Finding Materials in Special Collections



Dowling College Author Collections

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









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.

Books about the Gilded Age
Special Collections Location 40 B-F: Requires appointment to use.



Gilded Age Architects and Artists Files
Special Collections Location 10D: Requires appointment to use.

Historic Post Card Collection

The collection contains historic postcards of Long Island, New York City, New York State, and assorted other States. Most of the subject matter in the collection documents the Gilded Age, the American country house movement, and life on the South Shore of Long Island.
Special Collections Location 47D: Requires appointment to use.

Idle Hour Estate Collection

The Idle Hour Estate Collection focuses on the history of the Idle Hour Mansion, its various incarnations, and its tenants (excluding the William K Vanderbilt Family and Dowling College). The Collection also houses resources and memorabilia from and about the land and various outbuildings of the Idle Hour Estate. Collection areas include:

Books about Idle Hour in the Catalog

The First Idle Hour Mansion

First Idle Hour Mansion Files: Special Collections Location 7B: Requires appointment to use.





The Second Idle Hour Mansion

Second Idle Hour Mansion Files and Memorabilia: Special Collections Locations: 7B, 13A, 13C, 13D: Requires appointment to use.





Idle Hour Estate Workers

Idle Hour Estate Workers Files: Special Collections Location 9D: Requires appointment to use.



Idle Hour Estate Outbuildings

Idle Hour Estate Outbuilding Files: Special Collections Location 7B: Requires appointment to use.







Royal Fraternity of Master Metaphysicians: James Schafer m.m., Peace Haven, and “Baby Jean”

Royal Fraternity of Master Metaphysicians: James Schafer m.m., Peace Haven, and “Baby Jean” Files and Memorabilia: Special Collections Locations: 7A and 12A: Requires appointment to use.





Oakdale Club

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



Dutch Schultz (Arthur Flegenheimer)





National Dairy Research Laboratory

National Dairy Research Laboratory Files: Special Collections Location 7A: Requires appointment to use.



The Idle Hour Artist Colony

Idle Hour Artist Colony Files: Special Collections Location 8C: Requires appointment to use.





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 History:

Bronco Charlie

Books about Bronco Charlie
Special Collections Location 40A: Requires appointment to use.



Bronco Charlie Files: Special Collections Location 10A: Requires appointment to use.



Bronco Charlie Collection Finding Aid
Special Collections Location 47B+C: Requires appointment to use.



Books about Oakdale, NY

Oakdale Places and Estates

Oakdale Places and Estates Files and Memorabilia: Special Collections Locations: 10B, 10C, 12C, 12D, and 13A: Requires appointment to use.



Idle Hour Community files: Special Collections Location 7a: Requires appointment to use.



Lavern Wittlock Collection

Southside Sportsmen’s Club

The Southside Sportsmen’s Club Files: Special Collections Location 10C: Requires appointment to use.





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.



This collection contains historic Long Island environmental reports issued by academic institutions and Federal, State and Local Governments.
Special Collections Location 48: Requires appointment to use.

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

Long Island History:

Books about Fire Island
Special Collections Location 41C: Requires appointment to use.



Fire Island Memorabilia: Special Collections Location: 12B: Requires appointment to use.

Books about Islip Town
Special Collections Location 34C: Requires appointment to use.



Islip Town: Special Collections Location: 12B: Requires appointment to use.

Books about Long Island Aviation History
Special Collections Location 41G: Requires appointment to use.



Long Island Business News in the Catalog (see collection listed below)
Special Collections Location 54 - 57: Requires appointment to use.



Historic Long Island Transportation

Historic Long Island Transportation Files: Special Collections Location 10D: Requires appointment to use.



Books about Long Island Architecture (Including mansions)
Special Collections Location 41F: Requires appointment to use.



Materials about Long Island Psychiatric Hospitals
Special Collections Location 36B: Requires appointment to use.







