City of Watertown, NY


Donna Dutton, City Historian of the City of Watertown, has kindly provided us with the following information on what you can find at the city historian's office. The office is located in the basement of Watertown's municipal building, next to Flower Library on Washington Street.

The office contains over 350 notebooks on subjects such as:

1. Military
2. Churches
3. Industry
4. Business
5. Famous Men
6. Famous Women
7. Entertainment
8. Inventions
9. Fairs
10. Courts
11. Counties
12. Cemeteries
13. Government
14. Schools
15. Hospitals
16. Plus many more!


Copies of family trees and other information on many families in the area donated to the City Historian's Office.

City Clerk indices for births, deaths and marriages occuring in the city from 1883-1915.

Village of Watertown and City of Watertown directories from the 1840s.

Scrapbooks containing great research material.

Books on New York State History and Jefferson County History as well as books on adjacent counties.


Maps--News Clippings--Photos--Postcards

Did you know we have artifacts which we use for window displays?

The City Historian's Office wants to share all of the research materials with the community. We are open 1-4 p.m. each weekday. The office is staffed by volunteers who love history and who are here to assist you with any research you might have.

While no items can be removed from the City Historian's Office, we will be glad to copy any of the material for you at a fee of ten cents a sheet.

For more information please call (315) 785-7769 during the hours of 1-4 p.m. or 785-7780 at any other time.

Coordinator's note: This is a very friendly place to research. The volunteers are continually indexing names from the notebooks and scrapbooks for better accessibility.

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