Pearl River Public Library

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Pearl River Public Library

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Local History and Archives

Telling the Story of Pearl River

The Library has photographs and ephemera dating from 1872 to present that are significant to the history of the establishment and development of the hamlet of Pearl River. Subjects of interest include the history of the Library, the Dexter Folder Company, Julius Braunsdorf, Lederle Laboratories, local cemeteries, fire departments, civic organizations and the Pearl River Schools. Many of our materials, such as the Mary Merli Schiavi and George Springsteen Collections, have been generously donated to the Library by individuals in the community. 

The Library is interested in obtaining archival materials from local residents. All donations will be accepted only after they have been reviewed by library staff to determine if they would be an appropriate addition to our collection.

These archival materials are generally available for view by appointment only. For more information please contact Jim Cassetta at 845-735-4084, ext 139.

Have a local history or genealogy question? Email Jim at

Local History Resources

at the Pearl River Public Library

Lists of resources, reference and circulating materials in the PRPL collection relating to Rockland County, Orangetown and Pearl River history.

View these resources here...

Hudson River Valley Heritage

Pictures from our archive...and others

Explore digital content from libraries and cultural heritage institutions that document the rich history of New York’s Hudson River Valley. Discover photographs, diaries, correspondence, artwork, newspapers, oral history interviews, and more that contribute to the story of the people, places, and events that make this region exceptional.


View the Hudson River Valley Heritage website here...