Carol Kammen Makes Large Gift to Historic Ithaca’s “Library of the Built Environment”

Historic Ithaca’s Library of the Built Environment has received a generous donation of over 150 items from the personal collection of local historian and author Carol Kammen. Kammen is the Tompkins County Historian and a Senior Lecturer at Cornell University. She writes a weekly column on the history of our region for the Ithaca Journal, is a regular contributor to Heritage, the magazine of the New York State Historical Association (NYSHA), and is the author of several books on local history.

We are thrilled and honored to have such a substantial donation of so many important items from Carol.  These resources will now be available to all members of the community.

Kammen’s donation includes books on the history of the Tompkins County region, pamphlets and programs from local events and celebrations, journals and magazines related to local history, antique maps, and other assorted memorabilia. Highlights include a beautiful colored map of the city of Ithaca from 1909, a unique coloring book from 1976 featuring drawings of Ithaca buildings and landmarks, and Make Tompkins Strong! Tompkins County Wartime Cookbook published by the Tompkins County War Council in 1942.

The donation comes as our library is set to move from its current location in the Significant Elements building at 212 Center Street into a newly renovated space adjacent to our offices next door at 210 Center Street. In preparation for the move, the current library collection is being cataloged, and the catalog is already available online. The renovation is on schedule to be finished this fall, and the new space will soon be available for use by community members interested in architecture and urban design, local history, conservation/preservation, DIY home repair, interior design and furnishings, and more.

The library is principally supported through individual donations. Historic Ithaca accepts donations of books, pamphlets, maps, photographs, unpublished works, and more relating to local history, architecture and urban design, and building science. See our book donation page for more information.

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