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– Photographs, a scrapbook, and artifacts relating to the life of Willard Baker (d.1996) and to his interest in aviation. 1 box; ca. 1930-1995.
Beacon Hill Residents Association
– Founded in Port Washington, New York in 1919 with 8 members, the Association is dedicated to “the upkeep and physical betterment of Beacon Hill as a residential community.” Includes by-laws, agendas, minutes, notes on zoning, membership lists, correspondence, newsletters, maps, committee proceedings, and proposed budgets. 3 boxes; 1926-1973.
Cocks Family – Photographs, slides, personal papers, news clippings, and memorabilia documenting various aspects of the Cocks, Hults and Sands families of Port Washington, New York. 6 boxes; ca. 1859-1982.
– View selected photographs from the Cocks Family Papers on Flickr
Connern, James J.
– Correspondence, clippings and photographs documenting many of James Connern’s (1913-2005) activities in Port Washington. Connern worked for the National Bank of North Americal for 33 years and was active in numerous community activites in Port Washington. He served as the mayor of Manorhaven (1956-1958) and as Commissioner of the Port washington Water District from 1972 to 1975. 3 boxes; 1929-1960.
– The Club was founded in 1915 with 25 members, to “bring its members into close friendship, … [and] for the interchange of information.” Includes correspondence, minutes, membership lists, financial records, dinner menus, and mementos. 2 boxes; 1916 – 1977.
Daughters of America (Sterling Council, Branch 113)
– Records of the Sterling Council, Branch 113 of the Daughters of America in Port Washington, New York. Includes a book of meeting minutes, miscellaneous membership and enrollment records, printed booklets from the state and national organization, postcards of the National Home of the Daughters of America in Tiffin, Ohio, and a membership pin belonging to Edith McQuillin. 1 box; ca.1924 – 1939.
– Documents and books from the Dodge family of Port Washington, New York, including genealogies, prayers and songs, agreements relating to goods, land and slaves, tax bills, cloth-weaving diagrams, samples of woven cloth, local property maps and sketches of boundaries, and copies of newspapers. Books include works on agriculture, music, education, religion, etiquette and travel. 6 boxes; 1720 – 1975.
Floherty, John J
– Hand-written and typed manuscripts by the author, John J. Floherty (1882-1964), who was a resident of Port Washington, New York for over 50 years. Also includes several photographs of Floherty. 2 boxes; ca. 1890-1962.
– Fontaine Talbot Fox (1884-1964) was a cartoonist whose “Toonerville Trolley” was syndicated in over 200 newspapers. Collection includes a color cardboard cut-out of Toonerville Town distributed by Coca Cola, and an unidentified photo of a trolley. 1 box; ca. 1930’s.
– The papers include genealogical materials, memoirs, and reproductions of photos and documents relating to the history of the Fraser family in England and America. Alfred Fraser (1840-1915) was the first member of the family to be connected with Port Washington. 2 boxes; ca. 1840-2002.
Free Church of Manhasset
– Record book of the Church, founded in 1859 in Port Washington, including its by-laws and constitution, and lists of officers, committees and trustees. Family names include Burtis, Dodge, Hegeman, Hicks, Hyde, Mackey, Mitchell, Mott, Onderdonk, and Willets. 1 box; ca.1859-1882.
-Photographs, copies of illustrations, and a few personal items pertaining to William Galloway, a policeman, artist, and resident of Port Washington, New York. 1 box; ca. 1930’s-1940’s.
General Council of Homeowner Associations of Port Washington
– Records pertaining to the activities of the General Council of Homeowner Associations of Port Washington, New York. The records include meeting minutes and agendas, correspondence, budgets and other official documents distributed by special taxing districts, reports and studies prepared and disseminated by the organization, and news clippings pertaining to the Council’s activities. 8 boxes; 1989-2003.
– The collection includes a memorial tribute book and a video biography of Horace Hagedorn (1915-2005) who was a resident of Sands Point, New York. Hagedorn, advertising executive, business man, and philanthropist, was best known as the master mind behind the success of Miracle Gro fertilizer and related products. 1 box; 2004-2005.
