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Archives and Special Collections
View the main website for Queens College Special Collections and Archives here.
Other Digital Projects
In addition to college records, the Archives collects and preserves materials related to civil rights, print history, performing arts and the Borough of Queens. You can see digital projects for these areas below.
The Queens College Civil Rights Archives collects personal papers, community materials, organizational records, non-print materials, and artifacts of civil rights activists. The collections are particularly strong in documenting the civil rights work by Queens College students during the early 1960s. The Civil Rights Archive is an active participant in its communities, working with students and alumni of Queens College, local schools, and the city at large.
The Artists' Books Collection features a selection of our art books that have had their covers digitized and contents described.
The following projects are also affiliated with the Archives:
The Seamen's Church Institute (SCI) has operated in the Port of New York since 1834, providing ministry and aid to seafarers and port workers for nearly two centuries. SCI's records consist of correspondence, photographs, minutes, printed material, scrapbooks, journals, registers, reports and ephemera related to the day-to-day operation of the Institute, as well as the working waterfront of New York City. The collections are particularly strong in the areas of maritime ministry, waterfront labor and New York City history, specifically the development of Lower Manhattan from shipping hub to financial center.
The Queens Memory Project is a collaborative digital archive by Queens Library and Queens College featuring oral history recordings, photographs, maps, news clippings, ephemera, and other records documenting contemporary life in Queens, New York. It is a dynamic testament of collective memory for the residents of the most diverse county in the United States. Interviews and archival records gathered from many sources document the borough's people and places; their differences, their changes over time, and their strong ties to one another.