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Special Collections and Archives

Collections and Finding Aids

Visit the Queens College Archives website, for digital reproductions of photographs, print materials, artifacts and more.


Civil Rights
Performing Arts and Music
Personal Papers
Print History
Queens Memory
Seamen's Church Institute

A note on Finding Aids: Finding Aids are tools to assist researchers in gaining access to and understanding archival materials. A finding aid provides context for a collection and usually includes:

  • historical and/or biographical information
  • acquisition and provenance information
  • the scope of the collection (including size, subjects, and media)
  • organization and arrangement, including inventory of series and folders

Civil Rights Archives

The Civil Rights Archive of the Queens College Special Collections and Archives collects published and unpublished works relating to civil rights activities such as personal papers, community materials, organizational records, non-print materials, and artifacts. The collections are particularly strong in documenting civil rights work of Queens College students during the early 1960s. Visit the Civil Rights Archive website, featuring digital reproductions of photographs, print materials, artifacts and more. We encourage curriculum collaboration – please read "A How To Guide for QC Faculty: The Civil Rights Archive and Your Courses".

Finding Aids (hover over links for short descriptions)

Andrew Berman Collection (View PDF)

Arthur Gatti Collection (View PDF)

Barbara (Jones) Omolade Collection (View PDF)

Dean Savage Papers (View PDF)

Debby Yaffe Collection (View PDF)

Elliot Linzer Collection (View PDF)

George Albertz Papers (View PDF)

Hubert Albertz Papers (View PDF)

J. Chester Johnson Collection (View PDF)

James R. Forman Library Collection (View PDF)

Jean L. Konzal Papers (View PDF)

Joan Nestle Oral History Interview

Johnnie Mae Walker Letter to Anne Koeppicus (View PDF)

Mark Levy Collection (View PDF)

Martin Luther King, Jr. at QC

Michael Wenger Collection (View PDF)

Michael Wreszin Collection (View PDF)

Moshe Shur Papers (View PDF)

Open Admissions Collection (View PDF)

Oscar Shaftel Collection (View PDF)

Phyllis Padow-Sederbaum Collection (View PDF)

Queens College Campus Unrest Collection (View PDF)

Robert Masters Collection (View PDF)

Robert Rygor Papers (View PDF)

Rosalind (Silverman) Andrews Collection (View PDF)

Sid Simon Collection (View PDF)

Stan Shaw Collection (View PDF)

Susan Nichols Collection (View PDF)


Institutional Archives

Processing is currently underway for departmental, administrative, alumni and student records spanning decades of activity on campus. Our holdings represent a diversity of activities dating from 1937 to the present. You can view the finding aids below for fully processed collections, or contact us for access to departmental and faculty records and publications.  Note: The majority of student newspapers, from the first newspaper (the Crown) to the recent Quad and current Knight News, are available on microfilm in the Library Media Center. The Archives has original copies and a few specialized newspapers not microfilmed.

Finding Aids (hover over links for short descriptions)

Founding President Paul Klapper Collection (View PDF)

College Founder Judge Charles Colden Collection (View PDF)

Alumni Newsletter Collection (View PDF)

Queens College Photo Archive (View PDF)

Queens College Seal Design Collection (View PDF)

Queens College Clock Tower Bells Collection (View PDF)

Student Publications Collection

Joseph Brostek Commencement Records (View PDF)

The Silhouette (Yearbook)
The archive holds a complete set (1941-present) of The Silhouette, the Queens College yearbook, available for research on site. 1942-1950 are available online through the History Department.

Class Bulletins
Bulletins are available online from 1993 to the present. The archives holds physical copies of most of the bulletins from 1940-2010.

Queens College Air Force ROTC Collection (View PDF)

Institute for Community Studies (View PDF)


Performing Arts and Music Collections

The Performing Arts and Music Collections offer a broad disciplinary survey of theatre, film, television and music. Selections include rare playbills, publicity materials and working documents used by a variety of performing arts professionals, and diaries, manuscripts, and programs from composers.

Finding Aids (hover over links for short descriptions)

Alfred Heinemann Collection (View PDF)

Karol Rathaus Papers (View PDF)

Leopold Sachse Collection (View PDF)


Personal Papers

In addition to College records, the Archives collects private papers and manuscript collections of important figures in our community.  Notably, we hold the archives of Congressman Saul Weprin, Congressman Benjamin Rosenthal, and Judge Charles Colden, which are currently being processed by staff in the department.

