The Centennial Celebration of The Archives at Queens Library


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.

Special Programs

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 .

Additional Information

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

Archivists Roundtable

Queens Historical Society

Brooklyn Historical Society

Long Island Genealogy

Bayside Historical Society

Bowne House

Douglaston/Little Neck Historical Society

King Manor

Louis Armstrong House

Newtown Historical Society

Poppenhusen Institute

Richmond Hill

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)