Local History

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Originally established by a donation of materials from historian Verne Dyson (author of A Century of Brentwood), the Brentwood Local History Room contains books, primary sources, and artifacts documenting the history of Brentwood and the Village of Modern Times as well as Long Island, Suffolk County, and New York State. You are welcome to explore the collection and archives and discover unknown materials with the aid of a librarian. 


Local History Room Hours

Sunday By Appointment
Monday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday By Appointment

Evening and weekend hours are by appointment

To make an appointment, please call 631-273-7883 ext. 131

Local History Room Services

  • Brentwood Genealogy Group
  • Local history and genealogy reference questions
  • History programs 
  • Native plants programs

Our Collection

  • Assemblyman Phil Ramos Genealogy Papers
  • Long Island History books and pamphlets
  • Brentwood History books and pamphlets
  • Brentwood History scrap books
  • Newspaper Archives
  • Long Island Forum and Index
  • Artifacts from Brentwood’s History
  • Brentwood History Displays
  • Brentwood History Power Point Presentation
  • Genealogy Reference Collection
  • Heritage Quest Database for genealogical research
  • Photographs and map collection on Brentwood History
  • Long Island History VHS & DVD’s
  • Brentwood Real Estate Brochures
  • "Brentwood Bulletin” 1957-1960
  • Brentwood High School Yearbooks
  • Verne Dyson’s Scrap books and manuscript
  • Brentwood Historic Post Card Collection
  • Dr. Edward Newberry’s Phrenology Drawing Collection
  • Oral History Collection
  • Primary Documents Collection
  • New York Times Historical Database 1851-2001