Starting Research

The East Hampton Library’s Long Island Collection is a special collection and archive dedicated to the history and people of Long Island. What was once a room specially built in 1930 to house the personal collection of historian Morton Pennypacker, is currently a 5-room research and study area, containing a vast array of original, historic, as well as contemporary, materials that chronicle life on Long Island from the seventeenth century to the present day.

Among its more than 100,000 items, the Long Island Collection’s holdings include photographs, postcards, whaling logs, diaries, account books, deeds, wills, genealogies, maps, architectural drawings, oral histories, and newspapers.

Anyone interested in researching Long Island history or topics may visit, use our digital resources, or contact us for assistance.

Online: Go to where you’ll find the Digital Long Island Collection, a searchable online database designed for researchers.

(Certain collections, including The East Hampton Star archive and The Local Artist archive, are accessible at under the “Long Island History” tab.)

Historic newspapers across New York State, such as The East Hampton Star and the Sag Harbor Corrector, can be searched and read at

Researchers can also search the Long Island Collection’s online catalog, which includes items that may have not yet been put on Digital Long Island:

Public Hours: Monday- Saturday, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Please contact us if you would like an appointment outside of these hours.
While appointments are not required, they are encouraged.

Phone: (631) 324-0222 ext. 4

Andrea Meyer, Head of Collection:

Megan Bardis, Librarian/ Archivist:

Julia Tyson, Librarian/ Archivist: