Online Exhibits and Student Research Projects
This site features exhibitions created from the Special Collections departments' varied materials. The online exhibitions draw their inspiration and content primarily from the historic records in the collections that document the history of Hofstra University, as well as, the local and regional history of Long Island. These materials - photographs, manuscripts, newspapers, maps, artifacts, books, census records, and audiovisual materials - are crucial to a more complete understanding of historical events, people, and places in University history as well as local history. It is through the use of archival materials that social, cultural, and intellectual development can be examined. This site has been designed for both the scholar and the student, so that we might introduce you to the variety and range of the holdings of the Special Collections Department.
Archives Online Exhibits and Student Research Projects
Builders and Founders
Photographs and brief sketches depicts 14 of the University's south campus buildings completed before 1965.
Debate '08 Collection
The material in the Debate ’08 Collection helps to document the events of one of the most remarkable years in the history of Hofstra University. Included in the collection are brochures, flyers, posters, DVDs, print material, ephemera and memorabilia. This exhibit features images of material related to the yearlong Educate ’08 initiative and the presidential debate held at Hofstra University on October 15, 2008.
Dr. Harold Yuker: Eliminating Barriers
Dedicated to Dr. Harold Yuker: 1924-1997. This exhibit contains information on Dr. Yuker's life and his contributions to Hofstra University.
"First of the Firsts" Digital Project
Using photographs from many different collections within the University Archives, this project describes how Hofstra University has evolved in 75 years. It depicts how different Hofstra community members have contributed to our history. This project also shows the origins of many Hofstra traditions and accomplishments as well as identifying many notable Hofstronians! This exhibit was curated by Wallens Augustin.
Hofstra's Own Tuskegee Airman
Information on Lt. Col. Charles Dryden.
Hofstra University Remembers
On November 28, 2001 a Memorial was held for the victims of the September 11th attack who were members of the Hofstra University family.
Mr. & Mrs. Hofstra Founding a University
Learn about the Hofstras and how the University was established. This exhibit is divided into 4 sections entitled, "The Beginning", "The Hofstra Home", "Mrs. Hofstra's Cats", & "Creating the University".
Shakespeare Festival at Hofstra
Using photographs from the Drama Collection within University Archives, this project depicts the beginning of the Shakespeare Festival at Hofstra. This project also describes the origin of the John Cranford Adams Playhouse at Hofstra University. The exhibit was created by Barbara Guzowski, Special Collections.
Student Unrest: National Turmoil at Hofstra's Doorstep
As the War in Vietnam continued to claim ever more lives, racial tensions flared across the country, and indignant youths rebelled against the monotony of their parents' generation, the Hofstra University community found itself deeply embroiled in the social unrest period of the late 1960s and early 1970s
Long Island Studies Institute Online Exhibits and Student Research Projects
Jacqueline Binnian (1923-2004)
Jacqueline Binnian dedicated over 40 years of her life to the preservation of the environment of the North Shore of Long Island. She founded and/or was a member of numerous groups, including Concerned Citizens for 25A, Alliance for the Preservation of Coindre Hall Park, and ACTION. Her greatest passion, however, was the preservation of trustee lands in the Town of Huntington, a cause she remained dedicated to until her death in 2005.
Selections from the Bernice and Reuben Davidson Collection
Bernice and Reuben Davidson were a married couple from Oceanside, Long Island, who were actively involved in humanitarian and political activities from the 1960s to the 1990s. Their commitment to humanitarian and political activities began in 1967 during the Vietnam War and continued until the Gulf War in the 1990s. This exhibit focuses on their early efforts and activism.
Long Island’s Gold Coast era, a time of unimaginable splendor, ran from around the turn of the twentieth century through the 1930s. During this time period, a veritable who’s who of America’s rich and famous built opulent homes, many of which were on the North Shore in communities such as Sands Point, Glen Cove, and Kings Point. This exhibition features student research papers about the Gold Coast estates, accompanied by images from various Long Island Studies Institute collections. Long Island Estates
Main Street Views
The Long Island Studies Institute has a sizeable collection of postcards covering different aspects of Long Island history. The postcard images of Long Island main streets in this Flickr exhibit cover the time period from c. 1900 to 1912 and represent towns throughout the entire island during a period of transition between rural and industrialized societies. We invite you to find what has changed in these Long Island streets and what—if anything--has remained the same over the years. This exhibit was curated by Natalia Sucre.
