The museum collection of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island includes approximately 390,000 individual artifacts and over 1 million archival records, which represent the cultural and natural histories of both Liberty and Ellis Islands. The collection consists primarily of site-related materials that the National Park Service is legally mandated to collect and preserve and contributes to the Park's interpretive themes. These materials are used to educate and inspire present and future generations about the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island through exhibits, research, interpretive programs, publications, and the media.
Significant items in the museum collection include 1886 models of the Statue of Liberty sold to raise funds for the Statue's construction; a number of letters exchanged between Auguste Bartholdi (designer of the Statue of Liberty) and Joseph Pulitzer (publisher of the New York World newspaper); immigration documents such as inspection cards, passports and steamship tickets; and personal items families brought with them through Ellis Island.
Bob Hope Memorial Library
On May 2, 2008, President George W. Bush signed into law H.R. 759, a Congressional bill which renamed the Ellis Island Library into the Bob Hope Memorial Library.
The library serves as a gateway to the park's museum and reference materials, housing several archives and collections pertaining to the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, American immigration history, and the National Park Service.
The library is open for research by appointment only: Call (646) 356-2160 or email us.
Last updated: January 24, 2023