– Local resident Hahn’s photographs, negatives, and contact sheets of West Shore Road and the sand mines in Port Washington, New York. 1 binder; 1979;1983.
Harrington, Edward F.
– The Edward F. Harrington Papers include photographs, documents and artifacts relating to this long-time Port Washington resident’s career as a pilot. 1 box; ca. 1930-1995.
– Papers, photographs and memorabilia of the Hewlett family, including deeds, correspondence, account books, business records, maps, postcards, recipe books, advertising catalogs, and daybooks. 26 reels of microfilm; 1685 – 1916 (bulk dates 1810-1860).
Hopkins, Edwin A. and Mary Hopper
– Correspondence, account books, diaries, financial papers and legal documents relating to the Hopkins family of Glen Cove, New York, and the Hopper family of Philadelphia and New York. The collection also includes an 1881 Hopkins Family Geneaology. 6 boxes; 1735-1963.
Indence and Tassa Family Papers
– Family documents, photographs, and several artifacts from the Indence and Tassa families of Port Washington, New York. 2 boxes; 1890-1984.
– Johnson (1877-1963) was an author, humorist and educator. The collection consists of papers, ephemera and artifacts related to his years in Port Washington, New York, and includes his uniform and ribbon from the Atlantic Hook and Ladder Company. 2 boxes; 1904-1963.
Knickerbocker Yacht Club
-Records and memorabilia of the Knickerbocker Yacht Club including ledgers, meeting minutes, photographs, books and artifacts relating to the history of the Knickerbocker Yacht Club and its club members. 10 boxes; 1874-2009.
Landis, Henry K.
Landis, who was the editor of the local publication “Plain Talk”, returned to his Lancaster, Pennsylvania birth place in 1914, after several years in Port Washington. This collection consists of photocopies of the the originals in the Landis Valley Museum. It includes images of Port Washington, a log a of a North Shore saiboating trip made by Landis, John Witmer, Jr. and John Witmer, Sr., and a letter written by John Witmer, Jr. to Landis in 1955, describing changes in Port Washington and giving news of mutual friends. 1 box; ca. 1903-1955.
– Images of St. Peter of Alcantara students from 1971-1975, and group shots from Weber Junior High School and Schreiber High School from 1988-1990. Photos by Peter Larmour who taught in Port schools for many years. 1 box & 2 discs; ca. 1971-1996.
Latino/Latina Archives Project
– Records of a community project to document the Latino/Latina community of Port Washington, New York. Includes administrative records as well as the records of programs, community organizations, and families which form part of the Hispanic Community. 14 boxes; 1948-2006.
League of Women Voters of Port Washington/Manhasset
– Records include minutes of Board and general meetings, chapter newsletters, program information, printed matter, and one photograph. 1 box; 1957-1996.
– Papers of William C. Leiber, Sr. (1870-1935) and William C. Leiber, Jr. (1908-1987), consisting primarily of family photographs. Also includes many photographs of the Port Washington, New York waterfront, boating and model boats, diaries, memorabilia, nautical trophies, and over 300 post cards. 5 boxes; ca. 1904-1956.
– View the Leiber Family Photograph Collection on Flickr
Lewis Oil Company
– Sixteen images from the covers of calendars printed by the Lewis Oil Co. of Port Washington, New York. The images depict local historic buildings, and scenes of Port Washington and surrounding areas.
– Approximately 1000 items relating to Lewis, onetime Port Washington resident and the first American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Included are novels, letters, manuscripts, photographs, clippings, scrapbooks, artifacts, periodicals and pamphlets. Inclusive dates: 1907 – 1951. For more information about the Sinclair Lewis Collection please contact the Local History Center, (516) 883-4400, ext. 168
Long Island Rail Road
– Ledger recording the daily ticket sales at the Long Island Rail Road station in Port Washington, New York. 1 volume; 1898-1900.
Louis J. Larsen, Inc.
– Records of the sail making company of Port Washington, New York, including correspondence, patent applications, blueprints, financial data, and a notebook of sail specifications and costs. 1 box; 1875-1975.
Mackey, James M.
