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.
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.
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Local History Titles
Long Island Rail Road Stations
Chartered in 1834 to provide a route between New York City and Boston, the Long Island Rail Road ran from the Brooklyn waterfront through the center of Long Island to Greenport. The railroad served the agricultural market on Long Island until branches and competing lines eventually developed on the north and south shores of the island and several hundred passenger stations were built. After Penn Station was opened in 1910, the number of passengers commuting between Manhattan and Long Island began to multiply. Today, one hundred twenty-five stations serve the Long Island Rail Road. Long Island Rail Road Stations contains vintage postcards of the old Penn Station, which was demolished in the mid-1960s; the Grand Stairway at the Forest Hills Station, where Theodore Roosevelt delivered his famous unification speech on July 4, 1917; and the Amagansett station building, where Nazi spies boarded a train bound for New York City on June 13, 1942. Many of the historic stations featured in this book have been preserved by local preservation groups, while others have been replaced with modern buildings to accommodate the passengers who commute on the nation's largest commuter railroad.
The Little Prince
An aviator whose plane is forced down in the Sahara Desert encounters a little prince from a small planet who describes his adventures in the universe seeking the secret of what is really important in life. The anniversary edition includes original reviews of the novel, information about the author's life and work and the making of the story.
East Northport, An Incomplete History
East Northport--an incomplete history
Bayview Avenue then and now (DVD)
Historical and current photographs from the collection of the Northport Historical Society and Museum, accompanied by narration, take the viewer on a journey into the past of one of Northport's most historically rich streets.
Main Street Then and Now (DVD)
The fascinating history of Northport's Main Street and Woodbine Avenue is presented through narration and photographs from the collection of the Northport Historical Society and Museum.
A Light House of Stone
A history of the Eaton's Neck Lighthouse, Northport, New York
Kerouac, Off the Shelf
Unique and primary sources -- Bibliographies -- Fiction by Kerouac -- Poetry by Kerouac -- Biographies -- Nonfiction & literary criticisms -- Selected beat generation works -- Audiobooks -- DVDs -- Music CDs -- Periodicals.
Following the Harbor, 1894-1994 : Northport Village's First Hundred Years
"Following the Harbor" is the special story of the Village of Northport, from its incorporation in 1894 through its centennial celebration.
Once known as Great Cow Harbor, the area that is now Northport grew from a rural farming and fishing village into an industrial hub. Shipyards dominated the harbor's shoreline, while brickworks and sand mines provided building materials for New York City's skyscrapers. As industry flourished, the community grew, and essential amenities for transit, education, and worship were established. During the 19th century, wealthy oyster barons converted seashell fortunes into publishing, banking, and real estate ventures, fashioning Northport into one of the prettiest villages on Long Island. Its harbor and beaches offered a summer refuge for city dwellers and a sanctuary for artists, actors, and writers. From bungalows along the coves to the magnificent Victorian houses along Bayview Avenue, Northport truly provides "Images of America."
Genealogy source for digitized U.S. Federal census images; obituaries and local newspaper articles; immigration and military records; vital statistics, church records, and more.
FamilySearch, a nonprofit family history organization, contains the largest collection of genealogical and historical records in the world. Includes family tree templates. Create a free account and begin your search.
(In Library Only) This National Trust for Historic Preservation publication addresses ways to protect historic places and communities.
New York State and Suffolk County Historic Newspapers. Suffolk County newspapers, some with obituaries, from 1822. Includes the Northport Journal, The Record, The Observer, The Long Islander, The Times of Northport and The Times of Huntington, Northport & East Northport.
(In Library Only). Journal devoted entirely to the history of New York State. Published by Cornell University Press.
View historical postcards and photographs of the Northport-East Northport community. This site, New York Heritage, also hosts the digital collections of other Long Island libraries and archives.