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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. Chronological gaps exist in these holdings. The Library owns no vital records.

Materials are stored in the Local History Room, located on the third floor of the Riverfront Library; items must be consulted on-site in the library and cannot be checked out. 

Please contact the Riverfront Reference Department with questions regarding local history. Dial 914-375-7966, or email localhistory@ypl.org for more information, or to make a research appointment. The Local History Room is not accessible to the public.

Yonkers News Archive

Yonkers Public Library (YPL) is pleased to introduce the Yonkers News Archive, a digital archive of Yonkers newspapers, including the Yonkers Herald Statesman. The archive is the result of a partnership between YPL and Newspapers.com. It contains over 1.2 million pages of digitized, searchable newsprint ranging from 1857-1998. Learn more about it here.

Other Digital Resources

Print and Media Resources Available in the Library

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.

Notable citizens in Yonkers history

Presented below are biographies of eight Yonkers residents of note. A ninth biography, that of Charles A. Leale, is included because of his marriage into a notable Yonkers family and his burial in Oakland Cemetery. All were born in the 19th century, some of them flourishing well into the early 20th century.