Special Collections
B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library
C.W. Post Campus / Long Island University

Cedar Swamp Historical Society Collection

This invaluable library of books, periodicals, pamphlets, maps, historical documents, letters, flags, and other materials, was generously donated to Long Island University by the Cedar Swamp Historical Society under the auspices and direction of its former President, John G. Peterkin. Of the more than 1,100 books, the subjects range from town histories and biographies of Long Island personages (as Theodore Roosevelt) to monographs on Long Island archeology and the Long Island Railroad, from many books on Long Island shipping and family histories to writings by Long Island poets and novelists. We have an extensive collection of Christopher Morley, an important Long Island writer. There is a large collection of books and pamphlets concerning Quaker life, history and thought.

The collection boasts such treasures as 18th century Long Island founding families' letters and deeds, 19th century illustrated song sheets, Civil War newspapers and posters, historic 18th and 19th century maps as well as 19th century atlases, poems in manuscript by Long Island poet John Howard Payne, and several Revolutionary War documents. These latter documents, one of which depicts the British forces before the Battle of Trenton, were displayed in 2000 at the Nassau County Art Museum, along with a number of period flags. The collection includes over a dozen boxes of historic documents that delineate and chronicle the political and legal battles fought to preserve the environmental and historical integrity of Long Island's North Shore.

The Cedar Swamp Historical Society's Collection contains many periodical titles. There are extensive holdings in such scholarly history journals as The Long Island Forum, The Journal of Long Island History and the Nassau County Historical Journal. The Long Island Railroader provides a primary source for a regional focus on an important Long Island means of transportation. Historic Preservation, published by the National Council for Historic Sites and Buildings, and The Conservationist, published by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, contain invaluable insight and information concerning environmental and historical preservation issues and controversies.

The Digital Initiatives Department has made images of many of the items available online.

We invite all questions and welcome you to visit this Special Collection.

Conrad Schoeffling
Special Collections Librarian

March, 2008