Buffalo’s Polish history now online at UB libraries

Souvenir album and commercial guide of the Polish settlements - Courtesy the University at Buffalo
Souvenir album and commercial guide of the Polish settlements - Courtesy the University at Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Just in time for Easter weekend and Dyngus Day, the University at Buffalo has made available a wonderful collection of photos from Buffalo’s Polonia district.

The first stages of this project give a peek into what Polish settlements were like in western New York at the turn of the century.

The book has quite a title: Album pamiątkowe i przewodnik handlowy : osady polskiej w miescie Buffalo, z dolaczeniem okolicznych miejscowósci ze stanu New York.  The title translates to: “Souvenir album and commercial guide of the Polish settlements in the City of Buffalo, and neighboring villages in the State of New York.”

The photographs include local landmarks and many businesses located on Buffalo’s East Side.

Images of the book have been individually scanned and placed in a digital link for improved access. Images of buildings and landmarks have been incorporated to the mapping website, Historypin, to help recreate the East Side of Buffalo at the turn of the 20th century.

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