Written history preserved in Cooperstown

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum's A. Bartlett Giamatti Research Center contains more than three million documents relating to baseball history.The National Baseball Hall of Fame Library. (Milo Stewart Jr./National Baseball Hall of Fame Library) The collection includes books, team documents, newspaper clippings and an individual file on each of the 17,000-plus men who have played one Major League Baseball game, plus files on most Negro leagues and women's leagues players, and most major league owners, umpires, broadcasters, executives and baseball personalities.

The Library's collection also contains more than 500,000 photographs.

The Library, which is located inside the Hall of Fame at 25 Main Street in Cooperstown, N.Y., is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day and most other holidays. Museum Admission is required to use the Library, and documents and books can be accessed via assistance from the Library staff.

Researchers are asked to schedule an appointment by calling the reference desk at 607-547-0330 or contacting the research [at] baseballhalloffame [dot] org (Library's staff).

For online research the ABNER online catalog, is also available for select bibliographies of baseball topics and more.