Discover the Past
through the stories of those who lived it!

Rochester Voices is a project of the Local History & Genealogy Division of the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County. It is operated and administered by the Rochester Public Library.

This interactive, mobile-friendly website is designed to engage a K-12 audience, as well as the general public, in the study of local, state, national, and even global history, by allowing users to explore the stories of Rochesterians who experienced the past first-hand. Combining the features of an online special collections catalog and interpreted digital exhibits with those of an exploratory learning laboratory, this site enables diverse users to interact with unique historical materials in a variety of exciting new ways.

The original letters, diaries, interviews, and other primary sources that make up Rochester Voices’ digital collections are held in the Local History & Genealogy Division’s special collections and those of its partners.

This project was made possible through the generous support of the Gleason Family Foundation, through a grant to the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library. 

Our Partners

We would like to thank the people who contributed time and knowledge to the development of this site by advising us on content and functionality:

Jim Belair Jean Hurst Kristen Pasquarella
Jim Burlingame Timothy Kneeland          Randy Schenk
Mike Frisch Sarah Kowiak Henry Teegarden
Jennifer Gkourlias       Stephen LaMorte Lisa Wing
Jan Gleason Spero Michailidis Mike Yates




The staff and students of Genesee Community Charter School and Young Women’s College Prep deserve particular recognition for their ongoing work in planning and testing the site.

The following volunteers and/or interns assisted with content development:

Paige Doerner            Linda Lopata Emily Morry
Kirsten Feigel Andreas Meyris Amy Pepe
Chris Fisher Betsy Morgans Matthew Wood

Student artwork for the Classroom Connections page was provided by Maureen Lockner’s Genesee Community Charter School students and Fairport High School student Taylor Samuel.

Copyright & Permissions

All text, images, and software code on this website are copyright property of the Rochester Public Library, unless otherwise noted, and may not be redistributed, reproduced, or published without express written permission from the library or the designated rights holder, except whereas permitted by law, such as under fair use exceptions. Users of Rochester Voices agree to hold the Rochester Public Library, its officers, and employees harmless against all claims and actions arising out of the use of reproductions provided by the library. It is the user’s responsibility to investigate and clear rights to use these materials.

Several partner organizations have contributed content to this site, including the Rochester Museum & Science Center and the East Rochester Historian’s Office. Permission to use or reproduce content from partner organizations must come directly from them and cannot be granted by the Rochester Public Library.

Users are welcome to link to Rochester Voices for educational and research purposes.

Citing Materials Used

Any item reproduced from this website must be properly cited, whether for publication, educational, or commercial use. All citations should include the title of the item, the web address (URL), and “Rochester Voices, Local History & Genealogy Division, Rochester Public Library.”