AN OVERVIEW OF OUR COLLECTIONS
Staten Island Authors
The collection includes authors that have a long association with Staten Island and have set at least some of their works on Staten Island. Current collections and initiatives include: Theodora DuBois, John Sampson, and Paul Zindel.
Staten Island Community Organizations
Groups concerned with development, politics, transportation, and environmental issues, are of particular interest, however purely social groups that reflect distinctive aspects of life on Staten Island are also collected. Current collections and initiatives include: the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Staten Island Records.
Staten Island Environmental History
Materials document changes to the environment and the preservation efforts of individuals and groups. Current collections and initiatives include: the Fresh Kills Landfill Collection and the Waterfront Watch Collection.
Staten Island History
An attempt is made to collect comprehensively printed materials in all formats (directories, pamphlets, broadsides, maps, and photographs) relevant to understanding the history of Staten Island.
Staten Island Political History
The papers of officeholders and organizations at all levels who have contributed significantly to public life on Staten Island are sought. Current collections and initiatives include: the Senator John J. Marchi Papers, the Staten Island: Vote Yes Inc. Collection, and the Charter Commission Public Hearing Transcripts Collection.
Willowbrook State School
Although the detailed administrative history of the school is considered the responsibility of the New York State Archives, CSI collects material to document the history of the Willowbrook site prior to and during its use as a state school, the experiences of the school residents and staff, and the activities of parents and caregivers who brought about the closing of the school, and materials documenting the legal significance of the Willowbrook Consent Decree and its role in the history of the group home movement. Current collections and initiatives include: the Willowbrook State School News Clipping Collection, and the Bernard Carabello Collection.
In general, materials document the history of the College and its predecessors (Richmond College and the Staten Island Community College). The focus is on the nationally noteworthy aspects of the College’s past and of the activities of its faculty and students. Current collections and initiatives include: The CSI Women’s Studies Program and the merger of Richmond College and the Staten Island Community College.
Selections from Our Image Collections
There is a searchable database of selections from photographs available in our collections.
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