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New York Metro Area Local History Collection

Identifier: SCA-0101

Scope and Contents

The New York Metro Area Local History collection comprises photos collected by former Queens College Library and Queens Public Library (central division/archives) and QC alumnus William Asadorian. The majority of these photos date from approximately late nineteenth to mid-twentieth century, focusing on the subject of public transportation in the city.


  • 1911 - 1965


Conditions Governing Access

Appointments to examine materials must be made in advance. Please e-mail for more information or to schedule an appointment. The Personnel Series needs to be reviewed for restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproductions may be provided to users to support research and scholarship. However, collection use is subject to all copyright laws. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.


3.66 Linear Feet

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The collection consists of depictions of the greater New York City metro area, with a focus on life, architecture, transportation, and other subjects. 


Materials are arranged in received order. Photos are retained in received albums.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by William Asadorian on November 1, 2022.

New York Metro Area Local History Collection
Dani Stompor
Winter 2023
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Repository Details

Part of the Queens College (New York, N.Y.) Special Collections and Archives Repository

Queens College Library, CUNY
Benjamin Rosenthal Library RO317
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing 11367 USA us