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"The Glen Cove Library has demonstrated an
to preserving its important local history collection. Over the years,
their own limited budget and staff time, the librarians have worked
to rehouse and make accessible this rare and important local history
Rebe Fishman, Conservator
New York State Conservation Consultancy
The History Collection of the Glen Cove Public Library
contains a variety of library and archival materials:books; periodical series; artifacts;
pamphlets; maps; microfilmed documents; records and manuscripts, and
of local newspapers.Almost all of the
items are related directly to Long Island
especially the history of Glen Cove
and its surrounding communities.
A descendant of one of the five original proprietors of the
community that was to become Glen Cove,
Robert R. Coles was an astronomer, historian, educator and major force
the development of the collection.Manuscripts
in the collection pre-date the founding of the
1668; photographs date from the mid-nineteenth century to the present,
microfilmed newspapers date from the 18th Century.
The Robert R. Coles LI History Collection is open to
researchers Monday afternoons, ,
no appointment necessary.While
the collection is open to the public during regular business hours,
file, microfilm of local newspapers and some books) access to most is
through appointment only, or during regular Monday hours.
For further information, please contact Antonia Petrash, or
Carol Stern at 676-2130.
Guide to Local History Collections:
1) *Map Collection
Collection consists largely of maps of Glen Cove and Town of Oyster
Bay. Other communities of Long Island are covered in various
2) *Photograph Collection
The collection includes photoprints, film negatives, glass plate
and postcards of people, places and events in Glen Cove and vicinity.
of the collection include:
Kohler Album Old Glen Cove Photo Albums Ladew Company Photographs Historical Society Collection James Santo Collection Rose Miller Collection Glen Cove Public Library Collection Sutter-Pembroke Collection Miscellaneous History Photo Collection
Finding aids are available for the collection. Copies
of photos are available at a cost.
3) History Pamphlet File
Organized by subject, contains clippings, documents and other materials
related to Long Island history.
Approximately 1000 cataloged volumes of historical works. These books
are cataloged in the library's on-line catalog,
and also in a card file in the History Room.
Mercury (1752 - 1768) New
Gazette and Weekly Mercury (1768 - 1783) Rivington's
York Gazette, The Royal Gazette(1773 - 1783)
6) *Documents, Manuscripts and Records
Materials in handwritten, typewritten and microfilm form relating to
Long Island History. Collections and important documents include:
Albertson Family papers (1693 - 1828) Andros Patent (1677) Jemima Baker Account Books (1833 - 1870) Boy Scout Troop #3, Glen Cove Records(1938 - 1944) Catholic Daughters of America, Court NotreDame No.
819, Westbury, New York,
Private papers of Margaret Connally (Connally School)
Isaac Coles Day books (1862 - 1895) Coles Family Papers (1751 - 1874) F. Trubee Davison Papers ( 1921 - 1931) Charles H. Eglee Diary (1831 - 1832) Glen Cove Club Records (1903 - 1908) Glen Cove Tri-Centennial Corporation Records (1967
- 1968) Joseph H. Ladew Papers (1880 - 1932) LaFarge Family Papers (1850 - 1972) Locust Valley Reformed Church Records (1871 - 1950) Matinecock (Tackapausha) Indian Deed (1685) Miscellaneous Local History Documents (1769 -1889) Musketa Cove Proprietors' Records (1668 - 1803) Protestant Reformed Dutch Church of Oyster Bay,Records
(1734 - 1911) Mary Rawlings Papers (1857 - 1868) School District No. 5, Town of Oyster Bay,Records
(1830, 1857) Peter Townsend Diary (1817) Peter L. VanSantvoord Local History Documents(1665
- 1967) Captain George Woolsey Account Book (1693 - 1770)
Journal of American History (1983 - ) Long Island Forum ( 1938 - ) Long Island
Forum Index Online Long Island Heritage ( 1981 - 1985) Long Island Historical Journal ( 1988 - ) Nassau County Historical Journal (1937 - 1962) Nassau County Historical Society journal (1962 - ) Theodore Roosevelt Association Journal ( 1986 - )
8) *Artifacts and Memorabilia
Objects relating to Glen Cove History. Items are kept in the History
Room, some on display.
*Starred items are available during regular hours, or by
appointment. Other items are available during regular