Local History

“The Battle of White Plains,” by the beloved White Plains artist Edmund F. Ward, was created to mark the nation’s 1926 sesquicentennial and was displayed for over half a century in the old White Plains Post Office. It was “rescued” and restored through a community effort in 1984 for permanent exhibition in the White Plains Public Library.
The White Plains Public Library’s Local History Collection includes books, pamphlets, maps, clippings and brochures of local historical interest. Although its primary collection focus is the City of White Plains, the library collects some historical materials on other towns in Westchester and on Westchester County itself.

These materials are available for on-site use by any patron or researcher looking for information about the community or searching for ancestors who lived locally.

For assistance and admission to the Local History Room, please ask at the Library’s Reference Desk; call 914-422-1480 for information or to make an appointment. In order to access materials in the Local History Room, patrons are required to leave ID at the Reference Desk, and the use of some items is supervised. You may also submit your local history question online or by texting WPPL to 66746.

All books in this collection are searchable in the Library’s online catalog. Other local history resources at the library include:

  • Atlases
  • Census Information
  • City Directories
  • Local History – Newspapers
  • Local Newspaper Holdings
  • Local Newspaper Index
  • Obituary Index
  • Biography Index / Scrapbooks
  • Maps
  • White Plains Public Library Local History Pamphlet Files
  • John Rösch Collection (photographs, sketches, scrapbooks)
  • Postcards
  • Rare Books
  • School Yearbooks
Subscription Database

Ancestry Library Editon (in-Library use only)
Family history research tools
Other Local History Resources:

City of White Plains Archives. Call City Archivist Elaine Massena at 914-422-1450.
Westchester County Archives
Westchester County Historical Society

Our Hours:

Mon-Thu: 10am-9pm
Fri: 10am-6pm
Sat: 10am-5pm
Sun: 1pm-5pm
Closed on City Holidays

Our Full Contact Information
Contact Us:

Call us: 914-422-1400
Text us: WPPL to 66746
100 Martine Ave.
White Plains, NY 10601