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

Access Our Archives Online!

Posted by: yetheart, January 21, 2015 3:32 pm
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"Unisphere" Photo courtesy of Erwin Ma, 2013.

In a big advancement for local history research in Queens, the Queens Library has made nearly 8,000 of its digitized archival objects available online for the first time. 

The Archives at Queens Library: Digital Collections is the online repository for selected maps, photographs, newspapers, books, and more that document the history of Queens, Brooklyn, and Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk counties).

Over the coming months, we will add more of our materials to the website, providing researchers and people from around the world with extraordinary new access to the Library's local history collections.