Town of Huntington History Partnership
Join the Library in Huntington Independence Day!

Town of Huntington History Partnership

Join the Library in Huntington Independence Day! Celebrate the anniversary of when the Declaration of Independence was announced in Huntington! Throughout July, join the Walt Whitman Birthplace, The Whaling Museum, Huntington Historical Society, Preservation Long Island, the Huntington Militia, and the Northport Historical Society for special programming, talks, demonstrations, and crafts at local historical organizations for all ages. Enjoy seeing original materials published during the American Revolution at our library by calling Teresa Schwind at 631-427-5165 ext. 202. For a full schedule of programs and events, please go to:



Huntington: Documenting the Pandemic

Documenting the Pandemic

Huntington Public Library is pleased to announce, Huntington: Documenting the Pandemic, a new archive project established to collect, preserve, and make available the daily life and activities of living in Huntington during this unprecedented moment in history.

The entire Huntington community is encouraged to contribute to the archive to ensure an inclusive record of the experience for future generations of researchers. Interviews, first-hand accounts, flyers, photographs, and more will be important sources to consult in the future to study, interpret, and derive meaning from this once in a lifetime event. For more information, please contact Teresa Schwind at 631-427-5165 ext. 202 or .


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)


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


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.


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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