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Special Collections and Archives

Digital Projects:
Civil Rights
Print History
Queens Memory Project
Seamen's Church Institute
Digital Metro New York
  Grants Project

Digital Projects

The Department of Special Collections and Archives aims to make its collections widely accessible and to bring 20th century materials forward into the 21st century.  Several digital projects have been created to showcase collection highlights. 


Civil Rights

For information about the overall collection, visit our collections and finding aids page.

Civil Rights Project

The Civil Rights Movement Archives features digital reproductions of photographs, print materials, artifacts and more.  


Print History

For information about the overall collection, visit our collections and finding aids page.

Print HistoryProject

The Print History Digital Project, currently under development, is a visual, interactive portal for exploring our collections of rare books, manuscripts, and other print history materials (including menus and ‘zines).


Queens Memory Project

For information about the overall collection, visit our collections and finding aids page.

Queens Memory Project

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. 

The Department of Special Collections and Archives has a Historypin channel featuring a growing collection of photographs of the Queens College campus and community members. Historic images from our institutional collections date back to the 1920s, before the school’s founding in 1937, while contemporary photos depict the vibrant college of today. The site’s map feature allows viewers to take a virtual "then and now" tour of campus.

The Queens College photographs are also part of Queens: Neighborhood Stories, a Historypin project sponsored by Queens Library and the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) that seeks to document the unique histories of the borough’s many diverse communities.


Seamen’s Church Institute

For information about the overall collection, visit our collections and finding aids page.

Seamen's Church Institute

The Seamen’s Church Institute Archives Digital Collection features six series of digitized content: Annual Reports, Minutes, Photo Scrapbooks, Photographs, Chaplains' Journals and The Lookout.


Digital Metro New York Grant Project

The Digital Metro New York Grant Project Website was a collaboration between Rosenthal Library and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at Queens College. Launched by Steve Barto, former Queens College Archivist, Claudia Perry, Associate Professor of the GSLIS, and Rolf Swensen, Social Sciences Librarian, in Spring 2005, it was completed in 2006. Its objectives were to explore the digitization process and make available online the history of the College, drawn from the College Archives, to show the integral place of the College in the Borough of Queens and New York City. Students in GSLIS were introduced to ContentDM data management software, SilverFast Scanning Software, Adobe Photoshop, and optical character recognition (OCR) software. The archives provided material for digitization and expertise in the preparation and organization of information and use of metadata for cataloging. The archival materials scanned, cataloged, and uploaded to the website of the funding organization, Metro, were drawn from:

  1. Typescript correspondence in the College Presidential records,
  2. The People's College on the Hill, a book of essays and photographs published by the College on the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary in 1987,
  3. Part of the College's first yearbook, the 1941 Silhouette, containing historical reminiscences from the period and photographs of the campus and college community,
  4. Student magazine covers and flyers for student events, and
  5. Archival transparencies and photographs.



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Department of
Special Collections and Archives

Queens College Libraries, CUNY
Benjamin Rosenthal Library RO317

65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Queens, NY 11367-1597

Phone: 718-997-3650

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