Erie County Historical Society is commited to maintaining a library and archives to discover, select, arrange, preserve and make information of the history of Erie County and its people available to the public. With a strong collection of original manuscripts, business and community archives, it is a central repository for manuscripts and archival material recently donated by Mercyhurst College, and Erie Historical Museum Archives recently acquired through merger, totaling over 800+ separate collections. It also serves as a repository for selected city and county government records of permanent value on loan. The professional staff provides access, reference service and research access to this significant collection of material. The repository contains special collections, legal documents, newspapers (microfilm), church records, quarter sessions records, and other source material which are essential research resources when studying anti-slavery and the Underground Railroad. John Brown, who lived in near-by Crawford County is mentioned in one primary source. The papers of the author of From Dixie to Canada, include stories collected from original sources and published in Lakeshore Magazine. With a significant collection of original documents relating to anti-slavery and the Underground Railroad, ECHS's Library & Archives can become a key regional facility in the Network to Freedom.
Visitor Information: Currently open to public.
Location: Erie County History Center, 419 State Street, Erie, 16501
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: David Frew
Location Type: Facility
UGRR Operatives: John Brown