Donating to the Archives

About the collection
The Montauk Library Archives collects and preserves materials documenting the history, culture, and community members of Montauk.

What we accept

  • Photographs (with subjects and locations identified)
  • Letters
  • Personal papers
  • Diaries
  • Reports/surveys
  • Maps
  • Oral histories
  • Scrapbooks/albums
  • Community cookbooks and family recipes
  • Home movies/videos/audiotapes
  • Brochures/fliers
  • Captains’ logs
  • Posters
  • Organizational records
  • Books/manuscripts
  • Memorabilia
  • Digitized photo and video*

The materials should be derived from and relevant to the history and culture of Montauk and its surrounding communities. Read our full collection policy here.

Why donate your collection?
Your story matters! The Montauk Library Archives is committed to organizing, preserving, and making donations accessible to community members for generations to come. We want our community members to see themselves represented in the historical record of Montauk. Your collection helps to enrich our community’s collective memory.

How to donate
Contact the Archivist with a description of your collection. Include the format of the materials, the time period it covers, and any locations or subjects documented in the materials. If accepted, you will be asked to sign a Deed of Gift transferring your property over to the Montauk Library Archives. Bring your materials to the library or arrange for a pickup.
Phone: 631-668-3377 x104

*Donating Digital Collections
The Montauk Library Archives accepts collections of digitized materials when donors prefer to keep original materials. This can include scans of personal photography and family film collections. Scans can be made by the Archivist or the donor according to our digitization guidelines.

Attend one of our upcoming Community Scanning Days, hosted on the first Thursday of each month, to donate a digital copy of your materials. Click here for more information.