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Archives & Special Collections

Collections Overview

The CSI Archives & Special Collections collects, preserves, and makes available primary and secondary materials that document the history of Staten Island and the College of Staten Island. The following is an overview of collections held by the Archives & Special Collections; in-depth descriptions and abstracts of collections can be found in the descriptions of specific collections or in the Research Assistance section of the website.

Staten Island Political History

The CSI Archives & Special Collections holds the papers of officeholders and political organizations on Staten Island. Collections include: the papers of Senator John J. Marchi, Assemblyman Eric N. Vitaliano, and Assemblywoman Elizabeth A. Connelly. The Staten Island secession movement is thoroughly documented through the papers of New York state politicians, public hearing transcripts, and voter organizations.

Staten Island Environmental History

Materials document changes to the environment and the preservation efforts of individuals and groups. Current collections include: the Fresh Kills Landfill Collection, the Freshwater Wetlands Appeals Board Collection, the Bradford M. Greene Collection, the Protectors of Pine Oak Woods Collection, and the Waterfront Watch Collection.

Staten Island Authors

The CSI Archives & Special Collections also holds material documenting the literary culture on Staten Island. The collection includes the personal papers of mystery and children’s book author Theodora DuBois and journalist John Sampson, as well as signed first editions of works by authors associated with Staten Island, most notably Paul Zindel.

Local History

Printed materials in all formats (directories, pamphlets, broadsides, maps, and photographs) relevant to understanding the history of Staten Island are collected. The Archives & Special Collections also spearheaded an effort to collect and document the community response to the events of September 11, 2001. This collection includes speeches, photographs, ephemera, and newspaper clippings.

Willowbrook State School

The College of Staten Island collects material documenting 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, as well as secondary source materials that analyze the legal significance of the Willowbrook Consent Judgment and its role in the history of the group home movement.

College Archives

This material documents 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.