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Local History

The local history resources at the Riverfront Library include books on Yonkers and Westchester history, maps, dissertations, high school yearbooks, Yonkers city directories, a clippings file, and the microfilmed back-file of various Yonkers newspapers. It should be noted that there are chronological gaps in these holdings, and also that most of these items, since they may not be borrowed, must be consulted on site in the library. Many of these items are stored in the Local History Room, which is located on the 3rd floor of the library and which is accessible by appointment. The library owns no vital records. Contact the Riverfront Reference desk for general local history information at 914-375-7966.  For more specialized assistance, contact Local History Librarian John Favareau at 914-337-1500, ext. 486.  To contact us via email, please click here.

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Yonkers Public Library Archive and Local History Incubator

The Local History Incubator at the Grinton I. Will Branch has state-of-the-art audio equipment that you can use to share your own local history and preserve your memories. Record an oral history, conduct an interview, create a podcast or scan your historic photographs. Follow this link to explore the online archives.