Sailors’ Snug Harbor, founded in 1801, was the first maritime home and hospital for retired sailors in the United States—and effectively the first nursing home in the country—offering food, lodging, healthcare and companionship. The Archives of Sailors’ Snug Harbor, a rich trove of records and photographs, reside at the Stephen B. Luce Library at SUNY Maritime College.
The archives of Sailors’ Snug Harbor contain incredible and largely untapped riches that tell overlapping stories of maritime history, New York City history, 19th literature and art, and medical and social history.
Portions of the collection have been digitized, thanks to generous funding from METRO.
The Sailors’ Snug Harbor Archives consist of 375 linear feet of documents, volumes, and photographs spanning 1797-2000.