Local History

Delve into the rich history of our community, Long Island, and the Library itself in the Local History Center. Along with reference and circulating books and media, the center houses local history periodicals, genealogy resources, materials on historic preservation, historic photographs, a clipping file, the Tracks Through Time Oral History Collection, and archival records.

The Northport-East Northport community has a special connection to Antoine Saint-Exupéry through his celebrated work The Little Prince. The book was written during the fall and winter of 1942 in the twenty-two-room Bevin House built by industrialist Cornelius DeLamater. Saint-Exupéry’s wife, Consuelo, found this lovely white mansion overlooking Duck Island Harbor. She recounts that they called it “la maison du Petit Prince” (the house of the Little Prince). Speaking with his English tutor, Northport High School teacher Adele Breaux, Saint-Exupéry described the house as “a haven for writing, the best place I have ever had anywhere in my life.” Learn more.

Beat author Jack Kerouac lived in Northport during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Because of continuing interest in his time in Northport and in two items owned by the library, a typescript of Kerouac's first book, The Town and the City, and an oral history interview with the writer, the library has developed an extensive Kerouac collection.

Kerouac: Off the Shelf: A Bibliography of Resources in the Northport-East Northport Public Library

This is a timeline of the creation and history of the Northport-East Northport Public Library.

Oral History audio files and transcripts are available on the adult patron computers in both library buildings.

Click here for a complete list of oral histories.

The vertical files contain newspaper articles, papers, brochures and ephemera regarding the history of the Northport, East Northport, Asharoken and Eaton’s Neck communities. Other areas of Suffolk County and Long Island are also included.

View the file here.

Local History Titles

Research

Oral History Review

(In Library Only). Published twice a year by the Oral History Association, this journal explores the practice and significance of oral history.  Paper copies of the Oral History Review are shelved in the Local History Center.

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