May 21, 2022

LIU’s Palmer School of Library and Information Science Launches a New Digital Collection Featuring Over 51,000 Images From 40 Participating Long Island Historical Societies

From Long Island University:

Long Island University’s Palmer School of Library and Information Science announced the opening of “Digitizing Local History Sources,” a groundbreaking project and website offering the public access to over 51,000 images from 40 participating Long Island historical societies.

Additional Information via a News Release:

The endeavor was funded by a $1.5 million grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.


The collection documents the breadth of life on Long Island: from the diary of a 1920s schoolgirl to the daily calendar of a World War II school superintendent; from the daily account book of an 18th century blacksmith to advertising scrapbooks from the quintessential Long Island department store; from 17th century deeds to 20th century real estate agent records; from photos of early 1900s automobile races to scrapbooks documenting the destruction caused by the Hurricane of 1938; and from the daily life of wealthy Gold Coast residents to the treasured photo albums of Fire Island community members.

Suggested search terms for beginning to explore the collection include: 


Direct to Digitizing Local History Sources

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