The Huntington Town Clerk’s Archives offers a unique experience to those interested in education and culture. School groups, from fourth grade through twelfth, and adults, study the repository’s historic records for research. The Manuscript collection consists of over 300 volumes and 45 linear feet of material dating back to 1653, the founding date of the Town. It includes Indian deeds and patents, chattel mortgages, thatch and underwater leases, highway, Town accounts and assessment/tax records, documents pertaining to the Revolutionary Era and the Civil War, town records regarding the origination and functions of Town government, court records dealing with all aspects of life since the establishment of the Town, vital statistics, as well as election, Health Board, school, Receiver of Taxes, abolition of slaves, Overseers of the Poor and Trustees records.
Various services are available as part of the Archives Outreach program.
Tours are offered to any one interested in local history.
All day programs are offered to school groups studying local history as part of their Social Studies curriculum or conducting research for term papers and history projects. Students have a chance to view some of the documents in the Archives and participate in different activities. Archival materials do not circulate.
Internships for high school and college students, volunteers and interns who wish to work on processing, indexing and genealogy projects are welcome at The Huntington Town Clerk’s Archives.
Workshops to train teachers in methods of researching and using historic records to enhance their school curricula.
The Archives is open Monday-Friday, except holidays, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
The conditions of research use must be consistent with the institution’s archival policies for care and preservation of its collections. All copying of archival material is done on the premises. The charge per copy is twenty-five (.25) cents. Many of the documents are fragile or oversized, therefore, frequent copying is avoided. In order to ensure that space is available, researchers must make an appointment in advance of a visit. The Archivist can be reached at (631)351-3035 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Students who are interested in serving internships or completing an independent Study Course are encouraged to apply. Internships are unpaid, but may be taken in conjunction with course work with the permission of the student’s institution. Publications/Educational packets Publications are produced by the Archives for the purpose of supporting exhibits or to provide information about our holdings. They are available to anyone free of charge.
Titles available from the Archives include:
The Coat of Arms
The Formation of Our Government
The Liberty Flag
The Town Seal
Reflections of the Pasr – A Brief History of the Town of Huntington Supplemented with Compilations
Our Legacy of the Civil War
The Revolution in Huntington
Educational packets for teachers & students include:
“The Declaration of Rights of the Town of Huntington, 1774”.
Presentations and Exhibits Exhibits
are an essential part of the Archives public and educational outreach program that demonstrates the value and benefit of historical records. Documents are displayed to commemorate different events such as Municipal Clerks’ Week, Black History Month, Women’s History Month and Independence Day . Some of our exhibits include: “Our Town Huntington – Reflections” during the official opening of the Archives, in May 1995. The exhibit touched on the origination of the Town, the school system, the Revolutionary War, the earliest churches in the Town, and views of buildings and main streets of the Town prior to the 1920’s. “A Colonial Holiday Season” was our theme during Christmas of 1995. Scout groups were asked to create ornaments used by Huntingtonians during the colonial period providing that they do all the required research at their Public Library. “The Shores of Ketewomoke: Waterways of Huntington” was the 1996 exhibit. The exhibit included documents and photographs from the Archives and a diorama of life size Matinecock Indians witnessing the arrival of the first settlers at Huntington Harbor. An activity packet was also prepared that included puzzles, useful information on the local Indian tribes and discussion questions all based on the exhibit. The exhibit peaked the interest of the youngsters who participated to such a degree, that the local history curriculum of their school was expanded to include the study of the pirates in this area.
We have created a new activity of historic trivia, “Who’s Who?” available in our online library. Correctly identify all three Town officials in colonial dress and win a three-volume copy of Town Records. Our most recent publication is the Newsletter 2008 .
Antonia S. Mattheou
Town Clerk’s Archives
100 Main Street
Huntington, NY 11743-6991
351-3035 or 351-3216