This past year, the New York State Archives awarded the College of Staten Island a $10K exploratory grant focused on documenting the Willowbrook State School .
On Tuesday, May 10, the grant consultant’s report will be issued, and CSI’s Library Archives and Special Collections will host a tour of the Willowbrook sites at 2:15 p.m., followed by a public reception at 4 p.m.
A Celebration of the Donation of Papers to the
Willowbrook State School Archives of the College of Staten Island
by Bernard Carabello and Diana McCourt .
Elizabeth Connelly , former assemblywoman
Diana McCourt , parent of a former resident of the Willowbrook State School
Bernard Carabello , former resident of the Willowbrook State School
Marlene Springer , president, CSI
College of Staten Island
Library Archives and Special Collections
Building 1L, Room 216
Staten Island NY
Tuesday, May 10, 2005
At the 4 p.m. reception, Mrs. Connelly , Mrs, McCourt, and Mr. Carabello will be speaking.
“This archive project is a healing project,” says Mrs. McCourt , and “although much of the official state and court records about the Willowbrook State School have been collected, this project is special in documenting the activities of families, caregivers and the people who lived in Willowbrook. In this great project our separate stories: sad; heroic; funny and desperate; become part of a whole history. It is a sacred trust that the stories held here will inspire future holy warriors to defend against such horrors ever happening again.”