BROOKLYN COLLEGE LIBRARY ARCHIVES
AND SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
Accession Number #2009-004
Series 1: Books
Series 2: Clippings/Articles
Series 3: Miscellaneous
Series 4: News Clippings
Series 5: Cyclone
Series 6: Construction
Series 7: Military
Series 8: Park Businesses
Series 9: People
Series 10: Rides
Series 11: Scenery
Series 12: Special Events
Series 13: Bound scrapbooks
Awards / Plaques / Certificates
Awards / Plaques
Series 15: Certificates
Sub-Group V: Videos
Series 16: Commercials
Series 17: Cyclone
Series 18: Events
Series 19: History of… & Documentaries
Series 20: Movies
Series 21: News
Series 22: Promotions
Series 23: TV Shows
Series 24: CDs
Series 25: Slides / Negatives
6 bxs; 3 cu.ft.
1: Books /Manuals, Inclusive
dates: 1960-2008, 1˝ boxes, .75 cubic feet. Series
arranged in alphabetical order.
This series contains books that were
re-housed for archival purposes. Books
with bindings unsuitable for storage purposes were unbound and filed
together. There is a collection
of “Amusement Park Journals,” “All Time Locality Mayor, Inc.,”
“Stewardship Report: Dramamine Screamers 1983” and an entire
“International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Promotions
and Advertising Scrapbook” which is organized according to chapter.
2: Clippings/Articles - as organized by donor. Dates:
1975 thru 2003. ˝ bxs, .25 cubic feet. Arranged in no particular order.
This series contains clippings from
scrapbooks as well as bundled articles that were put into logical
chronological order by the donor. Most
are miscellaneous articles, however, they include topics such as “Cyclone
3: Miscellaneous, 2 boxes (one
oversized), 1.5 cubic feet. Series
Included here are files on ads for
Astroland, correspondence with the Albert family (particularly Dewey
Albert), information on the Cyclone’s 75th Anniversary, public
relations issues and other documentation of interest. This grouping also
contains 3 oversized photographs; of Astroland at Night, Cyclone with
riders, and Siren Fest.
4: News Clippings, 2 Boxes (One
oversized), 1 cubic foot. Series
arranged initially by topic and then alphabetically.
This series encompasses a slew of articles
and clippings collected by the donors, from the late 1970s to roughly 2007.
Topics include the Air shows that took place every Memorial Day
weekend at Coney Island’s boardwalk with various articles that appeared in
newspapers about Astroland. There
are also two folders with general business articles that the donor found to
be significant. Topics of these
articles include Disneyland, Disneyworld, and Six Flags Amusement Park.
Documents found here also relate to different events held at
Astroland over the years.
There is also one oversized box of newspaper clippings from different newspapers in the nation on Astroland and Coney Island items (dates: 1980s through 2000s).
7 bxs.; 3.5 cu. ft.
5: Cyclone, Inclusive dates: 1960-2008, 8
folders. Series arranged
alphabetically and then chronologically.
Here are the photos of various
anniversaries of the Cyclone while under the control of Astroland.
There are 70th - 77th anniversary photos in
addition to images of Cyclone’s advertisements, crew and people riding the
6: Construction, 9 folders.
Series arranged by topic and then alphabetically.
The series contains photographs of
different construction projects that took place at Astroland.
They include building the Pirate Ship and Centrifuge rides.
Also shown are miscellaneous photographs dealing with structural
7: Military, 7 folders. Series
arranged by event and then alphabetically.
Photographs include the different events
in which military flyovers and air shows were celebrated at Astroland and
Coney Island with aerial photos of Golden Knight parachute jumpers during
8: Park Businesses,
6 folders. Series arranged
This series contains photos of different
park businesses (both closed and open) including the sale of merchandise,
food stands, ticket booths, and games.
9: People, 5
folders. Organized by genre.
Miscellaneous pictures of people in/around
Astroland. Photos are sorted
by: street level, above street level, crowds, people alone, people at the
beach and people dressed up as Arabian Knights.
1 ˝ boxes, .75 cubic foot. Series
arranged by ride and then alphabetically.
