The Queens Memory team collaborates with community members to collect personal histories, images, and other records of life in the borough of Queens. These materials get a permanent home in the Library’s Digital Archives. Staff and volunteers showcase collection highlights on the Gallery page of the Queens Memory website.


Community History Event at the Ridgewood Library, January 27, 2016. Photographer: Maggie Schreiner

Queens Memory invites you to learn something about your neighborhood and share your stories at their live events. These free public programs include story sharing circles, scanning days for family photos, panel discussions on topics of local interest, oral history workshops, volunteer meet-ups, trivia nights, public art pop-ups, and multi-media exhibits.

Visit the Queens Memory website to see collection highlights exhibited on the Gallery page. Registered users can publish their own albums featuring items from the Library’s Digital Archives in the Gallery.


Miriam Todd with interviewer Ashley McBurnie at Cambria Heights Library, February 14, 2017. Photographer: Natalie Milbrodt

Queens Memory invites you to interview someone with an untold story of Queens; photograph your neighborhood; or record the sounds of your favorite local event. Attend their Volunteers in the Vaults meet-ups every other month to learn more about volunteer projects like these happening all over the borough.


Queens Memory invites you to share your images and stories using the upload tool on their website. You can also download the Queens Memory upload tool for your iOS or Android device. Approved photos and audio documenting Queens history will join the Library’s permanent archival collections, where they will be freely available to researchers. Anyone can contribute! Queens Memory also collects “wild sound” ambient recordings of public places and events in Queens, such as busy street corners or festivals.

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Contact the Queens Memory team to learn more about the Queens Memory program and how you can participate.

Educators, please visit Queens Memory's Teach page to see sample classroom and community projects. Contact the Queens Memory team to coordinate a free workshop for your group.