Business and Industry on Long Island Collection
The businesses and industries that fueled Long Island’s growth and economy were and remain various types. One could find baymen earning their living pulling fish and shellfish from the coastal waters, helping feed the nation’s love for seafood. Hotels were built to serve vacationers fleeing the stifling confines of 19th century New York City for the open country air out East. Numerous entertainment venues such as nightclubs, bowling alleys, and theatres served Long Island residents and visitors alike, providing them with entertainment and, at times, rambunctious nightlife. A trip down Main Street in any of Long Island’s villages saw untold day-to-day establishments such as banks, grocery stores and markets, laundries, liquor stores, clothing and shoe stores, and, later, mega shopping malls that almost put these smaller enterprises out of business. Each of these business generated a panoply of records and artifacts, some of which survived by sheer happenstance, tucked away into filing cabinets, desks, cabinets, and cupboards, only to be rediscovered and donated to the Long Island Studies institute for preservation and to assist in scholarly research.
This collection contains materials related to the history and growth of business and industry on Long Island. Included are artifacts and memorabilia, broadsides, business directories, ephemera, ledger books, promotional items and publications.