Finding Aids (hover over links for short descriptions)

Ann Birstein Papers (View PDF)

Banesh Hoffmann Collection (View PDF)

Hortense Powdermaker Papers (View PDF)

Rikki Asher Papers (View PDF)

Michael Wreszin Collection (View PDF)

K. Robert Schwarz Papers (View PDF)

Bette Weidman Papers (View PDF)

Hratch Zadoian Collection (View PDF)

Warren Phillips Papers (View PDF)


Print History Collections

The department collects original materials and reference works that support research into material history and print culture. Highlights include 17th and 18th century monographs and 20th century and contemporary zines. The rare books collection houses over 6,000 rare volumes from 1382 to the present day in a variety of genres, formats and languages.

The Archives also has a growing collection of unique artists' books, representing a broad selection from local and nationally recognized book artists. These works of art presented in an unconventional book form offer a remarkable resource for academic research and personal study, and challenge our perception of the traditional book design. Artists' books invite the reader to examine the nature of the book and encourage the idea of a multifarious reading experience. Please visit our digital showcase of Artist Books.

Finding Aids (hover over links for short descriptions)

Don Quixote Collection (View PDF)

Early Rare Books Collection (View PDF)

John E. Parsons, Jr. Collection

Pages From the Past (View PDF)

Restaurant Menu Collection (View PDF)

Queens College Zine Collection (View PDF)


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.  It is a dynamic testament of collective memory for the residents of the most diverse county in the United States. Interviews and archival records gathered from many sources document the borough's people and places; their differences, their changes over time, and their strong ties to one another. The project welcomes contributors and volunteers.  To learn more, visit or contact the QMP Director at

Finding Aids (hover over links for short descriptions)

Tom Carey Papers (View PDF)

Queens Memory Project (View PDF)

Constance Waters Collection (View PDF)


Seamen's Church Institute of New York & New Jersey

The Seamen's Church Institute (SCI) has operated in the Port of New York since 1834, providing ministry and aid to seafarers and port workers for nearly two centuries. SCI's records consist of correspondence, photographs, minutes, printed material, scrapbooks, journals, registers, reports and ephemera related to the day-to-day operation of the Institute, as well as the working waterfront of New York City. The collections are particularly strong in the areas of maritime ministry, waterfront labor and New York City history, specifically the development of Lower Manhattan from shipping hub to financial center.

Finding Aids

Series 1: Board of Managers (View PDF)

Series 2: Director's/Superintendent's Files (View PDF)

Series 3: Chapel and Chaplain's Files (View PDF)

Series 4: Staff and Adminstration (View PDF)

Series 5: Seamen's Service (View PDF)

Series 6: Missing Seamen Bureau (View PDF)

Series 7: Seamen's Files (View PDF)

Series 8: Christmas at Sea (Women's Council) (View PDF)

Series 9: Maritime Education (View PDF)

Series 10: Labor and Legislation (View PDF)

Series 11: Development (View PDF)

Series 12: Public Relations (View PDF)

Series 13: Finance (View PDF)

Series 14: Buildings (View PDF)

Series 15: Photographs (View PDF)

Series 16: Printed Materials (View PDF)

Lifesaving Benevolent Association of New York Records (View PDF)

  • Click here to access the finding aid (to be replaced by the series of finding aids listed above).
  • Click here to access the Seamen's Church Institute Archives Portal.
  • Click here to access the Seamen's Church Institute Archives Digital Collection. The six series of the Digital Collection are: Annual Reports, Minutes, Photo Scrapbooks, Photographs, Chaplains' Journals and The Lookout.
  • Click here to access "An Overview of the Seamen's Church Institute Archives for Researchers, Cultural Institutions, and Educators."

For more information please contact:

Jonathan Thayer
Senior Archivist, Seamen's Church Institute of New York & New Jersey


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Queens College Libraries, CUNY
Benjamin Rosenthal Library RO317

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

Phone: 718-997-3650

Open 10 am - 4 pm, Monday - Wednesday. Please e-mail for an appointment.


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