Collection Facts

Extent: 
4730 items
Dates of Original: 
1900-2011
Collection Owner:

Historical Context

Freeport is a village in the town of Hempstead, Nassau County, New York on the South Shore of Long Island. A settlement since the 1640s, it was once an oystering community and later a resort popular with the New York City theater community. It is now primarily a bedroom suburb but retains a modest commercial waterfront and some light industry.

Scope of Collection

The collection consists of over 4000 historic photographs, newspaper clippings and postcards of Freeport, NY. The collection spans from the turn of the century up to Hurricane Irene in 2011. The collection is a microcosm of life in Freeport and depicts buildings, civic events, roads, businesses, maritime activity, severe weather events, portraits of individuals and families, etc. The majority of the collection is black and white photographs.