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Bourne Estate - Indian Neck Hall Collection
Find photos and memorabilia about the Bourne Estate, also known as Indian Neck Hall.


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Bronco Charlie Collection
Bronco Charlie was known as the last pony express rider. A resident of Oakdale, NY starting in the late 1920′s, he established a snack bar that later grew to be a well known restaurant bearing his name.


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Dowling College Archives
Our Archives contain information relating to the history of Dowling College. These items have restricted availability. Please consult our Archives Rules of Use.


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Dowling College Author Collections
The works of individuals related to Dowling College - faculty, administrators, staff, students and alumni.


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Gilded Age Collection
Materials pertaining to the study of the Gilded Age, espectially as it relates to Long Island, Oakdale NY, and the Vanderbilt Family.


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Grace Barstow Murphy Collection
Enjoy this collection of stunning photos of the Vanderbilt mansion on the south shore of Long Island


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Historic Newspapers
Find links to historic collections of newspapers including: The New York Times, The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, and The Suffolk County News.


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Historic Post Card Collection
Find historic postcards of Long Island, New York City, New York State, and assorted other States.


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Idle Hour Artist Colony Collection
In 1926 the Farm Area of the Idle Hour estate became known as the Artist Colony. Ever since then, this area has been home to many creative people.


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Idle Hour Estate Collection
The Idle Hour Estate Collection focuses on the history of the Idle Hour Mansions and various outbuildings of the Idle Hour Estate during the William K Vanderbilt Years.


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Long Island Environment Collection
Find historic Long Island environmental reports issued by academic institutions and Federal, State and Local Governments.


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Long Island History Collection
Find information on Fire Island, Suffolk and Nassau Counties on Long Island, NY.


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Muriel Vanderbilt Collection
Find photos and memorabilia from William K. Vanderbilt’s granddaughter, Muriel Vanderbilt.


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National Dairy Research Laboratory Collection
Find photos and information about the Idle Hour Mansion tenant known as the National Dairy Research Laboratory.


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Nelson R Gidding Script Collection
Find manuscripts written by this Academy Award Nominee as well as scripts written by other authors.


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Oakdale, NY Collection
Find photographs, articles and memorabilia chronicling the development and inhabitants of the hamlet of Oakdale, NY located on the South Shore of Long Island in the Town of Islip, in Suffolk County, NY.


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Other People and Institutions at Idle Hour
Learn about the other occupants of the Idle Hour Mansion and Estate after the Vanderbilt family left the south shore of Long Island.


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Paul Townsend Collection
Find the personal papers and files of Long Island Business News owner/publisher Paul Townsend. Paul Townsend and his wife are the benefactors of The Paul and Terry Townsend School of Business at Dowling College.


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Peace Haven
One of many tenants of the Idle Hour Estate was the Royal Fraternity of Master Metaphysicians. This cult changed the name of the estate to Peace Haven and occupied it from 1938–1941.


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Roberts Estate - Pepperidge Hall Collection
Find photos and memorabilia about the Christopher Robert Estate, later known as Pepperidge Hall.


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Rare and Valuable Book Collection
Rare and Valuable Book Collection preserves, organizes, and services the most valuable, scarce, or most important materials from the Libraryís collections including signed copies and first editions.


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Southside Sportsmen’s Club
Find scrapbooks, photo albums, period newspaper articles and memorabilia from the South Side Sportsmenís Club.


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Special Collections Books
Find book collections in the Dowling College Library Special Collections. Many have a Long Island focus.


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Special Collections & Archives Digital Media
Find media and research tools created by the Library Faculty including: Maps, bibliographies, videos, timelines, podcasts, and more.


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Special Collections Periodicals
Find old print issues of journals and magazines of historic and local interest.


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Vanderbilt Family Historical Collection
Find all forms of publications, media, and artifacts from the W.K. Vanderbilt Family especially those related to their life at Idle Hour as well as the extended Vanderbilt family’s homes, yachts and social activities during the Gilded Age.


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