The Archives @ Queens Library

Since 1912, the Archives at Queens Library has collected, preserved, and made available a myriad of resources that document the social, economic, and political history of the four counties on Long Island - Kings (Brooklyn), Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk. The Archives also serves as the repository of Queens Library records.

The Archives has one of the largest collections of primary and secondary resources documenting Long Island.  It consists of approximately 36,000 books and volumes of serials, approximately 2,500 cubic feet of manuscripts, 4,500 maps and broadsides, 105,000 photographs, 422 feet of vertical files, and 9,000 reels of microfilm. The Archives has subscriptions to 49 journals and 28 newspapers.

The bulk of the printed material and manuscripts are from the 19th and 20th centuries, but extensive 18th century material and some 17th century manuscripts are also held.

Collecting Policy

The Archives divides its acquisitions into three areas:

  1. The Archives acquires primary and secondary resources documenting the natural, social economic and political history of Queens County in all formats.
  2. The Archives acquires secondary resources including reference works, monographs, journals, indexes and abstracts and other published works that document Kings, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties.
  3. The Archives acquires the records of the Queens Library’s Department heads, as well as the organization's publications, board meeting minutes and other historically valuable records.

The Archives accepts donations and purchases of material that fit within the scope of its collection.

Additional information may be obtained by writing or calling:

Archives at Queens Library Queens Library 89-11 Merrick Boulevard Jamaica, NY 11432 (718) 990-0770

The Birthplace of Santa

Posted by: yetheart, November 1, 2018 6:14 pm
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Hidden History of Queens

We asked Richard Panchyk, author of Hidden History of Queens, to tell us about one of Queens’ historic holiday places—and its connection to one of the most famous poems ever written!

Queens is home to a spot that is likely to have inspired nothing less than the modern version of the secular side of Christmas as we know it—with its vision of a jolly round Santa Claus in a sled pulled by reindeer.

Though Clement Clarke Moore, author of the famous poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” (more commonly known as "The Night Before Christmas"), was born in Manhattan, his father was an Elmhurst native. In fact, the Moore family had roots in Queens since the mid-17th century.