– Receipts and accounts belonging to James Mackey of Long Island, New York. The receipts are for goods including foods, household items, dry goods, lumber, school tuition and supplies, and cash exchanges. 1 box; 1817-1851.
– Maps of Port Washington and surrounding areas, including hand-drawn and printed maps, and atlases. 5 boxes; Map Case folders; c.1745-1991.
– Thirty-seven photographs including scenes of Port Washington, New York. Waterfront scenes, churches, shops, parades, and the Junior Legion Corps of the American Legion are among the Port Washington images. 1 box; ca. 1910-1990.
Martus, Virginia Marshall
– Virginia Martus was born and raised in Port Washington, New York. Her father, Raymond E. Marshall was the founder and owner of A & R Marshall, Inc., a marine service and supply business. The collection includes correspondence, photographs, post cards, clippings and artifacts relating to the history of Port Washington, nautical history, A & R. Marshall, and the work of Virginia Martus. 9 boxes; ca. 1889-2006.
– View the Virginia Marshall Martus Collection on New York Heritage
– Approximately 20,000 images (glass and safety negatives, with some prints) from the Mason Studio in Port Washington, New York. Includes portraits of individuals, families and groups, as well as photos of weddings, graduations, communions, parties, local scenes, houses, buildings, land, businesses and restaurants. 32 boxes; ca 1920 – 1975.
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– Approximately 500 images of Port Washington, New York from the Mason Studio. These are copy prints made from the copy negatives donated by Hugh Malone. Images include churches, fire departments, hotels, people, schools, street scenes, post cards, and the waterfront. 3 binders and 1 box; ca. 1881-1971.
McKee Store Accounts and Family Papers
– Account records for the McKee store in Port Washington, New York (1894-1915) and information on the McKee family history. TheMcKee family had a store in Port Washington until 1940. 2 boxes; ca. 1870s – 1940s.
– Materials pertaining to the career of jazz musician Marian McPartland (1918-2013). Includes a program, catalog, posters and photographs of McPartland.
– Three handwritten account books documenting two 19th century businesses in Port Washington, New York.Two books were kept by a local weaver, John McQueen, and the other by a local shoemaker, George Remsen. Includes a group of news clippings and loose papers. 1 box; 1806 – 1852.
Meissner, Michael and Sarah Ann
– Deeds, mortgages, indentures, and other legal documents of Michael and Sarah Ann Meissner, and others, primarily concerning land in the Town of North Hempstead (Port Washington), New York. Also contains a Civil War letter from D.S. Johnston concerning camp life. 1 box; 1852-1907.
Merriman Park/Committee to Preserve Recreational Space in Port Washington
– Correspondence, memos, petitions, blueprints, slides, and printed matter documenting community efforts to create a local park at the the site of the Merriman School in Port Washington, New York. 4 boxes and 1 oversized folder; 1927-1980.
Miscellaneous Collections A-Z
– Miscellaneous files are comprised of original documents, printed matter and photographs relating to the history of Port Washington, New York. Subjects and individuals include: African-Americans; Aviation; Albert R. Beatty; Myron Blumenfeld, Boy Scouts; Covert family; Fire Department; Churches; Gardner Marine; Dill Jones; Military; Emily Ullman. 4 boxes; ca.1750-2006.
Monfort, Burtis H.
– 53 images of Monfort family members and friends, and a few scenes of Port Washington homes. These were copied from the Burtis H. Monfort’s family photographs. 1 box; ca. 1875 – 1925.
Music Study Club of Port Washington
– The Music Study Club, founded in 1919, remains a vibrant cultural component of the Port Washington community. The records include minutes, reports, programs, photographs, and clippings documenting the history of the Club and its activities. 4 boxes, 1921-.
Nautical – Books
– This collection was donated by the Nautical Advisory Committee of the Port Washington Public Library. The collection, which spans the years 1883-2005, includes monographs, periodicals, and yacht club yearbooks. Subjects cover maritime history, yachting, boating, boat design, and ship building. Of local interest are works on the Long Island Sound, and histories of the local yacht clubs.
Nautical – Miscellaneous
– These collections are comprised of original documents, printed matter and photographs relating to the nautical history of Port Washington, New York and surrounding areas. Subjects and individuals include: Clam boats; Fall River Line Pottery; Nathaniel Herreshoff; Manhasset Bay Yacht Club; Purdy Boat Company; and Victor A. Romagna. 3 boxes and 1 volume; ca. 1923-2003.
Photographs, personal and legal papers, manuscripts, memorabilia, and correspondence relating to William Navin and his family.
North Hempstead Library Association
– This lending library was begun in 1791 by a group of area landowners, who contributed dues to purchase books, which were kept at the home of Dr. Samuel Mitchell. The collection consists of two record books documenting the regulations of the association, minutes, accounts, lists of books, names of subscribers, and expenditures.1 box; 1791-1895.
– The collection is comprised primarily of photographs and glass negatives with prints. Images include the William and Anna Olandt family home at 15 North Maryland Avenue in Port Washington, New York, family members, friends and neighbors, and local firefighters from the Flower Hill Hose Company. Also included are the records of the Epworth League of the First Methodist Episcopal Church in which Mrs. Olandt was active. 2 boxes; ca.1906-1935.
–View the Olandt Family Photograph Collection on Flickr
Petersen, Oscar G.
– Two scrapbooks compiled by Oscar G. Petersen (d.1994) of Port Washington, New York. Includes a scrapbook of articles and photos on local aviation history. The second scrapbook contains photographs and newspapers clippings about Oscar Petersen, and documents pertaining to his father, Peter Petersen. 2 volumes; 1912-1963.
Photography Club of Long Island
– The first meeting of the organization, originally called the Port Washington Camera Club, was held on January 30th 1975. The collection includes correspondence, newsletters, publicity, clippings, exhibition programs and related material documenting the club’s history and activities. 3 boxes; 1975-2008.
Plain Talk (1911-1914) was a local Port Washington bi-weekly magazine edited by Henry K. Landis. It provides information about businesses, civic life, and social events.
Click here to view Plain Talk online. The Library thanks Peter J. Zwerlein for digitizing these issues.
Play Troupe of Port Washington
– The records of the community theatre founded in 1927 in Port Washington, New York. Includes correspondence, scrapbooks, production files, clippings, photographs, slides, scripts, budgets and programs. 10 boxes; ca. 1927 – 2002.
Players Club of Port Washington
– Photographs, posters and printed matter documenting the productions of the Players Club of Port Washington, New York. 1 box and 1 oversized poster; ca. 1927-1929.
– Photographs, clippings, reports, posters, and programs documenting the work of this community theatre/choral group, founded in 1945. 4 boxes; 1946-1995.
Port Washington Community Concert Association
– Programs and publicity material pertaining to the Port Washington Community Concert Association, established in 1956 as a local chapter of the national organization, Community Concerts, Inc. 1 box; ca. 1956-1964.
Port Washington Home Guard
– Membership applications and clippings relating to the Port Washington, New York Home Guard, a voluntary organization founded to protect the home front during World War I. 1 box; 1917.
Port Washington Landfill Citizens Advisory Committee
– Records of the Port Washington Landfill Citizens Advisory Committee including correspondence, minutes, reports, landfill monitoring data, printed matter, and photographs reflecting the work of the committee. 5 boxes and 1 oversized folder, 1983-2004.
Port Washington Newspaper and Clipping Collection
– A collection of news items relating to the history of Port Washington, New York. The collection includes photocopies of articles about Port Washington from the Brooklyn Eagle (1898-1951). It also includes newspapers and clippings which cover major events in Port Washington’s history such as the 1938 hurricane and the building of the WEAF transmitter in 1940. 2 boxes and 1 oversized folder; 1863-1978.
Port Washington North Collection
– Correspondence, clippings, photographs, and ephemera primarily related to the 50th Anniversary of the incorporation of the village of Port Washington North in 1982. 1 box; ca. 1959-1983.
Port Washington Photographs – Miscellaneous
– Photographs documenting various aspects of life in Port Washington. Includes buildings, schools, street scenes, waterfront, and other local images and events. List available in the Local History Center. 4 albums, 1 box, 1 oversize box; ca. 1890-2003.
Port Washington Police Department
– Includes photographs of officers and parades, correspondence, printed matter, awards,annual reports, and a thank-you note from J. Edgar Hoover to Police Chief James Salerno. 2 boxes; 1939-1987.
Port Washington Postcards
– Over 250 postcards of Port Washington views, streets and buildings, including Baxter Estates and Homestead, Central Hotel, Chicken Point Club, Cove Inn, Custom House, Execution Lighthouse, First Baptist Church, Hempstead House, Hotel Victoria, the Mill Pond, Plandome Mill, Railroad Station, Shore Road, Town Dock, Webster Avenue, etc. 1 box; ca. 1900 – 1960.
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Port Washington Post Office
– Primarily photographs documenting the construction of the Post Office at Main Street and Beacon Hill Road in 1935, and its later addition which was dedicated in 1965. Includes views of Main Street, businesses, automobiles and the Monfort Farm in the background. Also includes dedication programs, a 1947 photograph of an air mail helicopter delivery, and 2 clippings. 1 binder; 1935-1970.
Port Washington Postmaster’s Account Books
– Five account books kept by the postmaster at Port Washington, New York. Categories of accounts include daily sales of stamps, receipts and disbursements, unclaimed matter, and postal inventory. 1 box; 1901-1907.
Port Washington Public Library
– The Port Washington Public Library was founded as a cooperative book club in 1892 by the Port Washington Woman’s Club. The records include accession books, annual reports, ledgers, budget information, minutes, correspondence, circulation statistics, alphabetical files, clippings, photographs, printed matter and artifacts pertaining to the history of the library. 33 boxes and 9 volumes; ca. 1892-2005.
Port Washington Schools– Includes school budgets, registers of attendance, lesson plan books, a handwritten school census, minutes, miscellaneous reports and newsletters, photographs of students, teachers and classroom interiors. 15 boxes; 1868-2008.
Port Washington Symphony Orchestra
– Posters and recordings of the Port Washington Symphony Orchestra (formerly known as the Port Washington Community Orchestra). Founded in the 1950’s, the orchestra performed at the Port Washington High School. 7 posters and 13 record albums; 1952-1958.
Port Washington Telephone Directories
– Collection includes business, residential, and reverse directories for some years. 1924-1956.
Reid, Helen Wicks
– Approximately 180 photographs (1 album and a folder of loose photos) documenting the family of Helen Wicks Reid in Brooklyn and Port Washington, New York. Local pictures include the Wicks home, the Mill Pond, and a fireman in the uniform of the Atlantic Company. 1 box; ca. 1893-1898.
Click here to view the Reid photographs on Flickr.
Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington
– Records pertaining to this local environmental organization and the issues it has confronted in the Port Washington community, and throughout the Manhasset Bay peninsula, since it was founded in 1968. 43 boxes; 1968-2003
-Photographs, programs, booklets, audiotapes, articles, letters, postcards, and advertisements pertaining to the life and career of Jean Ritchie, an acclaimed folk singer, originally from Kentucky, who later became a long time resident of Port Washington.
– Includes photographs, meeting minutes, organizational records, the original proposal for the creation of the Sandminers Memorial Monument, correspondence, exhibit related material and maps of the area near the monument, located on West Shore Road, Port Washington.
– Photographs, negatives, brochures, programs, clippings and other printed matter relating to the history of Sands Point. Photos include images of prominent residents, estates, and buildings. Most of the material was assembled in 1985 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Village of Sands Point. 12 volumes and 1 box; ca. 1884-2005.
Schreiber High School Senior Gambol
– Photographs, news clippings, printed materials, ephemera, correspondence, and financial records from the Gambol, the senior prom of Paul D. Schreiber High School in Port Washington, New York. 4 boxes and 2 binders; 1952-2004.
– A journalist with a special interest in local history, Simon was active at the Port Washington News for over 50 years, and was the author of a series of articles entitled “Port Remembered.” Includes writings, memorabilia, and over 30 letters from Paul D. Schreiber, superintendent of Port’s schools from 1920 to 1935. 1box; ca. 1908-1976.
