Richard & Carolyn Wright Research Center

The Research Center is a valuable resource for patrons who are interested in learning more about the history of Syracuse, Onondaga County and its inhabitants. It includes files covering locally relevant topics, family names, photographs, maps, and locations of Syracuse and Onondaga County. Visitors are also able to request local historical documents and material from the Archives. We hope you research with us and perhaps learn more than what you expected.

Visiting the Research Center

Located on the second floor of OHA’s building at 321 Montgomery Street, the Research Center is open to the public Wednesday through Friday 10:00 AM to 4 PM and Saturday 11:00 AM to 4 PM and is closed Sunday, Monday & Tuesday. Walk-ins welcome, appointments preferred.

To make an appointment, please contact the Research Center via phone at 315-428-1864 x325, or email at

Admission is $10 for the general public, $7 for students, and FREE for OHA members. Interested in becoming a member? Click here.

Photocopies can be made of most items for a small fee.

Catalog and Finding Aid

A partial catalog of our archival collection is available through the NYS Library Catalog. To search our collection specifically, change the library to ‘HDI’ and include ‘and Onondaga Historical Association’ in your search terms. 
The Research Center Subject Finding Aid gives an overview of the topics covered in our Reference Collection. 

The African-American Materials Finding Aid provides an inventory of African-American related collections and Reference Collection files.

Research Center Services

We have thousands of images that are available as reprints or digital files. We also offer remote research services, conducting research on behalf of our customers. Click here for more information, or to purchase these services.