Places of Worship Collection (Long Island Memories)
In the year 2000, Hofstra University alumnus Robert L. Harrison began his quest to photograph all the places of worship in Nassau County. Eighteen months and over 3000 miles later, he had completed a stunning visual record of the religious diversity in this rapidly changing area of Long Island. This collection contains all of the images captured by Harrison during his photographic odyssey.(Note: Harrison added a small number of photographs to the collection in 2002. Also, the collection does include some photographs of places of worship located in Suffolk County.)
Queens, N.Y., School Photographs
Sample Photographs from the Queens, Ny.Y. SChool Photographs collection, which includes 160 black and white panoramic photographs, all of which were taken in schools (mainly public) in Queens, N.Y., from 1924-1936
September 11th Project
The Long Island Studies Institute is collecting materials relating to Long Island's response to the attack on the World Trade Center and the tragic events of September 11th, 2001. The collection includes: personal accounts (e-mails, reflections), photographs, publications, artistic expressions, and the responses of local government, religious and educational institutions, businesses and school districts. These materials are being preserved for future study and inquiry for both scholars and the Long Island community.
Slavery on Long Island
This exhibit focuses on the experiences and history of African-American slaves on Long Island. The exhibit uses original documents from the African Americans on Long Island Collection, as well as other print resources located in Special Collections. Although many people understand the ramifications of slavery to some degree, many do not realize the extent of slavery in the North, or, on Long Island.
Rare Books & Manuscripts Online Exhibits and Student Research Projects
This undergraduate student research project focuses on Dr. Seuss and why he appeals to both children and adults. From the early prose of Dr. Seuss & The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins to his later style using rhyme and made-up animals as narrators, Seuss developed a following that has lasted since the 1930's.
Sometimes there is more to a book than initially meets the eye. Sometimes there is something hiding between the lines or deep within the pages. Beginning in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, artists began putting images on the fore-edge of books. These hidden images are called fore-edge paintings. Fore-Edge Paintings
Photographs and information about the Masonic lodge sword of Bertram O. Drover, a Sir Knight of Cambridge Commandery No. 42, Cambridge, MA. Fraternal Masonic Sword and Sheath
The exhibit features the Nila Banton Smith Historical Collection in Reading and traces the evolution of teaching methods and materials from the hornbook and battledore of the colonial period through the McGuffey Readers at turn of the twentieth century. Included in the exhibition are samples of different approaches to reading instruction -- Alphabet Method, the Phonic and Whole Word Methods, and the Sentence and Story Methods. Readers and Reading in American Education
Weingrow Collection Undergraduate Research Project
The Weingrow Collection Undergraduate Research Project is a selection of presentations that were created as part of the course work for History of Contemporary Art (AH 074), a liberal arts elective course, in the fall of 2005. Its principal aim was to encourage undergraduate primary research and critical dialogue. An integral component of the project was the engagement of students with Hofstra University's vital collections in support of the University's teaching mission, together with the thoughtful public presentation of the students' research. A further objective was the cultivation of intellectual relationships between various members of the general faculty in support of this student-focused research project.
Prof. Susan Yohn's HIST14S "The Stuff of Life"
During the Spring Semester of 2011, students from Professor Susan Yohn's History 14S created web exhibits using materials from Hofstra's Special Collections Department. The course focused on material culture and was called, "The Stuff of Life". Each web exhibit features a different object and provides a historical analysis of where that object "fits" into the era in which it was created. These websites are:
1866 Smith & Wesson Revolver, Blackout Lightbulb, Fashion in the 1950's, Internment, Lacemaking, Long Island Railroad, Mourning Pin, Ping Pong Diplomacy, and Places of Worship