2012 marks the 100th anniversary of The Archives at Queens Library (formerly the Long Island Division). Located on the second floor of Central Library at 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, The Archives specializes in the history of Queens, Brooklyn and and Nassau and Suffolk counties. The Archives offers books, newspapers, maps, ephemera, and many historic photographs. We invite library customers throughout Queens, Greater New York City and Long Island to visit us and join in celebrating our centennial.
History of The Archives
Open this PDF for a history of The Archives through the decades, from its origin as the Long Island Division of Queens Library to its current incarnation on the second floor of Central Library in Jamaica.
To celebrate this centennial, The Archives has planned a variety of programs for the public. The list below includes selected upcoming programs; check the events calendar on our website for additional programs and information.
The Geography of Queens County, presented by Jack Eichenbaum, Borough Historian and Urban Geographer, Wednesday, April 18, at 1:30 p.m., Central Library Auditorium.
The Study of the African-American Experience in Queens County, through the resources of The Archives at Queens Library, presented by James Driscoll, Vice President of the Queens Historical Society, Tuesday, June 12, at 2:30 p.m., Central Library (Auditorium)
The Birth of Sensationalism in America: The Ruth Snyder Murder Case, Presented by Marco Conelli, Wednesday, June 20, at 1:30 p.m., Central Library Auditorium.
Movie Presentation: Double Indemnity, Wednesday, June 27, at 1:30 p.m., Central Library Auditorium. (This film was based on a novel written by James M. Cain, who attended the Snyder trial.)
Queens Memory Project, presented by Natalie Milbrodt, Project Manager, September 19th, at 4p.m.
Traveling Exhibit of Photographs
We have designed a traveling exhibit illustrating our extensive collection of historical photographs. The exhibits will be visible in your local library. For a sneak preview, click here .
Below are links to historical societies in New York City:
New York City Department of Records and Information Services
New York City Department of Vital Records
The National Archives at New York City
Queens Historical Society
Brooklyn Historical Society
Long Island Genealogy
Bayside Historical Society
Douglaston/Little Neck Historical Society
Louis Armstrong House
Newtown Historical Society
Ridgewood Historical Society
Smithtown Historical Society
Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society
If you would like access to historic photo archives, check the links below:
Long Island and New York City Places That Are No More
Shorpy Historic Photo Archive
Retronaut (Historic Photographs and Other Artifacts)
Forgotten New York
Sepia Town (Mapped Historic Photos)