Nassau County Library Association (NCLA) is one of the nation’s largest and most active professional library associations, boasting over 1,000 members dedicated to improving the status of libraries and librarians in Nassau County, Long Island, New York.  Since its first meeting in 1934, NCLA has embedded itself in Nassau County’s community, providing over 80 years of service to the area. Our project, the NCLA Archives website, is a web exhibit and digital archive that explores how NCLA has served its community through the years by highlighting thirty-two digitized archival objects from the Association’s past.

Throughout the years, NCLA has maintained an archive of its papers and other related items, such as newspaper clippings about NCLA events. The collection, which begins with the minutes of the Association’s first meeting on Thursday, April 12, 1934, is currently held at the Farmingdale Public Library in Farmingdale, NY.  The largest component of the archives are meeting minutes, which detail the activities of NCLA and provide context for newspaper clippings and other ephemera.

This website highlights objects from the earlier years of NCLA’s history, beginning with a copy of the Association’s first meeting minutes and concluding with a copy of the February 1968 issue of NCLA News. The exhibit explores the first thirty-four years of NCLA’s civil service in Nassau County, and focuses on the Association’s advocacy for important social and political issues such as World War II efforts and censorship.