The Thomas R. Bayles Local History Room, located in the Adult Department, is a room full of local history. Most of the books, pamphlets, postcards and photographs were donated by Mr. Bayles in 1976. The collection was dedicated in his honor on October 4, 1980. The portrait of him by Audrey Swanson Marlow that hangs in the room was donated by his wife, Gertrude Bayles and his son, Donald M. Bayles.
Mr. Bayles lived in Middle Island all his life. He was born February 4, 1895 and died June 29, 1977. He spent most of his life working for the Long Island Rail Road. He got his start in the freight office at Camp Upton during World War I. His father, Richard M. Bayles, had been a Suffolk County historian who wrote several books on the history of Suffolk County.
Scope of Collection
Collection of paintings of historic landmarks in Coram, Ridge, Yaphank and various other sites on Long Island, using watercolors. These were painted by Peter Haase and donated by Donald M. Bayles. Also included in the collection are engravings of military officers and government officials from the 19th century and photos from a prisoner of war camp in WW2.