Proceedings of the Board of Supervisors of Suffolk County Also known as the Proceedings of the County Legislature of Suffolk County, NY
Location: Second Floor Reference

New York History





Paul Townsend Collection


The Paul Townsend Collection preserves and organizes the personal papers/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.

Long Island Business News in the Catalog
Special Collections Location 54 −57: Requires appointment to use.





Paul Townsend Collection Finding Aid
Special Collections Locations 1–6, 7C. 7D, 29 B,C: Requires appointment to use.



Miscellaneous Book Collections


African American History
African Americans on Long Island: Special Collections Location 40A: Requires appointment to use.



Bowie Knife Collection
Special Collections Location 59F: Requires appointment to use.



Francis Grant Schleicher Civil War Collection First hand accounts of the American Civil War - many are autobiographies and biographies of Civil War Generals - donated by Francis Grant Schleicher.
Special Collections Locations 58 - 59: Requires appointment to use.





Pony Express
Special Collections Location 41A: Requires appointment to use.



Roosevelt Books Books authored by, and written about, the Roosevelt family.
Special Collections Locations 32F + 36D: Requires appointment to use.



Nelson R Gidding Script Collection

The Dowling College Library Nelson R. Gidding Script Collection contains manuscripts written by Academy Award Nominee, Nelson R Gidding. In addition, the collection includes scripts written by other authors that were in the private collection of Nelson R. Gidding at the time of his death.

Nelson R Gidding Script Collection Finding Aid:
Attach:NelsonRGiddingScriptCollection.pdf
Special Collections Location 53: Requires appointment to use.







Periodicals in Special Collections

Fortune
Location: Second Floor Reference



Harper’s New Monthly Magazine
Location: Second Floor Reference



Long Island Business News
Special Collections Locations 54 −57: Requires appointment to use.



Long Island Forum
Special Collections Location 42D: Requires appointment to use.
Long Island Forum Index provided by Patchogue Medford Public Library.



Long Island Historical Journal
Special Collections Location 42C: Requires appointment to use.


The Long Island Historical Journal is indexed by PERSI - PERSI is not avaialable at Dowling College.




The Long Island History Journal is a peer-reviewed academic online publication, published by the Center for Global & Local History at Stony Brook University. It continues the Long Island Historical Journal.



New York State Historical Association
Special Collections Location 42G: Requires appointment to use.



New York History
Special Collections Locations 42 A+B: Requires appointment to use.


New York History is indexed for each volume at the end of that volume. There is NO general index. Table of Contents Information 2007 - Present



The Stage
Location: Second Floor Reference





Theatre Magazine
Location: Second Floor Reference



The Theatre
Location: Second Floor Reference



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

The Vanderbilt Family Historical Collection is an extensive collection that comprises all forms of publications, media, and artifacts from the W.K. Vanderbilt Family especially those related to their life at Idle Hour. The Collection also houses resources that support research into the Vanderbilts, their homes, their yachts and social activities during the Gilded Age. The Vanderbilt Collection has an exhaustive collection of photographs and clippings documenting the lives of the extended Vanderbilt family. Collection areas include:

William K Vanderbilt Family Files and Memorabilia: Special Collections Locations: 8A, 13 B, and 13C: Requires appointment to use.

Extended Vanderbilt Family Files: Special Collections Location 8B: Requires appointment to use.

Vanderbilt Family Estates, Yachts and Vanderbilt University Files: Special Collections Location 8D: Requires appointment to use.

Vanderbilt Cup Races and the Long Island Motor Parkway
Special Collections Locations: 10D, 40A: Requires appointment to use.

Vanderbilt Books Books authored by and written about the Vanderbilt family.
Special Collections Location 45: Requires appointment to use.



Muriel Vanderbilt Collection Finding Aid

Muriel Vanderbilt Collection: Special Collections Locations: 8B, 14A, 14B, 14C: Requires appointment to use.