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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 | Early 1900's Lighthouse Images

If you are interested in volunteer opportunities, please contact us.

  • 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 public education.
  • 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 site:

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):