Special Collections is comprised of three different areas: The Rare Books and Manuscripts collections, which consists of books brought together by a collector or items brought together because of a particular theme; University Archives, which focuses on the history of the University; and the Long Island Studies Institute, which contains information about the history of Long Island.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
Books brought together by a collector or items brought together because of a particular theme.Learn about Rare Books & Manuscripts
Focuses on the history of the University.Learn about University Archives
Long Island Studies Institute
Information about the history of Long Island.Learn about Long Island Studies Institute
Long Island Business and Industry Catalog
Containing nearly 40 collections pertaining to Long Island’s businesses and industry. Items range from the business records of small East End merchants to the engineering feats of Grumman Aerospace, whose work helped put humanity on the Moon. More than 500 documents, photographs, and artifacts covering 200 years of Long Island’s industrial legacy are cataloged within. This Catalog was made possible by a grant from the Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation.
Long Island Traditions
The collection includes interviews with artists and local residents conducted by director Nancy Solomon, and other folklorists and ethnomusicologists that have worked for Long island Traditions since its founding in 1992.
Lyndon B. Johnson Film Collection, 1958-1969
In the 1960s, the White House Naval Photographic Unit (NPC) began
producing films that highlighted special presidential trips, visits, and events.
Long Island Postcard Collection
The collection, which ranges from c.1890s-present, includes canceled and unmarked postcards that cover a variety of subjects, including advertising, historic buildings, scenic views, and popular tourism destinations.
Cabinet of Curiosities
The top floor of the Library is a popular study spot, coveted for its peaceful bird’s-eye view of our campus and, on a clear day, of the New York City skyline.
Ten stories below, unseen and unknown to most, is a well of hidden treasures.
Online Exhibits & Student Research Projects
Exhibitions created from the Special Collections departments' varied materials, drawing their inspiration and content primarily from the historic records that document the history of Hofstra University, as well as the local and regional history of Long Island.
Contact Special Collections
Special Collections is currently open by appointment only. Non-Hofstra visitors must receive prior approval.