Explore Inmate (Resident) Records and Portraits

Explore Operational Documents and Photographs

Background:

Thanks to a  generous grant from the New York Metropolitan Library Council (METRO), a sampling of 638 objects from the Sailors’ Snug Harbor Archives were digitized in 2006. These items generally relate to the operation of the facility, and also include photographs of resident life.

In 2015 the Stephen B. Luce Library  was awarded a second METRO grant to digitize 1500 portraits and 1500 register pages documenting residents of the Harbor (historically referred to as “inmates”). This project provides open access to genealogical data in the records and sheds light on maritime life in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

These digitized collections are available through Digital Culture of Metropolitan New York, a site that provides online access to digital collections of libraries, archives, museums and historical societies located in and around New York City.

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