Photos are of individual rides within
Astroland. They are filed both
in open file folders as well as in file envelopes depending on the amount of
pictures. The photos are taken of active rides as well as inactive rides.
Rides pictured include but are not limited to:
Tilt-a-Whirl, Enterprise, Astrotower, Break Dance, Himalaya, Kiddy
Park, so on and so forth.
11: Scenery, ˝ Box, .25 cubic feet
This series is comprised of various
photographs of scenic views around Astroland Amusement park and the area of
Coney Island. Topics include
Astroland signs, Coney Island at night, post cards with photographs on them,
and pictures taken around and of Astroland Amusement Park.
12: Special Events, 3 boxes, 1.5
cubic foot. Series arranged by event title.
These photos are of events that took place in Astroland (as well as Coney Island) over the years. Highlights include ‘Circus Day’, ‘Annual Twins and Multiples Day’, opening days over the years. Smaller events, where pictures were taken, are also catalogued in individual folders.
Sub-Group III: Scrapbooks 6 bxs; 3 cu. ft.
scrapbooks (oversized), Inclusive dates: 1970-2006
There are a series of 15
scrapbooks here, titled and untitled, some of which are still
being dismantled and re-housed by the college conservator.
Scrapbooks range from 1971 to 2006, the earliest of which,
“Scrapbook C,” ranges from 1971-1981. They cover events such as the day
Dewey Albert purchased operating
rights to the Cyclone and added it to the splendor of Astroland; also
included are events for handicapped children at Astroland, “Fire at
Astroland,” and an article on an employee falling to his death.
Clipping include the Cyclone, proposed baseball stadium in Coney
Island, Police Anchor Day in Astroland, roller coaster record of rides being
broken, fashion shows in Astroland, Cyclone birthdays, letters of thanks to
Astroland from a series of organizations, air shows, and cultural events
that took place in the park.
The last of the
scrapbooks covers the years of 1999, 2003, 2005, and 2006.
Topics and events include Palm Sunday 2005, opening weekends, Siren
festival, Twins Day, Liza Minnelli’s performance at Astroland and,
finally, articles on Thor Equities acquiring Astroland.
There are also articles from newspapers and magazines. Dates range from 1983-2003, with some that remain undated. The files are in order in which the articles were originally placed by the creator of the collection. Subjects of the articles include, rides, leasing rides, restoration of rides, reviews of the Cyclone roller coaster, air shows that took place at Astroland, games at Astroland and different events that take place at Astroland. Because these items were organized by the donor and creator, there are some pictures that have been included within it.
/ Plaques / Certificates, Inclusive dates: undated
3 bxs; 1.5 cu.ft.
14: Awards / Plaques, 2 oversized
box, 1 cubic foot. Arranged by
This series contains a plethora of plaques
given in recognition of dedication to the community over the years and were
presented to the Albert family and to Astroland Amusement Park.
15: Certificates, 1 box, 1 cubic
foot. Arranged in alphabetical order.
This series includes a number of proclamations by the office of the Mayor and from the Borough of Brooklyn President with autographed photos/posters of Air Show troops and their members.
15 bxs; 7.5 cu.ft.
16: Commercials, Inclusive dates:
1970-2008, 3 Boxes, 1.5 Cubic feet. Assorted Arrangement.
The videos here all contain commercials
which took place at Astroland or for Astroland.
Many of them are commercials appealing to the public to visit
Astroland. The early
commercials show average New Yorkers talking about going to Astroland, while
the later ones contain jingles sung (or rapped) to entice the public with
great deals for tickets to Astroland. One
of the commercials is in a foreign language.
Also, when nearing the end of these commercials, there is
occasionally a brief clip of an upcoming event advertising things like the
Mermaid parade, or Friday night fireworks.
There are also commercials that have took place at Astroland like a Dr.
Pepper soft drink commercial that used Astroland as the background, and
a commercial starring Billy Crystal on a visit to Astroland while trying to
promote New York as the site for the 2012 Olympics.
17: Cyclone, 1 Box, .5 Cubic feet. Assorted
This series focuses on the Cyclone
rollercoaster. There are videos
about the Cyclone and videos of
events for the Cyclone. The events that are on video have events such as the Cyclone’s
70th and 75th anniversary.
