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Greenburgh Local History: Greenburgh Collection

Welcome to the Greenburgh Public Library online guide to Local History, highlighting the past and present history of our community.

You can ask a Librarian a reference question regarding your ancestor or specific place and time of an event that happened in Greenburgh.

What's Available? 

The Greenburgh Public Library offers a print collection with over 500 titles regarding Greenburgh, Westchester County, and New York State histories.  

Researchers can  peruse:

  • Greenburgh Town budgets
  • Area maps
  • Local photos,
  • A selection of area high school yearbooks
  • Historical newspapers
  • A diverse clippings file. 

Every item in the collection is designated as reference material and may not leave the room.  There are pencils and scrap paper available.  You can ask the librarian for permission to photocopy items.



Greenburgh Past & Present: The "Four Corners" in Hartsdale



                          @1920's                                                         2019

Greenburgh Public Library: Past & Present

                            1970's                                                                  2017

Notable Print Books in the Collection

The American Campaigns of Rochambeau's Army 
Recreates the campaigns Rochhambeau's Army and recaptures the exciting response of young officers to this great adventure. 

Chronicles of the Hudson 
Roland Van Zant

A recorded journey of the Hudson River through life and history as seen and recorded by travelers over three hundred years. 

Manna-Hattin​The Story of New York 
The story of the development of the city which today is the acknowledged commercial metropolis of the world.

Miracle at Sing Sing 
Ralph Blumenthal

In 1919, Lewis E. Lawes moved his wife and young daughters into the warden's mansion at Sing Sing prison. They shared a yard with 1, 096 of the toughest inmates in the world-murderers, rapists, and thieves who Lawes alone believed capable of redemption. 

The Putnam Division 
New York Central's Bygone Route through Westchester County

Daniel Gallo and Frederick Kramer 

Fascinating history of the New York Central's Putnam Division which carried freight and passengers through Westchester County for decades. Covers construction, operation, years of independence, takeover by the NYC, the gradual decline and eventual abandonment. Illustrated throughout with black and white photos from both the steam and diesel eras, maps and timetables. 


 The Peaceable Kingdom of Hartsdale
Author Edward C. Martin, III brings together unique photos and stories from the lives of over 100,000 pets and people who have entered the gates of Hartsdale over the last century. Regardless of differences in generations or social standing, they all express a deep sense of connection with their departed animal friends, as reflected in the variety of inspired inscriptions on memorials here.

Wolfert's Roost 

Full of photos and reminiscences of Irvington and its people from 1682 through the 1960’s,