The Queens Memory team works with community partners and volunteers from across the borough to organize public story sharing events, oral history projects, and photo scanning days that bring exciting new collections out of people’s homes and into the archives.


Queens Memory is a collaboration between Queens Public Library and Queens College CUNY. Queens Public Library publishes a curated selection of oral histories, recorded live events, and the Queens Memory podcast in its audiovisual archives. All materials collected under the auspices of the Queens Memory Project, including photographs, oral histories, ephemera, and born digital content, are available on the library’s digital archives website. Queens College publishes interviews conducted with Queens College alumni, faculty, and staff, along with finding aids, on their website.

Get Involved

Use Queens Memory’s online submission forms to share your:
  • Scanned photos and ephemera (local menus, event flyers, etc.) from Queens
  • Digital photos of neighborhoods and events in Queens
  • Ambient sound recordings of Queens
  • Oral history interviews with Queens residents
  • Community History Event at the Ridgewood Library, January 27, 2016. Photographer: Maggie Schreiner

    Queens Memory invites you to learn about your neighborhood and share your stories at our live events. These free public programs include story sharing circles, oral history workshops, scanning days for family photos, panel discussions on topics of local interest, and memoir writing workshops.

    Miriam Todd with interviewer Ashley McBurnie at Cambria Heights Library, February 14, 2017. Photographer: Natalie Milbrodt

    Join the Queens Memory team by becoming a volunteer! Contact to learn how you can contribute as an interviewer, editor, photographer, or event organizer. Teachers, reach out to learn more about planning a Queens Memory project with your students.