Historic Artifacts, Documents & Photos
Part of our mission is to collect, study and
interpret important and historic documents, photographs, and artifacts for the benefit of
the public. As time goes on, we will work to make more documents and photographs available
through this web site.
Lens Research | Artifacts |
Transcribed Documents |
If you are interested in volunteer
- Research -
Conduct research via the internet, and local and national sources.
Sources can include local libraries and historical societies, the
National Archives and Records Administration and
regional offices thereof, the
Coast Guard Historian's Office, and more.
Work can be
done from home or, if you're available, at various research locations. Work helps us
to learn more about our lighthouse heritage and can be used to help protect area
lighthouses via National Register
of Historic Places applications and
- Archives -
Organize and catalog information in our ever-growing archives. Our
archives include both original and duplicate documents and photographs. Work can be done
at our Patchogue office. Work helps us to protect and access information acquired by
our Research Team.
- Transcription -
Transcribe historic documents so that they can be made available to the
public via the internet and hard copies. Most of this work can be done at the volunteer's
home computer. This work helps us to share our acquired knowledge with the public.
Long Island lighthouse artifacts:
Transcribed documents currently available on our
Waiting for Transcription:
- 1820 Letter from the Secretary of the Treasury
documenting funds appropriated and spent since 1775 on lighthouses and related matters.
- 1845 Report of the Secretary of the Treasury
regarding an experiment using gas instead of oil as a fuel for lighthouse lamps.
- 1855 Treasury Department estimates for light-house
establishment appropriations for the year 1857
- 1879 government report on fog signal research during
the years 1865 to 1877, including research conducted at Little Gull Island.
- Various laws pertaining to lighthouses, such as the
Lighthouses Act of 1789
- Various local lighthouse documents, such as letters
from keepers to their superintendents (and vice versa), annual reports, land deeds for
lighthouses, and more.
- Old articles from newspapers and magazines
Early 1900s Long Island lighthouse images currently
on our site:
(many of these are from postcards in our collection):