There are also several videos of parties that were thrown in honor of
the anniversary of the Cyclone and
18: Events, 3 Boxes, 1.5 cubic feet. Somewhat
This series of 4 boxes describe some of
the events that have taken place at Astroland, such as the Astroland Mermaid
Parade, miscellaneous events, Astroland Fireworks & Air show, and
Rugrats at Astroland. Some
videos contain first hand filmed events shot and produced as live footage,
while others with events that occurred earlier are edited. The Mermaid Parade, Rugrats at Astroland, and the Fireworks
& Air show are live with film production.
The miscellaneous box contains videos of the X-games at Coney Island,
tattoo contests, a lil’ G n’ R cover band performance, U.S. Navy Band
performance, and others. These
videos are mostly shot live.
19: History of… & Documentaries,
7 videos, Alphabetical arrangement.
This series contains the history of Coney
Island and Astroland, a documentary on an aspect of Astroland and what
occurred there. Particular
documentaries concern Wild Girls Go Go
Rama about a group of dancers who put on shows in Astroland.
Others contain an in-depth looks at how Coney Island began and how it
evolved from the early amusement parks to present day Astroland.
The other videos examine in depth certain aspects of Astroland, Coney
Island documentaries on the Astro
Tower, and the renovations to the Parachute
Series 20: Movies,
3 videos. Series arranged
alphabetically by title.
This series has several full-length
movies, and a rough cut of a filmed motion picture missing the audio track.
The movies are The Goodbye
People (1984), and Streets of Gold
(1987) and The Wiz (1981).
All these movies either take place in Coney Island at Astroland, or
contain a scene or two that takes place there.
The Wiz has a scene at the Cyclone
ride where they come across the Tin Man; Streets
of Gold and The Goodbye People
both take place on the boardwalk or at the beach. Both films show Astroland and Coney Island.
This is also true for the rough-cut film which was not finished and
in which the whole scene revolves around rides and games in Astroland.
21: News, 5 Boxes, 2.5 Cubic feet. Somewhat
There videos here are on VHS, and 2 on CD.
New York City’s local news channels (like Fox
5, NY 1, UPN 9, Channel 7) taped various events at Astroland. There are even some news items on people taking trips to
Astroland for the first time as well as videos on the opening day of
Astroland, rides, anniversaries of Astroland, events like Twins and
Multiples day or Mermaid Parade. There
is even data on the closing of Astroland and Thor Equities development
22: Promotion, 2 Boxes, 1 cubic
foot. Assorted arrangement.
This series contains videos on promotion
at Astroland, Coney Island, many of them about groups performing there.
There are promotions for BMX bicycle riders, family circus groups,
entertainment groups, singers, acrobatic stage performers, etc.
There are rough-cut videos for promotion of events that occurred at
Astroland; promotions of specific events like the annual Siren
Fest; and short spots describing certain events.
Series 23: TV Shows, 1
Box, .5 Cubic feet. Assorted
The tapes here involve Astroland and Coney Island on television shows. They range from talk shows like Conan O’Brien, reality shows, New York travel shows, like Subway Q & A, Travel Channel, and Born American Living Channel, where there are highlights of New York and what to visit in New York, such as Astroland. Some of them depict Astroland as the place not to miss if you live or are visiting New York. None of the shows are prime time television series.
VI: Miscellaneous Media
1 bx.; .5 cu.ft.
24: CDs, Inclusive dates:
2006-undated. Assorted arrangement. ˝ box, .25 cubic feet.
This series includes photographs of the
Cyclone’s 75th Anniversary and the first drop of the roller
coaster (with edited and non-edited photos) in addition to Astroland’s
Fourth Annual Twin Day held on July 23rd, 2006.
Also on view are a mailing list (2007) from the Astroland organizers
and a CD with seven TV spots for 2008 featuring Astroland Park.
25: Slides / Negatives. Assorted
arrangement. ˝ box, .25 cubic foot.
Series 25 has slides of aerial stunts by
different stunt parachuting teams. There are also images by photographer Todd Maisel dated May