FRANK, an acronym for “Find Resources And New Knowledge,” is a new online resource of the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society’s Library and Archives collection, expected to benefit historians, students, genealogists and educators, as well as the general public.
The name is also a tribute to local historian Frank Severance, architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and former First Lady and Buffalo native Frances “Frank” Folsom Cleveland.
This database includes detailed bibliographic descriptions of more than 20,000 books and 2,000 manuscript collections, as well as a portion of the Historical Society’s photograph collection. Web visitors can search results by author, title, date, relevance, or popularity. Users may also create personal accounts, enabling them to comment on books and add “tags” or simple descriptors to records.
The Historical Society’s collection is non-circulating, but documents listed in the database may be viewed in person at the Research Library within the Historical Society’s museum, located at 25 Nottingham Court at Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo.
FRANK was set up by the Historical Society’s Library and Archives staff, including Director of Library and Archives Cynthia Van Ness, Assistant Librarian Sara Lawrence and Technical Services Librarian Paul Heyde. It replaces www.wnylibraries.org, a service of the Western New York Library Resources Council, which was discontinued on Dec. 31.
Image: Painting of BECHS by Dr. V. Roger Lalli