Park Museum Collection Profile
Fire Island National Seashore

Collection Summary

Historical, archival, archeological and natural history collections make up a significant part of Fire Island National Seashore's cultural resources and illustrate the park's history. Furnishings, paintings and decorative arts of the Floyd Estate span the years 1665-1975 and represent the changing uses of the property, from plantation to summer home and site for naturalist research, the latter tying the Estate to Fire Island National Seashore's broader focus on the natural landscape. The significance of the historical collection stems not solely from familial association, (William Floyd was a signer of the Declaration of Independence) but from its collective significance as a reflection of Long Island's history.

Archival materials include the Floyd family manuscripts and records (1665-1975), photographs, architectural drawings and manuals related to the Fire Island Lighthouse and the Keeper's Quarters (1850s-1980s). The park also has growing archeological and natural history collections. Significant elements of the holdings include:

William Floyd Estate Furnishings
William Floyd Family Papers
Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Collection
Natural History Collection
Archeological Collection

Collection Size 105,726
Facilities Exhibiting Museum Items Fire Island Light Station
William Floyd Estate Main House
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