The Society collects, preserves and exhibits materials pertinent to the social and cultural development of the customs, traditions and lifestyles of rural America with emphasis on the 19th century, especially as relates to the history of the Town of Elma NY.

The Elma Historical Society Museum is typically open on Thursdays afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00. Due to the current NY mandates, please call or email before visiting to ensure the Museum Complex is open.


Membership application: below

Museum telephone: 716-655-0046


Museum appointments telephone: 716-652-9458

Historical Society email address: ElmaHistory{at}AOL.com.


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The following is a partial listing of genealogy and related materials available in the Research Library, located in the Hurd House.

  • Genealogy records and photos of Elma residents organized by family name
  • Property records, including some Search documentation, some original home blueprints and photos
  • School records dating back to the mid-1800s for all of the one-room schools, including student records & photos, and some local school yearbooks
  • Business documentation dating back to the mid-1800s
  • Original maps, some from before Elma was a town; digital maps are also available via email
  • Extensive history of the Iroquois Native Americans in Elma
  • Some generic genealogy materials for Erie County and New York State
  • Some Elma cemetery records


Please call or email for specifics. Limited copy service is available. Some members of the Elma Historical Society have personal libraries, so please ask for help.


If your family once called Elma home, chances are good there is information available to help you: create your Family Tree; write a book; write a history article; and more. Likewise, Elma residents are asked to share their family and business-history information with the Elma Historical Society so that future generations may benefit.