Finding Materials in Special Collections



Dowling College Author Collections



Gilded Age Collection



Historic Post Card Collection



Idle Hour Estate Collection

‘+The Idle Hour Estate Collection focuses on the history of the Idle Hour Mansion, its various incarnations, and its tenants



Peace Haven

National Dairy Research Laboratory Collection

The Idle Hour Artist Colony

Local History Collection

The Local History Collection focuses on the history of Oakdale and its immediate environ. The Collection also houses resources that support local history research that focuses on Suffolk County, Long Island and New York State.

Oakdale, NY

Bronco Charlie
Southside Sportsmen’s Club

Long Island Environment Collection

Grace Barstow Murphy Collection ?

Long Island History

Paul Townsend Collection
Books in Special Collections
Nelson R Gidding Script Collection

Periodicals in Special Collections

Rare and Valuable Book Collection
The Rare and Valuable Book Collection preserves, organizes, and services the most valuable, scarce, or most important materials from the Library’s collections. General guidelines for books to be considered “rare” have publication dates: pre-1840 for United States materials; pre-1800 for Great Britain materials; pre-1700 for other locations. Newer rare publications, signed copies and valuable first editions are also part of this Collection.

Vanderbilt Family Historical Collection

Muriel Vanderbilt Collection

Long Island South Shore History Collection:

Industries supported by the Great South Bay (Fishing, Oystering, Boat Building, Tourism)
Special Collections Location 46C: Requires appointment to use.

See Sayville, Islip and Great River Files and Memorabilia : Special Collections Location: 9B, 9C and 14D: Requires appointment to use.



Historic LI South Shore Hotels, Inns and Restaurants

Historic LI South Shore Hotels, Inns and Restaurants Files: Special Collections Location 9A: Requires appointment to use.
Great South Shore Estates Files and Memorabilia: Special Collections Location 9B, 12C: Requires appointment to use.

Long Island South Shore Local Families

Long Island South Shore Local Families Files and Memorabilia: Special Collections Locations: 10A and 12C: Requires appointment to use.



Materials about the Hurricane of 1938
Special Collections Location 41A+B: Requires appointment to use.

Oakdale Club

Oakdale Club Files: Special Collections Location 7A: Requires appointment to use.



Dutch Schultz (Arthur Flegenheimer)





Lavern Wittlock Collection