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Archives & Special Collections


New York State Senator John J. Marchi donated his papers, documenting his half-century career, to the College of Staten Island in 1999. This donation led to the creation of Archives & Special Collections within the Department of the Library. Archives & Special Collections officially opened in October 2000.

Mission Statement

In support of the College of Staten Island’s goal to support teaching, faculty and student research, the Archives & Special Collections unit of the CSI Library collects, preserves, and makes available to researchers primary and secondary materials that document the history of the College of Staten Island and of Staten Island.

  • The Archives’ focus is on what is nationally significant about the College (and its predecessor institutions...Staten Island Community College  and Richmond College). As an adjunct to institutional history, we collect the papers of alumni and faculty members which are historically significant.
  • The Special Collections concentrates on the history of Staten Island political culture and public policy discourse, especially in the period since consolidation with New York City in 1898.

In addition to building a collection of primary and secondary source materials and providing research access, the unit has a strong commitment to further the College’s goal to foster and enhance faculty commitment to effective teaching and learning.

  • Students are trained to use primary source materials in one-on-one instruction and and through classroom activities.
  • The unit partners with faculty members to create assignments using primary source materials and to tailor presentations to specific classes.
  • Interns from CSI and area library and history graduate school programs learn the philosophy and methods of archival practice through readings, discussions, and supervised work projects.

Consistent with the College’s goal to extend the benefits of CSI to the larger community, the unit maintains ties to organizations and individuals on Staten Island and throughout the metropolitan area.

  • Through cooperative projects with other Staten Island historical repositories we share knowledge and technology to promote preservation and access to Staten Island materials.
  • Each semester we offer programs, including lectures and round table discussions.
  • Through exhibitions we highlight collection materials and share Staten Island research.