Montauk Library

Department: Special Collections
871 Montauk Hwy
Montauk, New York 11954
Phone: 631-668-3377
Fax: 631-668-3468
Aimee Lusty, Archivist -

Montauk Library


The Montauk Library is a School District Public Library. Operating funds for the library are collected through the School District appearing on your annual Town of East Hampton property tax bill. A board of seven trustees elected to serve five year terms govern the library. The trustees establish the policies of the library and administer the finances of the library. Day to day operations of the library are administered by the Library Director and well informed staff.

Montauk Library is a member of the Long Island Library Resources Council.


Welcome to Montauk

Photographs collected by Holden for his publications.

Sam and Bea Cox, c. 1950. Alice Houseknecht Collection, Montauk Library Archives.

Photographs of local business owners, motels, and hurricane damage in Montauk New York. 

Kitchen Line, Gosman's Restaurant, Labor Day Weekend, 1975.

Behind-the-scenes photographs of Gosman's Restaurant, Labor Day Weekend, 1975.

Carl Darenberg, Sr., the donor of this collection, stands in front of his boat, Foretenate.

A large collection of photographs that convey the importance of sportfishing to Montauk’s history and economic development.  

Carleton Kelsey Collection

A collection of postcards and photographs shedding light on pivotal periods of Montauk’s history.

Celina McDonald Seitz (1930-2017) Collection

A collection of photographs and documents relating to the McDonalds of Montauk.

Craig Scott Tuthill (1936-2016) Collection

Photographs and news clippings collected by Montauk native Craig Tuthill.

Dave Edwardes Collection

Photographs, including aerial views, of Montauk and the buildings that define it, along with group shots of people, and their organizations and activities, including a large number of photographs documenting the heyday of Montauk sportfishing.

Montauk Air Force Station radar tower and radome, 1980

Photographs of the Montauk Air Force Station, 1980.

Harry Bruno Collection

178 images, mostly Kodachrome slides, depicting the Brunos’ life in Montauk.

John H. Van Siclen Collection

A portfolio of gelatin silver prints taken in Montauk in 1900.

Margaret and George Potts take a break on one of Margaret's seaplanes.

A collection revealing the richly rewarding life created by Margaret Potts, pilot, and George Potts, fishing boat captain. 

Mead Family, Camping at HIther Hills, circa 1940s

Family photographs of camping in Montauk, N.Y. during the 1940s-1950s.

Montauk Fishing Collection

Historic photographs and maps of fishing in Montauk.

Montauk Historical Postcards

Historic postcards of Montauk, Long Island.

Montauk Land Use and Development

Historic photographs and maps showing land development in Montauk.

Montauk Maritime Collection

Historic photographs of maritime activites around the area of Montauk.

Montauk Military Collection

Historic photographs of various military installations on Montauk.

Montauk Oral History Interviews

Interviews from the collection of the Montauk Library, Montauk, NY

Montauk Social Life, Customs and Community Organizations

Historic photographs, advertisements, and maps of social life on Montauk.

Owen Clancy ( 1919?-2003) Collection

A small collection of early photographs that contribute to the story of Montauk's past.

Ray Smith Collection

The people and places of Montauk, captured in the photography of Ray Smith.

Richard T. Gilmartin Collection

Historic Montauk photographs, correspondence, postcards and advertising collected by Richard T. Gilmartin.

Robert G. Lamparter Postcard Collection

An important postcard collection of mostly Montauk views, collected by Robert G. Lamparter.

Pilot Clifford Windsor Sr., World War I, 1910s

Photographs documenting Montauk from the 1910s to the 1960s.