The Research Library contains books, unpublished manuscripts, periodicals, oral history interviews, photographs, video, poetry and research files relating to the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, immigration history and the National Park Service. These resources can be used on site only. Public services include assisting researchers, photo duplication and general reference services. All researchers are required to sign a research agreement. The Library is open to the public Monday through Friday; researchers are advised to make appointments in advance.
The Research Library
The Research Library holds a large collection of photographs recording the history of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island. It contains numerous historic and current images of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Some unique collections include immigrant photographs taken by Augustus Sherman and Colonel John Weber, both employees of the Immigration and Naturalization Service; the Ludmila K. Foxlee papers on immigration aid societies at Ellis Island; the Maud Mosher papers on conditions of detained aliens and Gino Speranza's 16 volume collection of political and social criticism on immigration.
National Park Service technical reports are available on the following topics: administrative histories of the Statue of Liberty National Monument, 1952-1982, general management plans, Archeological Overviews and Assessments of Ellis Island and Liberty Island, History Resource Studies of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Historic Structure and Existing Conditions Reports of the architectural structures and features of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, and various visitor services and museum exhibit reports.
Last updated: February 26, 2015