Broome County Historical Society
The Broome County Historical Society was incorporated in 1919; nearly a century later, the Society continues to play a vital role in preserving the history and heritage of Broome County.
Currently the Society maintains a collection of over 200,000 items housed in two repositories. Over 140,000 paper and archival items, including over 80,000 images, are housed in the Broome County Local History & Genealogy Center at the Broome County Public Library. Since 2000, the Society has been an active partner, along with the Library, the Broome County Historian and the City of Binghamton Historian in bringing over 200 years of history into one facility which is used by over 30,000 researchers each year. The Society’s three-dimensional collections are maintained at the Roberson Museum & Science Center and are used extensively in exhibits and for educational programs.
Broome County Historical Society Information
- Broome County Historical Society
- Gerald R. Smith 607-778-3572
To collect, preserve, and interpret the history of Broome County.
Broome County Historical Society Collections
The Bowers Collection
This extensive glass-plate collection contains the work of Franck Taylor Bowers (1875-1932) a Broome County artist and photographer. Bowers was the son of Lamont Bowers, the financial advisor to John D. Rockefeller, and grew up in a wealthy Victorian environment. The images depict the height of late nineteenth and early twentieth century life at home, on vacation and with family and friends. Many of the images are local residents used as studies and models for a number of Bowers' paintings which are located in several important regional and national museums.