In 1976, the Stephen B. Luce Library of SUNY Maritime College became the repository of the Sailors’ Snug Harbor archives. In 2008, the library received a second set of materials. Together, these two deposits cover the period 1797-2000, and consist of 375 linear feet of documents, photographs, and bound volumes that pertain to the Harbor’s residents and the management of the Staten Island and North Carolina facilities, as well as “inmates’” lives at sea.

Guide to the Sailors’ Snug Harbor Records

Records in the collection were transferred from two locations. The first set came from the Staten Island facility, location of the retirement home from 1833­-1976. These records deal mainly with the daily operations and management of the Harbor. They were contained in three large sea chests and on open shelves located in the attic store room of the administration building. The second set of records came from the Harbor’s Manhattan office on Greene Street. These records deal mainly with the business of the institution and the administration of the trust. Provenance and original order of the records from each location were retained by the archivists and treated as separate series within the finding aid.

Finding Aid Revision Project

Luce Library Archivist Annie Tummino is working on a revision project to clarify the intellectual description of the Sailors’ Snug Harbor records and to bring the finding aid in line with current standards, including Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS) and Encoded Archival Description (EAD). Check out the “new but still under contruction” finding aid here!


The Sailors’ Snug Harbor Archives are accessible by appointment. Please contact the Stephen B. Luce Library at or (718) 409-7231 for more information or to schedule a visit.

Portions of the collection have also been  digitized and are available online.