beyond the Xs and Os

Inside account of the negotiations between the football Bills, New York State, and Erie County to sign a long-term stadium lease and thereby keep the team in Buffalo.

Everything Worthy of Observation

Offers a firsthand account into early-nineteenth-century New York State and Lower Canada during a time of enormous growth and change.

Reflecting Pool

Edited by Laurence Carr
Subjects: General Interest

Both an anthology and an informal textbook that features poetry and essays by twenty-five New York State poets.

New York's Grand Emancipation Jubilee

Examines slavery, abolition, and race in the United States with a special focus on New York State.

A Spirit of Sacrifice

Focuses on the posters of World War I as a medium to interpret the tremendous role played by New York State and its citizens in the war effort.

Rebels on the Niagara

Offers a detailed account of the political and military history of the Irish American Fenian Brotherhood in the nineteenth century.

Votes for Women

Chronicles the history of the women’s rights and suffrage movements in New York State and examines the important role the state played in the national suffrage movement.

Still Speaking of Nature

An engaging and accessible introduction to the natural world in New England and upstate New York.

Somewhere in France

Previously unpublished letters and private journal provide an intimate view of World War I through the eyes of an ordinary soldier from western New York.

American Chartres

Photographs by Bruce Jackson
Text by Bruce Jackson
Subjects: New York/regional
Series: Excelsior Editions

Documents the city’s surviving grain elevators and their profound influence on twentieth-century architecture.

Grain Dust Dreams

Explores the history and present-day reality of grain elevators on the Great Lakes.

The Journal of Ann McMath

By Ann McMath
Edited by C. Stewart Doty
Introduction by C. Stewart Doty
Subjects: New York/regional
Series: Excelsior Editions

An account of an ordinary young woman coming of age in the "Burned-Over District" of Western New York during the Second Great Awakening.

Frank

The first full-length biography of America’s youngest, and perhaps most underrated, First Lady.

Stairway to Empire

The story of the Erie Canal’s completion and its place in the larger narrative of American modernity and progress.

An Irrepressible Conflict

Examines the pivotal role New York State played in the Civil War.

Twenty West

Traces the route, history, and geography of US 20, America’s longest road.

Jamestown, New York

A comprehensive guide to the architectural history of Jamestown, New York.

Clear Skies, Deep Water

A memoir about loss, restoration, and finding home on a lake in western New York.

Life Streams

Incisive exploration of the work of Cuban-American artist Alberto Rey.

Tuscarora

The definitive history of the Tuscaroras and their return to western New York.

Richard Varick: A Forgotten Founding Father

The life of a prominent Dutch-American patriot.

Borderland

Provocative essays on the distinct history and culture of Buffalo and the Canadian border region.

The Tonawanda Senecas' Heroic Battle Against Removal

The definitive eighteenth- and nineteenth-century history of the Tonawanda Senecas of western New York State.

Teachers United

The inspiring history of NYSUT, New York State’s largest union, and a powerful progressive force in the state and in the country.

Castles of New York

An architectural and historical tour of twenty-nine of New York State’s finest castles.

SUNY at Sixty

The comprehensive history of the State University of New York system.

The Hudson River to Niagara Falls

A stunning selection of paintings by Thomas Cole, Asher B. Durand, John W. Casilear, George Inness, and others, depicting landscapes, historic sites, natural wonders, and waterways of New York State.

Niagara

A sweeping history of this natural wonder, from its geological beginnings to the present.

New York Sings

New York's fascinating history as presented in song.

Living Waters

Fascinating stories based on the author’s exploration of eight rivers in New York and Québec.

Black Soldiers of New York State

Concise history of the valiant service of New York’s African American soldiers.

Uncrowned Queens, Volume 3

Third volume of biographies of African American women community leaders in New York state.

Uncrowned Queens, Volume 2

Second volume of biographies of African American women community leaders in New York state.

Uncrowned Queens, Volume 1

Biographies of African American women community leaders in New York state.

Linked Arms

Shows how a rural group used civil disobedience to defy the nuclear industry and governmental authority, preventing the building of a nuclear dump in western New York.