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Title
Muriel and Julian Kane Collection

Collection Number
SC 324

OCLC Number
In-process

Creators 
Muriel Kane, 1927-2017
Julian Kane, 1924-2010

Provenance 
The collection was donated in two accruals; the first accession was donated in 1992 and the second in 2015.

Extent,Scope, and Content Note 
The collection is comprised of 6 cubic ft. of Muriel and Julian Kane's correspondence, memoranda, and research files concerning public library affairs and environmental concerns in Levittown and Great Neck, as well as other locations in Nassau County and Long Island, New York. The date coverage is 1950 to 1992. Mr. and Mrs. Kane worked jointly on many projects and their papers reflect this partnership.

Arrangement and Processing Note
Processed by Special Collections in 2006.
Finding aid updated and revisd by Kristen J. Nyitray in June 2019.

The papers are arranged in the order they were received and have been decribed in three series:
Series 1: Levittown, Town of Hempstead, County of Nassau, Long Island
Series 2: Levittown Public Library, Nassau Library System
Series 3: Long Island Environmental Activities

Language
English 

Restrictions on Access
The collection is open to researchers without restriction.

Rights and Permissions 
Stony Brook University Libraries' consent to access as the physical owner of the collection does not address copyright issues that may affect publication rights. It is the sole responsibility of the user of Special Collections and University Archives materials to investigate the copyright status of any given work and to seek and obtain permission where needed prior to publication.  

Muriel and Julian Kane transferred and set over to the Stony Brook Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation assisting in the development of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, all of their rights, title, and interest, including copyright interests and literary property rights to their papers.

Citation 
[Item], [Box], Muriel and Julian Kane Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Stony Brook University Libraries.  

Historical Note
Community activists in Nassau County, New York. Murial and Julian Kane were involved in public library affairs both in Levittown and in Great Neck. Mr. Kane became involved in zoning issues shortly after they moved to Levittown and continued after their move to Great Neck.  The Kanes moved to Levittown in the fall of 1952 and chose this location because it was within walking distance of the storefront library. Mrs. Kane became involved during the McCarthy era in opposing an early community petition to close the public library and transfer it to the schools, which was supposed "to save taxes," but which in effect would have been a form of censorship. Mrs. Kane was involved with the planning and construction of the Levittown Library in 1963. Shortly after its completion, the family moved to Great Neck, where Mrs. Kane also became involved in public library affairs and construction, chairing the building committee.

Mr. Kane, a micro-paleontologist and geologist by training, published numerous papers in these fields, as well as in the areas of oceanography and environmental affairs. His career included science administration in the fields of cancer research, atomic energy and teaching earth sciences in public high schools and geology at Hofstra University. He also consulted on local water issues. Early during their residence in Levittown, he became involved in zoning and planning and its effect on neighborhoods as a result of development and attempts at spot zoning.

Subjects
New York (State) -- Levittown.
Public schools -- New York (State) -- Levittown.
Public schools.
Levittown (N.Y.) -- History.
Public schools -- New York (State) -- Levittown.
School boards -- New York (State) -- Levittown.
Public schools.
School boards.
Environmental protection.
Zoning -- New York (State) -- Long Island.
Real property -- New York (State) -- Long Island.
Politics and government
Real property.
Zoning.
New York (State) -- Long Island.
New York (State) -- Nassau County.

INVENTORY

Series 1: Levittown, Town of Hempstead, County of Nassau, Long Island

Box 1
Appleby Beach – Conservation (1960)
Civic Education (1962) (2 folders)
District 5 – Campaign (1962)
District 5 – Education (3 folders)
District 5 – Education (1961) (3 folders)
District 5 – Schools (1960) (2 folders)

Box 2
School Campaign (1957) (2 folders)
School Campaign (1958) (2 folders)
Education and Industry (1964)
Elections (1958-1961)
Hempstead Township – Civic Council (1958-1959)(2 folders)
Larkin and Leonard – Republicans (1959-1961) (2 folders)
Larkin, Edward (1959)
Levittown (1957)

Box 3
Levittown Council (1957-1967)
Levittown – Education (1962)
Levittown – Social Profile (1961)
LPOA (1958-1959) (3 folders)
LPOA (1957-1962)
LPOA (1960-1962)
LPOA – Zoning General (1958-1961) (2 folders)
Mid-Island – Plaza Taxes (1960-1961)
Miller, Ira (1959)
Nassau Planning Commission (1958-1959)
Prayer, Schools (1962) (2 folders)

Box 4
Sanitary Districts (1959)
School Literature Election (1959-1960)
School Politics (1963)
Sitter’s Cooperative (1958-1959)
Taxpayer Committee (1959)
Traffic (1959)
Traffic (1961)
Youth (1955-1958) (2 folders)
Zoning (1958-1960) / See box 14 for map: Levittown Zoning Map
Zoning – Elsie and Henry Schwartz (1959)
Zoning – Gas Stations (1958)
Zoning – Hamlet Road (1958-1959)
Zoning – Professional (1959-1960)
Zoning – Ronald Lewis (1959)
Zoning – Suburbia (1954-1962)
Zoning – Ted S. Galdstone (1959)
Zoning – Wetlands (1961-1963)

