The Town of Amherst, located in Erie County, New York, is a 54-square mile suburban community north of the City of Buffalo. Today Amherst includes the Village of Williamsville and the hamlets of Eggertsville, Getzville, Snyder, Swormville, and East Amherst. The Jacob Hardy farm was located at 2050 North French Road in Amherst, NY, across the street from the Dettmer farm. The Philip Hardy farm was on Campbell Boulevard, near Schoelles. While only a handful of working farms remain in operation in Amherst today, the northern section of the town was once entirely agricultural. These photographs are from an album belonging to the donor, Marguerite Hardy. Mrs. Hardy allowed Amherst Museum to scan the album contents and then to accession the digital scans.
Scope of Collection
The time period for the photo collection is roughly 1913-1947, with the bulk of the photos taken in the 1940s. The black-and-white images show seasonal views of people, structures, machines, animals, and landscapes commonly associated with agriculture and farming of the period. There are also images of several family members who served in the U.S. Armed Services in WWII and of an elementary school class of roughly the same period.