Collections: History Archives & Library

The History Archives of the Staten Island Museum is an important resource for all individuals interested in Staten Island history.

Journalists, students, land planners, home owners, genealogists, environmentalists, archeologists, naturalists, and many others use this vast collection for their research efforts.


A reference library with over 15,000 volumes can be consulted, as can more than 175 Special Collections that focus on history, science, nature, and art relative to Staten Island. Some of the most important collections utilized include: Staten Island Ferries and Railroads, Churches and Cemeteries, Architectural Survey Collection, Genealogies: Staten Island Families, 1597-Present, Newspaper Collections: 1834-Present, Biographies of Staten Islanders, 1851-1945, the William T. Davis Collection, and the George W. Curtis Collection. Maps and atlases, wills and deeds, census records, family bibles, cemetery and church records, city and county directories, military muster rolls and enlistment records, and numerous other documents, papers, and records are available to aid researchers.

The Archives also holds more than 60,000 images including photographs, negatives, carte de visite, daguerreotypes, tintypes, stereoviews, and other formats. The Archives of the Staten Island Museum is a rich repository for all researchers. This excellent resource is available by appointment at our new location: History Center and Archives, Building H, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, New York.

For more information or to make an appointment please e-mail or call 718.483.7122.


We invite you to explore the links below to learn more:

  • History Archives Images

    Images

    From ferries to architecture, to portraits and beachfront promenades, the History Archives has over 60,000 images available for reproduction.

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  • History Archives Books

    Books

    The Archives contain thousands of books covering five centuries. More than 16,000 books focusing on history, art, and nature are housed within the library.

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  • History Archives Special Collections

    Special Collections

    More than 175 Special Collections that focus on history, science, nature, and art relative to Staten Island.

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