QCC and CSI Libraries Host New York Archives Week, October 7-13, 2012

September 20, 2012 | News

The libraries of Queensborough Community College and the College of Staten Island College will be among the institutions in the city’s archivist community to host New York Archives Week, October 7-13, 2012.  The Archivist Round Table of Metropolitan New York (ART), a group of more than 550 members, will coordinate a series of free historical and genealogical activities, including open houses, exhibitions, lectures, workshops and behind-the-scenes tours of archives in New York City. New York Archives Week is annual celebration aimed at informing New Yorkers about the diversity of information resources available in the city’s trove of archives. 

A highlight of the week will be “Exploring the Archives of Queensborough Community College,” at the Kurt R. Schmeller Library, on Wednesday, October 19, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Professor Constance Williams, the college archivist, will conduct a tour of the College Archives and the legislative papers of former New York State Senator Frank Padavan (Queens). Dr. Arthur Flug, executive director of the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center & Archives, will lead a guided tour of the Center’s comprehensive and expanding collection of resources on the Holocaust and genocide. Exhibition catalogs will be available for attendees to take home. RSVP: CWilliams@qcc.cuny.edu or BBonoussmit@qcc.cuny.edu.

In the 200-years since Staten Island defended New York Harbor in the War of 1812, the municipality has accumulated a rich history. In his lecture, “Staten Island and the War of 1812,” National Park Service Ranger Jason Wickersty will present a slide-illustrated lecture about the crucial transformations that the War of 1812 brought to Staten Island and the New York City Harbor. The lecture will be held at the College of Staten Island Library, in the Archives program room, 1L-216 on the second floor of the library, on Thursday, October 11, 2012, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.  The CSI Archives and Special Collections includes more than 3,500 printed items and more than 1,000 cubic feet of manuscript material.  For information, call: (718) 982-4010.

Other organizations participating in New York Archives Week are historical societies, universities, libraries, and cultural organizations. Highlights include: tours of the archives at the Museum of the City of New York, the Davis Library Archives and Special Collections at St. John’s University, and the Girl Scouts of USA National Historic Preservation Center; open house presentations at the Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc. and the Interference Archive; and a presentation by Manhattan Borough Historian, Michael Miscione.  A complete list of ART-coordinated New York Archives Week events is now available (www.nycarchivists.org/Resources/Documents/2012ArchivesWeekCalendar.pdf). Please note that pre-registration for some events is required. The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York, Inc. recognizes the generous sponsorship of Archives Week by MetLife and the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation.