A variety of interesting and thought-provoking Staten Island-related books and publications are available from the Staten Island Museum Store.

For assistance or to order by phone, please call 718.727.1135.

  • Gala Journal


    Commemorative Journal from the 2018 Staten Island Museum GALA


    Click here for PDF download (3.3 MB)

  • William T Davis Wildlife Refuge Guide

    FREE - Map and Trail Guide

    Click here for PDF download (1.45 MB)

  • Staten Island Ferry: A History

    The Staten Island Ferry: A History

    An overview of the many documents, images, and artifacts on the subject of the ferry currently held by the Staten Island Museum’s History Archives and Library.  As such, this text should prove an invaluable resource for those interested in pursuing information about the Staten Island Ferry.

    Realms of History
  • Realms of History

    In death all are equal…
    William T. Davis and Charles W. Leng, “Staten Island & Its People,” 1930
    The cemeteries of Staten Island that can still be visited are a celebration. In this borough you will find buried the powerful and the pauper, the soon to be sainted, and those that may well be spending all of eternity “burning in hell.” In other words, Staten Island’s burial grounds are the final resting place for the celebrated, the unrepentant, the marvelous, the masterful, the mysterious, etc…everyday folks who simply go to work striving “not to” meet their final destination “six feet under Staten Island” are also interred. Excerpt

  • Days Afield

    Days Afield

    When William T. Davis wrote the first edition of Days Afield on Staten Island, the Island was very much a naturalist’s paradise. Woodlands and marshes covered the island, and its population of about 50,000 lived mostly in a few small towns or on farms. As the island changed, Davis would later remark, “Houses appear where it used to be uninhabited — I see clothes drying on the line where once I saw wild ducks, so I have to abandon a little of my rambling.” Through conservation, Staten Island today retains much of its natural charm and character. The text provides a poetic window for the reader to view Staten Island through the eyes of the Museum’s founder. Excerpt

  • Staten Island: I Didn’t Know That

    Staten Island: I Didn’t Know That

    Borough Historian Dr. Thomas Matteo shares captivating facts about Staten Island to satisfy the reader’s need to know about the island borough. Staten Island: I Didn’t Know That is rich in information on places and points of interest across the Island; sure to evoke further research into the island’s history.


  • Abel Kiviat

    Abel Kiviat, National Champion

    Using oral histories, family archives and library resources, author Alan S. Katchen captures the spirit of Abel Kiviat — Staten Islander, renowned track and field record-holder and celebrated Olympian who began his sports career at Curtis High School in St. George, Staten Island.  Follow the evolution of track and field and its influence on working class immigrant populations.

  • A Comparative Flora of Staten Island

    A Comparative Flora of Staten Island

    In spite of Staten Island’s relatively small size and the rapid growth of urban and suburban development, the island’s natural vegetation shows remarkable diversity. A Comparative Flora of Staten Island shows the large number of plant species which have been reported on the island along with discussions on vegetation, distribution of plant species, the nature of plant communities and their relationship  to the physical environment and the impact of man’s activities on the vegetation of the island.

  • Henry Hudson and the Algonquins of New York

    Henry Hudson and the Algonquins of New York

    This book is not really about Henry Hudson, first European to explore New York’s Hudson Valley, nor his crew. This is about the land that discovered him, the people who encountered him, and the river that flowed beneath him, both ways, upstream and down. The land is Turtle Island, the river is the Mohicanituck (spelled various ways, most notably Muhheakunnuk “Great Waters Constantly In Motion, as interpreted by DeLaet) and the people are the Eastern Algonquin people. It is their story. Excerpt.


  • Art Collection Handbook

    Art Collection Handbook

    Issued on the occasion of the centennial of the Staten Island Museum, the illustrated handbook provides a sampling of the Museum’s permanent collection which is many times larger. It covers a wide range of cultures and periods and is representative of the historic importance and educational value of the institution’s holdings.

  • Arcadia Series: Stapleton

    Arcadia Series Stapleton

    Using vintage images and entertaining narratives this popular series tells fascinating stories of Staten Island’s localities as they once were.



  • Arcadia Series: St. George

    Arcadia Series: St. George

    Using vintage images and entertaining narratives this popular series tells fascinating stories of Staten Island’s localities as they once were.



  • Arcadia Series: Tottenville

    Arcadia Series: Tottenville

    Using vintage images and entertaining narratives this popular series tells fascinating stories of Staten Island’s localities as they once were.



  • That Ever Loyal Island

    That Ever Loyal Island

    The implications of Loyalism and the American Revolution on Staten Island extend beyond the confines of community-based studies. They remind us of the importance of the local environment where ordinary Americans lived and enable us to view similarities in vastly different regions. This study also allows us to ask questions about New York’s political culture during the American Revolution and the city’s complex socioeconomic and political relationship with its neighboring communities.

  • The New Field Guide to Staten Island’s Rocks & Minerals

    The New Field Guide to Staten Island’s Rocks & Minerals

    This new field guide proposes to describe the wide variety of minerals that can be readily found in their geologic environments on Staten Island and to update their origin, chemistry, and to list their most recent reliable collecting localities.

  • In the Shadow of the Statue of Liberty

    In the Shadow of the Statue of Liberty

    This story, told in great gulps of time from childhood to adulthood is a true story; part memoir, part historical commentary — a Black man’s voice over seven decades. Cleve (Overton) has written about his search to find that elusive “Gold Ring,” his place on his island and in his less-than-perfect world. It is a commentary on the historical gaps and inaccuracies of an island community and its social issues, of how the author coped with systematic racism and managed to make the system work for him. Excerpt

  • Birds in Focus

    Birds in Focus

    The average person beginning to notice birds on Staten Island might well think we have nothing more than Starlings and Sparrows, with an occasional Blue Jay for color. Of course very much the opposite is true, and well over 150 species can be sighted here in the course of a year.  All it takes is diligence, a little luck, and the knowledge of where to look, what to expect, and when.

  • Breeding Birds of Staten Island

    Breeding Birds of Staten Island

    This tribute, undertaken by the member of the (Staten Island Museum’s) Section of Natural History, is in two areas of natural science that have been the subject of study throughout the Museum’s history: Ornithology and Botany. Findings in both areas have been correlated with the historical records compiled a century ago by the founders, records which have been updated through the years by members and which are preserved in the Museum’s Archives.

  • Breeding Birds of Staten Island

    The Audobon Notebook

    An illustrated journal with space for notes.

  • They Answered The Alarm

    They Answered the Alarm

    Jacques Jacobson has been interested in firefighting on Staten Island since 1954. He was a Captain of Auxiliary Engine Co. 157 F.D.N.Y. for ten years…served for many years as the curator of the fire collections of the Staten Island Historical Society and was instrumental in acquiring three pieces of horse drawn apparatus for the Staten Island Historical Society at Richmondtown. The photographs in this book alone create a visual record of the volunteer and paid departments as well. From the earliest ambrotype (predating the tintype) to the 21st century, many of the photographs have never been published.

  • Reptiles and Amphibians

    Reptiles and Amphibians

    The simple picture key and brief descriptions given here are designed to make identification easier for the beginner and to afford some degree of interest for the more experienced naturalist. A great part of the data contained in this article has been compiled from the experiences of local herpetologists and the author. Excerpt

  • Cecily Cicada

    A delightful book written by mother-daughter team Patsy Helmetag and Kita Helmitag Murdock to ease insect anxiety over the emergence of the 17-year cicadas. It tells the story of a special 17-year cicada named Cecily in an endearing way. Beautifully illustrated.