White Plains and Westchester County Subject Files include newspaper clippings, magazine articles, photographs, brochures, pamphlets, published documents, and other relevant ephemera. The subject files are still being added to, but the collection is strongest from 1940-1990. Separate sets of files exist for materials relevant to White Plains, Westchester County, and the White Plains Public Library. Please contact the Librarian for White Plains History to see if we hold materials relevant to your research and for access information.
Hi, I’m Ben Himmelfarb, the librarian responsible for local history. Since joining WPPL in October 2014, I have sought to increase access to and use of the White Plains Collection through research assistance, improved finding aids, and engaging programs. I value connecting patrons with historical materials and fostering the creation of historical knowledge. White Plains is a fascinating city. It is a crossroads for Westchester County and a great location for examining the local manifestations of broad historical trends and events. White Plains was the setting for important events in diverse circumstances- from European colonization and the Revolutionary War to public education reform and urban renewal projects. I am interested in supporting people’s research interests in any area. My research interests include urban renewal, social justice movements, and Dutch colonial history.