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Archives & Special Collections

Research Tools & Subject Guides

The intent of this web page is to introduce resources that may assist researchers in broadening their search for resources.

Staten Island Resources


Organizations & Historical Research Sites

The 178th New York Volunteer Infantry in the U.S. Civil War
City Hall Library
Municipal Archives
The Museum of the City of New York
New York Historical Society
New York History Net
Guide to Researching Historic Buildings in NYC (City of New York)
Staten Island Historical Society
Staten Island in Vintage Postcards (NYPL)
Staten Island Institute of Arts & Sciences / Staten Island Museum


Newspaper & Publication Indexes

Index of Richmond County Papers Available on Microfilm (NYS Library)
Index for the Staten Island Historian, 1938-2002


Staten Island Resources

Tottenville Historical Society
CSI-SIP Project (CSI-Staten Island Project)
Fresh Kills: Landfill to Landscape
InfoShare (Area Statistics - CSI-Affiliated Users Only)
NYCdata (Baruch College/CUNY)
Staten Island on the Web (NYPL)
U.S. Census Bureau: Quick Facts on Richmond County

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Tools for Primary Source Research

The American Memory Project (Library of Congress)

American Memory is a gateway to the Library of Congress’s vast resources of digitized American historical materials comprising more than 9 million items.

Finding New York City Documents (Columbia University)

This is a selective guide to resources at Columbia University Libraries and on the Internet, for locating the official publications and documents of New York City and its agencies.

The Making of America (Cornell University) The Making of America (University of Michigan)

The Making of America is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. It is a joint project of Cornell University and the University of Michigan. At this time, it appears that the contributions to the project from each university must be searched separately.

National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC) (RLG)

This catalog provides access to nearly 700,000 catalog records available in the Research Libraries Group (RLG) Union Catalog describing archival and manuscript collections and items in research libraries, museums, state archives, and historical societies located throughout North America and around the world.

New York State Newspaper Project (NYS Library)

This site has an index of the New York State newspapers available on microfilm. It includes information on where the film can be accessed for research purposes.

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Helpful Tutorials

Citation Guide

A guide on citing materials from manuscript collections.

Finding Aid Tutorial

A finding aid is the standard method used to describe the contents of a manuscript collection. This guide explains how to use the finding aid to find materials in a manuscript collection.

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Subject Guides


Subject Guides for Material at CSI

Staten Island History Books in the Collection: A Selective Annotated Bibliography

This guide provides an annotated bibliographical for several books on Staten Island History in our collections.

This guide provides detailed information on library holdings related to the Willowbrook State School.

9/11 Documentation Project

This serves as a guide to resources, found at CSI and other institutions, relating to Staten Island's response to the September 11th attacks.

Subject Guides for Material not held at CSI

Guide to Staten Island Research Materials at Other Institutions
Guide to Willowbrook State School Resources at Other Institutions

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