Genealogy & Local History in Buffalo, NY
Mostly Vintage Buffalo Images

Presented here are collections of mostly old pictures of Buffalo, with a few collections of new pictures of Buffalo.   In case it isn't clear, the elves at BuffaloResearch do not have a picture archive that we are scanning online. Instead, we obsessively search for sites where other people or institutions are digitizing pictures and we collect their links here for your convenience.

A gentle reminder: Just because pictures are online is no guarantee that they are in the public domain (copyright-expired). Unless otherwise indicated, you should assume that all pictures are protected by copyright .

If you use pictures without credit or permission in your blogs, social media sites, websites, publications, or documents, you do so at your own risk.  Need permission to use a picture?  Contact the website where you found it.  You'll find public domain pictures here.

Links are sorted into these categories:

dollar sign Indicates a fee-based site.

Aerial Photographs

  • Aerial Photographs, Erie County
    At present, photos from the 1920s and from 1951 are online, courtesy of the Erie County Department of Public Works, Division of Highways
  • Aerial Photographs at UB
    Images from 1927-1929, 1966, 1978, and "recent" are online in low resolution courtesy of the University at Buffalo Libraries
  • Fairchild Aerial Surveys
    Has a handful of aerial views of Bethlehem Steel from 1949
  • HistoricAerials.com
    Coverage includes Erie and Niagara Counties, with the ability to compare the same location from the 1960s and today side by side. Pretty impressive.

 Contemporary Photographs

We arbitrarily define contemporary as any image that was born digital rather than being scanned from a pre-computer print source.

Picture Books

These are vintage, online books in which photographs, engravings, and other illustrations predominate.


Everything Else

Offline Pictures

Updated 5 November 2014

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