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The Queens College Special Collections and Archives, part of the Benjamin Rosenthal College Library, comprises 4,500 cubic feet of primarily college records from 1937 to the present. Collecting began formally in the late 1960's, supplementing earlier efforts to preserve largely unorganized records. The department is especially interested in the materials that preserve the history of the Borough of Queens and the New York City region. Our collections are particularly strong in capturing the College’s history of excellence in the areas of Performing Arts, Literature, Politics, and Civil Rights.

Donate to the Department

The Archives are a resource for students and faculty as well as independent researchers across the nation. The department’s staff is engaged in innovative strategies to provide stewardship for the collections and increase their accessibility to the public. These efforts flourish with the support of donors like you. Gifts pay for the supplies and services critical to the mission of our department.

Please make checks payable to the Queens College Foundation. Please write in the memo field "For the Department of Special Collections and Archives, Queens College Libraries."  Call our office at 718-997-3650 with any questions about how to donate. Thank you for the support!

You can mail your donation to:

Department of Special Collections and Archives
Rosenthal Library, Room 317
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Queens, NY 11367-1597

Donating Materials

The Department of Special Collections accepts donations of materials that complement and strengthen existing areas of collection, including our general collections and/or the College’s academic programs. The Department will not normally acquire materials for which it does not have the resources to house, process, or preserve. Please contact us at 718-997-3650 or QC.archives@qc.cuny.edu. For more information, read A Guide to Donating Your Personal or Family Papers to a Repository.

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Department of
Special Collections and Archives

Queens College Libraries, CUNY
Benjamin Rosenthal Library RO317
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Queens, NY 11367-1597

Phone: 718-997-3650
Open to the public, but appointment requested. Please bring an ID and email or call for an appointment.
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