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.
Bible Records (54 published in DCHS Year Books; others in Genealogy files)Cemetery records
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Family histories (over 140, both published and unpublished)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
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