Series 2: Levittown Public Library, Nassau Library System

Box 5
American Library Association (1958) (2 folders)
Levittown Public Library – Costs
Levittown Public Library – Friends of the Library
Levittown Public Library – Grievance Committee
Levittown Public Library – Kane
Levittown Public Library – Minutes, Budget Studies (1956)
Levittown Public Library – Minutes, Budget Studies (1957) (2 folders)
Levittown Public Library – Minutes, Budget Studies (1958) (2 folders)
Levittown Public Library – Minutes, Budget Studies (1959)
Levittown Public Library – Minutes, Budget Studies (1960)
Levittown Public Library – Minutes, Budget Studies (1961)
Levittown Public Library – Minutes, Budget Studies (1962)

Box 6
Levittown Public Library – Minutes, Budget Studies (1963)
Levittown Public Library – Policies and Bylaws
Levittown Public Library – Public Relations and Publicity
Levittown Public Library – Site and Building (3 folders)
Levittown Public Library – Survey (1958-1959) (2 folders)
Libraries – Freedom of Information
Libraries – Personnel, District Search, Salaries
Libraries – School District 26
Library Trustees Forum
Nassau Library System (2 folders)

Series 3: Long Island Environmental Activities

Box 7
Bonner Henry M.: contour map of Land of Henry M. Bonner (note: see Box 14 for map)
CAP Program (1984-1990)
Chlorination
Cross-Connection Controls (3 folders)
Environmental Impact Statement
Environmental Publications – American Scientist
Environmental Publications – The Conservationist (June-July, 1966) (Kane pp. 12-13)
Environmental Publications – Environmental Record
Environmental Publications – Micropaleontology (July, 1956)
Environmental Publications – The Micropaleontologist (July, 1953)
Environmental Publications – Miscellaneous
Environmental Publications – Models of Foraminifera (1950)
Environmental Publications – Natural History (March, 1967) (Kane pp. 22-27)
Environmental Publications – Natural History (Jan., 1969) (Kane pp.48-51)
Environmental Publications – Nature (Oct., 1969) (Kane p. 164)

Box 8
Environmental Publications –The 1969 Star Awards (Kane pp. 44-45)
Environmental Publications – Science Teacher (March, 1964) (Kane p.27)
Environmental Publications – Science Teacher (Feb., 1969) (Kane pp. 34-37)
Environmental Publications – Science Teacher (July, 1969) (Kane p.204)
Environmental Publications – Science Teacher (Feb., 1970) (Kane pp. 24-26)
Environmental Publications – Sea Frontiers (May-June, 1968) (Kane pp. 176-186)
Environmental Publications – Underwater Naturalist (July, 1977) (Kane pp. 10-13)
Garden City – Waterfile (1980-1989) (2 folders)
Great Neck North Water Authority
Groundwater Remediation (1979-1989) (folders 1-3 of 4)

Box 9
Groundwater Remediation (1979-1989) (folder 4 of 4)
Hydrology Zones (1982-1988)
Jamaica Water (1988)
Lloyd Aquifer (1980-1981) (note: see box 14 for map: Roosevelt Field Water Connections, Lloyd Aquifer)
Long Island Water Court Case (1988-1990) (folders 1-8 of 12)

Box 10
Long Island Water Court Case (1988-1990) (folders 9-12 of 12)
Mitchell Creek (1967-1970) (note: see box 14 for map: Great Neck)
Mitchell Creek (1971)
Mitchell Creek (1972)
Mitchell Creek (1973, 1977-1979)
Mitchell Creek (n.d.)

Box 11
Nassau County Department of Health Article X (2 folders)
Nassau – Hydrologic Zone Revision (1981-1983)
Nassau Sewer Study (2 folders) (note: see box 14 for map: Flood Hazard Areas)
National Air and Space Museum
PSC Reimbursements (1988-1989) (2 folders)
SLUDGE (180-1990) (2 folders)
SPDES Permit

Box 12
Special Ground Water Protection Areas (1984-1992)
Urey, Harold C.
Water Management Study (1975-1978) (5 folders)
Water Management Study (1979-1980) (1 of 3 folders)

Box 13
Water Management Study (1975-1978) (2 and 3 of 3 folders)
Water Management Study (1981-1982) (2 folders)
Wetlands (2 folders) (note: see box 14 for map: Stream Classifications)

Box 14
Map: Contour Map of Land of Henry Bonner
Map: Flood Hazard Areas
Map: Great Neck
Map: Levittown Zoning Map
Map: Roosevelt Field Water Connections, Lloyd Aquifer
Map: Stream Classification
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