The following titles provides a wealth of local history information. Some of these are free online books, some require a JCC staff or student login, and those with a call number listed are in our book collections. Some titles in the print collection are too rare and/or in poor condition and are not loaned.
- Hough, Franklin Benjamin. A History of Jefferson County in the State of New York, from the Earliest Period to the Present Time.
(Published in 1854, Call number: Arch. Ref. F127 .J4 H7) This is considered to be the most authoritive work on early Jefferson County history. Hough interviewed many original settlers in the region making this an invaluable source.
- Emerson, Edgar C. Our County and Its People.
(Published in 1898, Call number: Arch. Ref. F127 .J4 E5) An excellent and very reliable source on early Jefferson County history.
- Oakes, Rensselaer Allston. Genealogical and Family History of the County of Jefferson Vol 1. & Vol. 2.
(Published in 1905 in two volumes, Call number Arch. Ref. F127 .J4 O2) Excellent information on the families of Jefferson County.
Petersen, Keitha Kellogg. Drummed Out: A History of Sterlingville and Environs This well-illustrated book primarily provides the history of the Jefferson County village of Sterlingville, a small community that ceased to exist upon the government's expansion of Pine Camp (now Fort Drum), just prior to the United States' entry into World War II.
- Shampine, David. The North Country Murder of Irene Izak.
(Call number: HV6533.N5 S53 2010)
- Shampine, David and Daniel Boyer. The Jefferson County Egan Murders.
(Call number: HV6533 .N5 S528 2014)
Northern New York
- Shampine, David. Colorful Characters of Northern New York.
(Call number: CT251 .S53 2010)
- Shampine, David. New York's North Country and the Civil War.
(Call number: E523 .S53 2012)
- Shampine, David. Remembering New York's North Country.
(Call number: F129.W3 S53 2009)
New York State
The Adirondack Region
- Headley, Joel T. The Adirondack; Or, Life in the Woods
(First published in 1849, Call number: Arch. Ref. F127 .A2 H6) Perhaps the best example of early Adirondack writing, this work provides the author's accounts of his travels throughout the Adirondacks. Note: The link above provides the text of an expanded edition published in 1869.