The Franklin A. Butts Research Library is a non-circulating collection open to the public. Contact us for an appointment. There is a $20 use fee for non-members. Historical Society members are invited to use the library for free. We can, in some instances, create digital scans.

Collections include

Bible Records (54 published in DCHS Year Books; others in Genealogy files)Cemetery records

Church histories

Clipping files of Dutchess County organized by town

Cultural Resource information: Architecture and Landscape survey of Dutchess County (17th century to 1940 with maps and photographic data)

Directories: City of Poughkeepsie (some gaps) and Dutchess County (some gaps)

Dutchess County histories

Family histories (over 140, both published and unpublished)

Furnishings – small objects, ceramic, metal, etc.


Genealogy files by surname

Justice of the Peace Records (mainly from Dutchess County)

Local History resource material

Maps: 1867 and 1876 Dutchess County Atlases, 1850 and 1858 Dutchess County Wall Maps, Assorted 17th-20th century maps

Newspapers: Poughkeepsie and Dutchess County communities


Periodicals for Genealogical Research: partial holdings include New York Genealogical and Biographical Records, Year Books of the Holland Society of New York and Olde Ulster
Photographs: covering 19th and 20th century Dutchess County

Post cards: covering 19th and 20th century Dutchess County




Town histories

Wills: New York Historical Society Collection of Wills 1665-1801, 15 volumes (missing volumes 4,6,7); Fernow’s Albany Wills; Abstracts of Wills in Dutchess County in the Dutchess County Genealogical Society’s The Dutchess, Ulster County Wills 1663-1792.

Year Books and other works published by DCHS, 1914 to present