Briarcliff Manor Public Library, One Library Road, Briarcliff Manor, New York, 914-941-7072

Helpful Hints
(Holds, Renewals)
Online Resources
Search Other
Local Catalogs
Computer Classes
Book Discussion Groups
Adult Programs
Children's Room
(grades 7 – 12)
Library Cards & Policies
About the Library
Library Friends
Local Links
Click here to go to Westchester Library System homepage
Hours & Directions Catalog Downloads
eBooks & more
Ask a Librarian Contact Us Site Index


Briarcliff Manor and Westchester Local History Collection



The Briarcliff Family Album: Celebrating a Century. Briarcliff Manor Centennial Committee. Cornwall N.Y.: Auric Information Packaging. 2002. 87 pp.
R 974.7279 B
Village residents produced this book as part of the Briarcliff Manor Centennial Celebration in 2002. A brief history of the area before the Village was incorporated in 1902 precedes a year by year chronology of the Village. Centennial celebration events are described.
Briarcliff Manor: A Village Between Two Rivers. Briarcliff Manor–Scarborough Historical Society. White Plains: Monarch Publishing, Inc. 1977. 100pp.
R 974.727 V
This book presents the history of Briarcliff Manor from colonial times to the nineteen seventies and includes sections on Walter Law, Briarcliff Farms, Briarclff Lodge, Schools, the Library, and Churches. Personal reminisces from long–time Briarcliff residents are included as well as black and white and color pictures that offer a glimpse of Briarcliff past and present.
A Century of Volunteer Service: Briarcliff Manor Fire Department 1901–2001. Briarcliff Manor Fire Department. 2001. 114 pp.
R 974.7277 C
A detailed history of the Briarcliff Manor Fire Department from its beginnings in 1901 as a 14–member private fire company to its centennial, this work also features photos of all Village Fire Chiefs to 2003 as well as pictures and descriptions of the changing fire fighting apparatus used over the years.
Cheever, Mary. The Changing Landscape: A History of Briarcliff Manor–Scarborough. Kennebunk, Maine: Phoenix Publishing. 1990. 257 pp.
R 974.7277 C
Mary Cheever, the wife of noted author John Cheever, wrote this thoroughly researched and well–written account of Briarcliff Manor and Scarborough. The book is broken into four parts: The Forest, The Farms, The Millionaires' Estates and Lots, Plats and Condominiums. An appendix lists public officials. A bibliography and detailed index are included. The many black and white photographs and drawings illustrate important Briarcliff institutions as well as notable people.
Drury, George H. New York Central in the Hudson Valley: The Water Level Route in Steam and Diesel. Waukesha, W.I.: Kalmback Publishing Co. 1995. 127 pp.
R 625.1 D
A brief history of the New York Central Railroad along with many historic photographs of trains and railroad stations on the various lines that ran through the Hudson Valley is provided. A short discussion of the Putnam Division and a few photographs of the Briarcliff Manor Station are included.
Gallo, Daniel R. and Frederick A. Kramer. The Putnam Division: New York Central's Bygone Route through Westchester County. Westfield, N.J.: Bells & Whistles. 1989. 80 pp.
R 625.1 Gallo
The story of the New York Central Railroad, Putnam Division, which ran from New York City to Brewster in Putnam County, is recounted. Trains ran on the Putnam Division from 1880 until 1970 when the last train ran between Carmel and Brewster. The railroad station built in Briarcliff Manor by Walter Law was converted into the Village Library after the cessation of passenger service. Several photographs of the Briarcliff Manor station appear.
Oechsner, Carl. Ossining, New York: An Informal Bicentennial History. Croton–on–Hudson, N.Y.: North River Press. 1975. 138 pp.
R 974.7277 O
The development of the Village of Ossining from its earliest Native American inhabitants, the settling of the Villages of Sparta and Sing–Sing, and the subsequent incorporation of these early settlements into the Village of Ossining, are explored. There are chapters on Sing–Sing Prison, the Croton Aqueduct, Homes and Mansions, and Briarcliff Manor. Many interesting vignettes of local people and places and historical photographs and drawings help give a good picture of what life was like in this area in the past.
Our Village: Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. 1902 to 1952. Historical Committee of the Semi–Centennial. 1952. 94 pp.
R 972.727 O
A brief history of Briarcliff Manor from colonial times to 1952, this 50th anniversary memento includes chapters on early days, government, the board of education, and people. Many wonderful historic photographs are reproduced.
Sharman, Karen M., editor. Glory in Glass: A Celebration of the Briarcliff Congregational Church 1896–1996. Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.: Caltone Color Graphics. 1996. 191 pp.
R 974.7277 BCL G
The history of the Briarcliff Congregational Church from its modest beginnings in 1896 to its centennial year of 1996 is presented in this attractive book. A section on the stained glass windows of the church, many of which were created at the Tiffany Studios, appears in large photographs with detailed descriptions.
Swanson, Susan Cochran and Elizabeth Green Fuller. Westchester County: A Pictorial History. Harrison, N.Y.: Harbor Hill Books. 1982. 1999 pp.
R 974.727 W
This pictorial history of Westchester County contains wonderful historic drawings and photographs of important places, people and events in Westchester history. Several images related to Briarcliff Manor include Briarcliff Farms, Briarcliff Lodge, and the Briarcliff Stock Car Race.
Williams, Gray. Picturing Our Past: National Register Sites in Westchester County. Elmsford, N.Y.: Westchester County Historical Society. 2003. 480 pp.
R 974.727 Williams
This substantial and well–illustrated book includes descriptions of the 165 National Register Sites located in Westchester County. Briarcliff Manor sites included are: the All Saints' Episcopal Church; St. Mary's Episcopal Church of Scarborough; Sleepy Hollow Country Club; Beechwood Estate; and Scarborough School.

Briacliff Manor/Scarborough Historical Society –
You can find historic photographs of the Village of Briarcliff Manor as well as a short history, listings of special upcoming Society events, and historical products on this website.
Ossining Historical Society –
The Website describes the holdings of the Society which includes genealogical research resources, historical records, local newspapers, and many other materials. The OHS maintains a museum with an extensive costume collection.
Historical River Towns of Westchester –
This website includes information on historic attractions in the "Historic River Towns," the 13 municipalities along the east bank of the Hudson River, including Peekskill, Cortlandt, Buchanan, Croton-on-Hudson, Town and Village of Ossining, Briarcliff Manor, Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, Irvington, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings-on-Hudson, Yonkers and Historic Hudson Valley.
Westchester County Archives –
This repository of county records and archives provides a Research Guide to resources that can be used to obtain historic records on people who lived in Westchester County.
Westchester County Land Records –
The Westchester County Clerk's Office maintains County land records including deeds going back to 1680 and mortgages recorded as far back as 1957. You can search the index online for free, but there is a fee to obtain the full image of the record. You can view the actual record for free by going to the County Clerk's Office in White Plains.
Virtual Archives –
Presents special on-line projects using primary sources available through Westchester's government and private records. Featured topics are the Civil War in Westchester and the Bronx River Parkway. Links are provided to the repository that houses the actual documents.
Westchester Historical Society –
Information on the Society's extensive library of Westchester-related materials and research publications may be found as well as items on events and school resources.
Historic Hudson Valley –
This website provides information on the Library of Historic Hudson Valley which contains maps, graphics, rare books, manuscripts, the Washington Irving Collection, and 10,000 titles focusing on the Hudson Valley.
(back to top)

©Briarcliff Manor Public Library
This website was created by Amy B.G. Kaplan (

Last revised March 11, 2011