The Staten Island Historical Society has long been a publisher of books and journals that explore American life and especially the Island's history. Back in the 1970s we contributed the photographs for the definitive book on Alice Austen called Alice's World. The museum has plans for a new book on Austen featuring many previously never-seen-before images recently digitized from the originals.
Among the most notable recent publications:
Staten Island Historian
Historic Richmond Town's journal, The Staten Island Historian, began publication in January 1938. The first issue featured articles by several of the officers of the Staten Island Historical Society in its earliest years at Richmond Town, including Loring McMillen, William T. Davis, Burton A. Kollmer, Charles C. Stoddard, and Lefferd M.A. Haughwout, and topics included the Voorlezer's House, a history of basketmaking on Staten Island, and a list of all the people who had donated artifacts to the museum's collection from 1933 through 1937.
Through the following decades, the quarterly journal continued to explore a wide variety of fascinating topics in local, regional, and national history. Although the topics are far too numerous to list in their entirety, some notable articles and series include Dr. Henry G. Steinmeyer's reminiscences about growing up on Staten Island (1939-1940); a study of Staten Island architecture by Loring McMillen (1941-1943); a history of Prohibition Park by Charles Earle Funk (1952); the planning and building of Staten Island's bridges by Herbert Reed (1965); the terra cotta industry and the Atlantic Terra Cotta Company by Hildegard J. Safford (1974); the story of Staten Island in the American Revolution by Harlow McMillen (1976); the press on Staten Island by Charles L. Sachs (1986); "The Freedom Seekers: Staten Island's Runaway Slaves" by Ronald David Jackson (1996); historical archaeology at the Dutch Reformed Church site at Historic Richmond Town by Richard T. Clark (2000); and "Langston Hughes: A Season on Staten Island" by Andrew Wilson (2010).
Made on Staten Island
Made on Staten Island: Agriculture, Industry, and Suburban Living in the City, by Charles L. Sachs, was published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name. It provides a richly detailed history of Staten Island's growth and development from its agricultural and maritime beginnings, through its 19th-century industrial development, and on to its transformation as a suburban community.
Staten Island Scenery
Staten Island Foundation, Historic Richmond Town and the Staten Island Museum have teamed up to publish a book and produce a film that celebrates the beauty of Staten Island throughout the centuries.With support from the
Released in December 2013, Staten Island Scenery 1679-1900: Paintings, Prints, Drawings and Photographs by Barnett Shepherd is a rich, picturesque tabletop volume that features scenic vistas of the Island, the Manhattan skyline and the busy New York harbor.