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Special Collections Acquires Rare Nautical Chart

Nautical chart of Long Island, 1860, by Charles Copley.

Special Collections has acquired an extremely rare 1860 nautical chart or maritime map of Long Island by Brooklyn-based publisher Charles Copley. Copley’s chart covers Staten Island to Montauk, inclusive of the Connecticut coast, Long Island Sound, Long Island, New York

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Special Collections to Participate in Culper Spy Day

Letter, George Washington to Benjamin Tallmadge, 1780

Celebrate “Culper Spy Day: Our Revolutionary Story” on Saturday, July 23! A collaboration of more than 15 local institutions and organizations, an activity-filled day of community events will highlight the amazing history behind George Washington’s Culper Spy Ring. Special Collections will

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SBU’s Class of 1966 Visits Special Collections

Visit of Class of 1966, June 4, 2016

SBU’s class of 1966 visited Special Collections and University Archives on Saturday, June 4. As part of festivities for their 50th class reunion, alums attended an open house in Special Collections and University Archives, which featured an exhibit of photographs, newspapers, yearbooks, and

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Special Collections Spotlighted on

Long Island: The Sunrise Homeland: Island-wide Survey of Communities, 1929.

Special Collections is featured in The Weekly Genealogist on, a research portal by the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEGHS). Founded in 1845, the NEGHS is the largest and oldest genealogical society in the United States. Featured website: Long Island

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Special Collections Poetry Archives

Whitman, Walt, and Valenti Angelo. Leaves of Grass. New York: Random House, 1930.

This April marks the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month. Available for research use in Special Collections are the archives of prominent poets, including William Butler Yeats, John Ciardi, Allen Ginsberg, and Jorge Carrera Andrade. Acclaimed poets Kofi Awanoor, Robert Lowell, Gwendolyn

Posted in Arts & Humanities, Special Collections & University Archives

Melville Library Features Unique Comic Books

"The Amazing Spider-Man," July 1976

Comic books from Special Collections are featured in three of the Melville Library’s first floor display cases. Case one highlights the July 1976, issue #158 of The Amazing Spider-Man – “Hammerhead is Out”! Set at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Spiderman finds

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Special Collections Event: “Confucius: His Thoughts About Food”

"Confucius: His Thoughts About Food" on May 4, 2016

Join us on Wednesday, May 4 at 1pm for “Confucius: His Thoughts About Food,” a lecture by Dr. Jacqueline M. Newman.  Though he taught over 2,000 years ago, Confucius (551–479 BCE) remains a major force in Chinese thinking: and his

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“Edith the Welder”: Papers of Edith Gentile

Ida Gentile, circa 1940

Special Collections announces the opening of the Edith Gentile Collection. One of the first female stainless steel welders to work for Republic Aviation Corporation in Farmingdale, New York, Ida Gentile (known as Edith) was born in 1924 to Italian immigrant

Posted in History, Italian American Studies, Special Collections & University Archives, Women's Studies

ACH 102 Students Transcribe Rare Document

Isaiah Thomas letter, 1805

Students in professor Kristina Lucenko’s ACH 102 course visited Special Collections and transcribed an original letter dated September 24, 1805. Written by Isaiah Thomas in Boston, MA, he requests that his “esteemed friend” facilitate payment for bibles that he produced

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History of Costumes and the Arabian Nights Discussed at Writers Series

On Tuesday March 22, an engaged audience of students, faculty, staff, and community members attended the second event of the spring 2016 University Libraries Writers Series: A Conversation with Celia Marshik and Ruth (Sue) Bottigheimer. Costumes were incredibly popular in

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