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