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O.B. Brewster Memorial Library

Libraries, Archives, and Special Collections

PLEASE BE SURE TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT! The Museum has a part time Research Assistant - please email [email protected] or call 518-873-6466 for an appointment.


The research library at Adirondack History Center Museum is named for the Honorable Osceola Byron Brewster. Dedicated in 1959 by James Rosenburg, Essex County Historical Society board member and artist. Judge Brewster was a well known and respected Essex County citizen - and according to legend; a fantastic story teller.

Throughout the years, numerous volunteer librarians dedicated their time and effort to making the Brewster Library a vital resource for the citizens of Essex County. Today, our Library is open to anyone looking for information regarding history where the people and/or places of Essex County are concerned. The Brewster Library & Archives fosters research through access to it's special collection.

Identify And Describe The Management Organization

We are committed to making the Brewster Library accessible to the public, while adhering to the highest standards of current special collections and archival practices for our precious materials.

Actively we encourage the community to explore the past by utilizing our diverse resources. We offer a variety of research services fore personal, commercial, and/or non-profit researchers for a nominal fee. These fees aid in the preservation, conservation and continual project of digitizing our special collections Library & Archives.

Research materials may be accessed by appointment only, made in advance with the Library/Archives Manager. Please call 518-873-6466 or email [email protected] for an appointment.

The Director and/or Library/Archives Manager reserve the right to restrict the usage of material depending on its fragility.

Lending Policy

All library and archival material must remain inside the research room. Photocopies can be made for a small fee.

New York State Archives


Season And Hours Open

The Brewster Library is open all year by appointment only.