The Jackson Sanatorium: The Best Appointed Health Institution in America. Built of Brick and Iron and Absolutely Fire Proof.

The Jackson Sanatorium, dedicated to the “scientific treatment of chronic invalids,” was one of several names given over the years to the famous health resort which operated in Dansville, NY from 1854 through 1971. It can still be seen high on the hill just east of the village. This undated brochure was aimed to entice Read More …

Road from Washington City to Buffalo

After reading Road from Washington City to Buffalo, anyone driving along U.S. Route 15 or another old north-south route through New York State, Pennsylvania, and Maryland can better appreciate the formidable engineering task of road building in that region during the early days of the nation. This slim volume, originally published in 1827, is a Read More …

Glacial Geology of Western New York

With an abundance of physiographic features related to the glaciers that once covered the area, Western New York is an ideal location for those who study glacial geology. Herman La Roy Fairchild came to the University of Rochester in 1888 as the first professor with a primary interest in geology. Like many scientists of his Read More …

Report of the Committee on Craig Colony

The Craig Colony for Epileptics opened in Sonyea, NY, in January 1896 as “a new form of charity, recently adopted by this State, and is based upon the idea of being, as fully as possible, self-supporting.” Indeed, it was only the second such institution in the United States. This brief report, written in November 1896 Read More …

Little Citizens and their Flags

This delightful coloring book published in 1922 by the F. A. Owen Publishing Company of Dansville, NY features Bess Bruce Cleaveland’s charming illustrations of children from around the world dressed in traditional clothing; colored flags by Genevieve Stump Foster; and short rhyming poems by Maude M. Grant. There are detailed directions for coloring a boy Read More …

The Jackson Health Resort

A fascinating glimpse into the past, “The Jackson Health Resort: Health For All” is a pictorial marketing brochure originally published in 1916 to entice potential clients. A menu from the July 4, 1916 dinner is included as an addendum to this reprinted edition. Formerly called the Jackson Sanatorium and also called Castle on the HIll Read More …

The Valley of the Genesee: from Picturesque America, or the land we live in

The Valley of the Genesee is a short essay, part of the two-volume set entitled Picturesque America, edited by the famous poet William Cullen Bryant and including engravings by famous nineteenth-century landscape painters such as John Frederick Kensett, James McDougal Hart and William Hamilton Gibson. The Valley of the Genesee features illustrations by John Douglas Read More …

Snap Shots: Geneseo State Normal, 1918

This pictorial of Geneseo Normal School scenes is an attractive, thorough “snap shot” of the school as it existed at nearly 50 years old. Included are photographs taken from within and without “Old Main,” then still the school’s sole building (albeit with all its added wings and annexes) — different scenes and activities within the Read More …

Rochester through a Kodak

Featuring numerous photographs and copper engravings, Rochester Through a Kodak is both a literal and figurative snapshot of the Flower City during its heyday in the late 1800s. Many of Rochester’s signature locations are pictured within its pages—from High Falls and the Genesee River Gorge, to Kodak Park and the University of Rochester campus. There’s a lot Read More …

Tagging Along

This engaging memoir records the recollections of a grandson of the times he spent with a kind, wise, generous, and very patient grandfather. Focused on events in James Wolcott Wadsworth, Jr.’s, life as he related them to his grandson, Stuart Symington, Jr., weaves this story of his grandfather’s political career and private life against a Read More …