October is American Archives Month!: Where in the World is Lily?

Registration opens October 1 • Register online for HMA941
Registration is required to receive Zoom sign-in via email.

Where in the World is Lily?

How well do you know your library? The marble sculpture that sits in our Main lobby was donated to the library by Julia DeForest in 1897. Follow “Lily” around the library and identify locations that are part of the library’s history in the Village. You will receive a link upon registration. Each submission will be entered into a raffle, one per person. Three prizes will be awarded on Friday, October 30. Winners will be notified by email or phone. Contact Teresa Schwind for further information by email .    Registration required. Huntington cardholders only.


Register using Code HMA941


Digital Sanborn® Maps (1867-1970)
Digital Sanborn Maps can be accessed from home during the quarantine period. Please email for library login information.

Digital Sanborn® Maps (1867-1970) delivers detailed property and land-use records that depict the grid of everyday life in more than 12,000 U.S. towns and cities across a century of change.

Sanborn® fire insurance maps are the most frequently consulted maps in libraries. Founded in 1867 by D. A. Sanborn, the Sanborn Map Company was the primary American publisher of fire insurance maps for nearly 100 years, repeatedly mapping towns and cities as they changed.

The maps provide a wealth of information, such as building outline, size and shape, windows and doors, street and sidewalk widths, boundaries, and property numbers. Plans often include details on construction materials and building use; and also depict pipelines, railroads, wells, water mains, dumps, and other features likely to affect the property's vulnerability to earthquake, fire, and flood.

history reference center
History Reference Center is the world's most extensive full-text history reference database, featuring full text for more than 1,990 reference books, encyclopedias, and non-fiction books. This content comes from leading history publishers such as Branden Publishing, Compass Point Books, Houghton Mifflin, Lerner Publishing Group, Mason Crest Publishers, Morgan Reynolds Inc., Oliver Press, Oxford University Press, Rourke Publishing LLC, Salem Press, Stackpole Books, and Toucan Valley Publications.  History Reference Center also includes full text for 150 leading history periodicals, including America's Civil War, American Historical Review, American History, Archaeology, British Heritage, Canada’s History, Civil War Times, Heritage New Zealand, Military History, Teaching History, African Studies Quarterly, Ancient Egypt Magazine, American Indian Quarterly, Australian Historical Studies, Chinese Studies in History, Early Medieval Europe, Family & Community History, and many more!


Excerpts from our Oral History Project of Station memories...

Carol Dilworth “We read the Bobbsey Twins, The Long Islander and The Brooklyn Daily Eagle and fairy tales, I loved fairy tales! I remember the train when it was a steam engine. That was thrilling…and in the summer with the windows open, you’d get a little soot once in a while.” (1920-30’s)

Paul Johnson “I enjoyed reading Jet and Liberty magazine…and the Amsterdam News. I can remember on Saturdays, they used to have serials at the movies in the Station and we would pay 15 cents to go in.” (1940-50’s)

Carol Cerrato “There was a soda shop in the Station, we use to call it The Greasy Spoon. That wasn’t its real name but we called it that. It was right across from the train station…I remember the summer reading program, that was a big event! After so many books, you got a prize!” (1950-60’s)

Interested in having your memories recorded? Contact Teresa Schwind at 427-5165 ext. 202.


Our Mary Talmage Local History Room houses a collection of materials consisting of photographs, postcards, scrapbooks, maps, newspaper clippings, oral histories, and many unique items that were originally housed in the Soldier's and Sailor's Memorial Building, and moved to our present location at 338 Main Street.

Room Hours:

Our Local History Room, located on the second floor of the Main Building has new hours! A librarian will be available to answer your genealogy and history related questions or you are invited to just browse the collection: To make individual appointments or for more information, contact Teresa Schwind at 631–427-5165 x 202 or by email: .


This Month's Featured Databases

Fold3Fold3 features premier collections of original military records. These records include the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served in the military. Many of records come the U.S. National Archives, The National Archives of U.K. and many others.


HeritageQuestHeritageQuest Online provides genealogical and historical sources for more than 60 countries, with coverage dating back as early as the 1700s.


History Reference CenterHistory Reference Center is the world's most extensive full-text history reference database, featuring full text for reference books, encyclopedias, non-fiction books, periodicals and many other historical sources from leading history publishers.



Suffolk County Topic Guides:  Genealogy: Getting Started


New to Our Collection

On loan from Teresa Schwind we present this handcarved, 19th century, gold leaf, eagle that was most likely used on or in government buildings such as the post office.





Genealogy News

FamilySearch is now offering users to register for a free account. FamilySearch is a genealogy organization operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was previously known as the Genealogical Society of Utah and is the largest genealogy organization in the world.   https://www.familysearch.org.


Long Island Memories

Huntington Public Library is proud to participate in the Long Island Memories Project, a Long Island Library Resources (LILRC) Regional Digitization Program to develop a regional digital collection built collaboratively by regional institutions that will:

  • Ensure public access to the rich regional resources of Long Island.
  • Promote the economic and efficient delivery of digital resources to the people of Long Island.
  • Contribute to the State and National effort to develop digital libraries and museums.
  • Encourage the use of digital resources to meet the New York State education standards.



Highlights of our Collection

Interior of Soldiers and Sailors Building


  • A Sermon Preached at Brook-haven, on Long Island, June 15th, 1758, previous to the Ordination of The Rev. Mr. Abner Brush, published 1758
  • A Sketch of the First Settlement of the Several Towns on Long Island by Silas Wood, 1826
  • New York City Directories: 1786, 1811, 1863, 1873
  • Huntington Phonebooks (1978-present)


  • Original Walt Whitman Correspondence
  • Historic Documents and Letters: Wills, Deeds and Correspondence relating to Ketcham, Lloyd and Wood families (1704-1914)

School District:

  • Huntington School District High School Yearbooks (1930-present)
  • The Scribe, Huntington High School, vol. 1, no. 1, December 1904
  • The Question Mark, Huntington High School, Feb 1935 - June 1936
  • Census Records (1920-1924)


  • Ketcham
  • Brush
  • Bowers
  • Lloyd
  • Frost
  • Sammis
  • Wickes
  • Skidmore
  • Scudder
  • and more...

Historic Newspapers:
Portico (Huntington Newspaper) - (1826-1827)
  • Harper's Magazine (1850-1944)
  • Harpers Weekly (1857-1864)
  • National Enquirer (1827)

  • Long Island Forum (1939-2004)
  • Long Island Historical Journal (1988-2008)
  • Huntington Historical Society Quarterly (1961-1986)
  • Suffolk County Historical Society Register (1978-2002)
  • New York History (1960-2001)
  • New England Historical and Genealogical Register (1859-2004)
  • New York Genealogical and Biographical Record (1872-present)



English French Spanish

The Huntingtonian Digital Archive
is Now Available:
1930 to 1955

The Huntingtonian Archive
HeritageQuest Online
Ancestry Library Edition

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