– Stephen B. Smith, Sr. was a resident of Port Washington and the father of Stephen B. Smith, Jr. and Isaac E. Smith. The collection consists of Stephen Smith’s receipts for wharfage, sail making, supplies and groceries. Also includes a marriage certificate for Isaac E. Smith and Mary Fearon. 1 box; 1867-1884.
Sons of Italy Columbus Collection
– 2 books purchased with funds donated by the local chapter of the Sons of Italy, in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Columbus’ voyage: Christopher Columbus, his own Book of Privileges – London: B.F. Stevens, 1893; The Letter of Columbus on his Discovery of the New World – [facsimile ed.] – Los Angeles: USC Fine Arts Press, 1989.
Sousa, John Philip
– 56 photographs of John Philip Sousa, his home in Sands Point, friends and family members, and his band. Also included are two photographs of fundraising activities for the Sousa Band Shell, and a program for a memorial concert held locally after his death. 1 binder; ca. 1870-1960’s.
Over 80 items including pen and ink drawings, ink wash drawings, proofs, and water colors by the noted children’s book illustrator, Peter Spier (b. 1927). 1 box; 1954-1964.
TELIcommunity was begun in 1980 as a not-for-profit organization to provide community access television for Long Island. The records of TELIcommunity include correspondence, minutes, printed matter and clippings documenting the history of the organization. 1 box; ca. 1980-1983.
Tibbits, Hall Jackson
– 29 photographs of the exterior, interior, and contents of the Tibbits Homestead at Sands Point. The house was built by Captain John Sands in 1712, and purchased by Captain Hall Jackson Tibbits in 1852. The photographs were used in an exhibit at the Port Washington Public Library in 1959. Also includes a typed press release prepared for the exhibit. Photographs are by William Gardner. 1 binder.
Village Welfare Society / Port Washington Community Services / Visiting Nurse Services
– Papers of a local charitable organization which originated in 1909 as the Sisterhood Club,was incorporated as the Village Welfare Society in 1915, and is currently known as Port Washington Community Services. Includes minutes, scrapbooks, photographs, financial papers, annual reports, and handbooks documenting the work of the organization. Also included are some records pertaining to the Visiting Nurse Service of the North Shore, Inc., and the Visiting Home Health Services of Nassau, Inc. 7 boxes; 1909 – 1988.
Wee Scot (Sailboat) Racing Association
– Records of a group formed by local owners of Wee Scot sailboats, who raced their boats in Long Island Sound. Includes correspondence, blueprints, sketches, racing regulations, boat specifications, and membership lists. 1 box; 1934 – 1939.
Wysong, Charles N.
– Wysong, a founder of the Port Washington Bank and Trust, served as District Attorney for Nassau County (ca. 1910-1913). Papers include documents, lists of local landowners, notebooks of narrative local history, and correspondence and other material relating to Wysong’s legal career and community service activities. 7 boxes; 1694 – 1938.
Zwerlein, Peter J.
– Photographs, clippings, correspondence, invitations, programs, badges, and other items relating to Zwerlein’s years as a member of Protection Engine Company No. 1, and as Chief of the Port Washington Fire Department (1989-1991). Also contains several files on Zwerlein’s other community activities including the Lion’s Club and the Cow Neck Peninsula Historical Society. 7 boxes; 1929-1991.
Zwerlein, Robert L.
– Letters from Robert Zwerlein (1946-1967) to his family while serving in the Navy, personal items, photographs, awards and military medals documenting his life. Also includes material collected by William Zwerlein regarding his son’s death aboard the USS Forrestal in 1967. 2 boxes; ca. 1961-2007.
Zwerlein, William C.
– Material collected by William Zwerlein (1919-2009), a life-long resident of Port Washington with 63 years of service as a volunteer firefighter with Protection Company No. 1. The collection contains post cards of Port Washington, and newsletters and memorabilia from the Mineola Skating Rink. 1 box & 1 oversize folder, 1907-2009.
–View the William C. Zwerlein Postcard collection on Flickr