Local History

Announcing the publication of
Jericho: the History of a Long Island Hamlet

This informative book was written by our Local History Librarian, Betsey Murphy.  It begins with the formation of Long Island in the Ice Age and continues with the Native American inhabitants, Dutch and English colonists and Quaker settlers.  It ends with Jericho’s transformation to a suburban community.  Copies of the book are available for a $20 donation.

Jericho Water Tower

Local History Librarian: Betsey Murphy

Hours: Check with the Reference Desk or call for an appointment

Phone: 516 935 6790 Ext. 28


The collection consists of more than one thousand books related to Jericho and its environs dating from the 1700s to the present. We have a small collection of rare books that range from a first edition of Christopher Morley’s Pleasure; The Life and Labors of Elias Hicks,1832; Nathaniel Prime’s History of Long Island, from its first settlement by Europeans to the year 1845, to A Memoir of Anna Willis, (late of Jericho) by her father Thomas Willis, 1854.


There are more than one thousand paintings, watercolors and sketches and photographs of local structures, maps, people and events in the collection.


Magazine subscriptions include LI ForumLong Island Historical Journal, Nassau County Historical Society Journal, Journal of Long Island History, Suffolk County Historical Society Register, SPLIA’s Preservation Notes, and The Oyster Bay Historical Society’s The Freeholder. Our newspapers are the Syosset/Jericho Tribune and the Jericho News Journal.


Forty archival boxes house manuscripts, diaries, letters, pamphlets, documents, memorabilia and clippings. We have twenty oral histories of local people on tape, as well as transcribed to paper. There are text and database genealogies of several prominent local families.


I will be happy to assist anyone with research on local history topics. Please call to ascertain that I have the proper information and am available to assist you.


Click here for Jericho’s History

Some of our pictures have been digitized and can be accessed through the New York Heritage Digital Collection website.


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