Nov 15, 2021

Long Island University Unveils Digital Collection of Historical Documents

Long Island University’s Palmer School of Library and Information Science announced the publication of “Digitizing Local History Sources,” a groundbreaking five-year project and website offering the public access to more than 65,000 pages of historical materials from 45 participating historical societies across Long Island. The endeavor was funded by a $1.5 million grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.

One of the highlights of the project is the Bert Morgan Collection, which contains more than 600 images digitized from negatives held by the Southampton History Museum. Morgan, a prominent high society photographer, documented the “social set” and events in Southampton from the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s. Among the locations are the Shinnecock Hills Golf Course, the Southampton Bathing Corporation (“Beach Club”), and the Meadow Club of Southampton. The Bert Morgan collection can be viewed here: []

Ranked among the “Best Archival Science Programs” in the country by U.S. News & World Report, the Palmer School has offered 105 master’s and doctoral students the ability to digitize the documents since the project launched in 2017.

“Students of the Palmer School have become world-renowned archivists, historians and librarians,” said Long Island University President Kimberly R. Cline. “I am proud that LIU can offer them a unique experiential learning opportunity that will forever preserve the history of Long Island.”

You can access the collection online at

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