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Tompkins County, NY History

Tompkins County, NY

We are beginning to offer items from Tompkins County, New York.  Note especially the series of annuals from Ithaca High School currently being published.  Check back here often to see what's new!

Tompkins County: now available for download

The 143rd Regiment, New York Volunteers, Infantry (1892). 

This is the history of the so-called "Sullivan County Regiment" -- a well-respected Civil War outfit, largely populated with Sullivan County boys, but which also included a company drawn from Tompkins County.  Includes rosters and other individual information. 32+ pages, PDF format.  $3.50 

 143rd Regiment, the Sullivan County Regiment

  

The Tompkins County chapter from French's Gazetteer of the State of New York (1860).

French’s Gazetteer is, of course, the standard reference for New York information at the point just before the Civil War began.  Most county gazetteers – and there were many, including some re-published by us – subsequent to French’s either acknowledged their use of information from this source or simply used French’s information without attribution.  It is interesting today to read an account of Ithaca, NY, absent a discussion of the institutions of higher learning that are so important there today.  6+ pages, PDF format, download now for $2.25.

 Tompkins County from French's Gazetteer

 

Tompkins County from Mather & Brockett's Geographical History of the State of New York (1848)

A dozen years before French's Gazetteer, Mather and Brockett compiled their Geographical History.  Much happened in that dozen years in terms of development of the state, and there's some evidence of it when one compares the treatment Tompkins County received in the two sources.  While Tompkins County receives only four pages in Mather & Brockett, they are an important part of the historical record.  We also include the section about underlying land grants and patents in New York State as background.  4++ pages, in PDF format, download now for $1.50.

 Tompkins County NY in Mather and Brockett (1848)

 

Ithaca High School Annual for 1922.

The first of four yearbooks of this period we will be publishing over the next few weeks for this high school.  This is quite a sophisticated yearbook for those relatively early days.  200 pages in length (we rarely saw them that thick until the 1950s) and quite comprehensive in coverage, this was well ahead of its time as high school yearbooks go.  All the expected coverage of the senior class, with large class photos and lists of members of Junior, Sophomore, and Freshman classes as well, in addition to all the expected activities.  202+ pages, in PDF format.  Download now for $5.00.

 Ithaca High School Annual for 1922

 

Ithaca High School Annual for 1921.

The second of our set of Ithaca High School annuals we are publishing that cover this general time period.  The comments above for the 1922 annual hold true here as well, but we found noteworthy the extent to which the young people pictured, especially the girls, looked like they were still in the previous decade, not in the beginning of the age of the flapper.  202+ pages, in PDF format, download now for $5.00.

 Ithaca High School Annual for 1921

 

Ithaca High School Annual for 1918.

The third of our set of Ithaca High School annuals we are publishing that cover this general time period.  This yearbook reflects a class graduating at the time when the United States was nearing its maximum involvement in World War I, both in terms of military effort and in terms of commitment on the home front of the nobility of the cause.  The Great War permeates this yearbook, and when one looks at the faces of the senior boys, one wonders if all were alive two years hence.  170+ pages, in PDF format, download now for $4.75.

 Ithaca High School, 1918

 

See also: Hotchkin's History of Western New York State, available on CD-ROM.

See also: Noted Women of the Genesee Country by Mary Hotchkin Hoag (undated). 

Tompkins County: awaiting publication

We've recently acquired four old high school yearbooks from Ithaca High School.  The years are 1918, 1921, 1922, and 1925. We are publishing them as downloads as time permits.

 

Tompkins County was separated from Cayuga and Seneca Counties in 1817.  You may also want to consult our Cayuga County page and our Seneca County page for locations that may have been affected by this transaction.

Subsequently, a portion of Tompkins County was removed, along with portions of two other counties, to form Schuyler County.  You may want to visit our Schuyler County page for more information.

 

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