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Travel Channel’s “Mysteries at the Museum” Series Features Spy Letter

The Travel Channel’s popular series “Mysteries at the Museum” featured Special Collections‘ 1779 George Washington letter in this week’s new episode, in a segment about the Culper Spy Ring. A production team and film crew visited Special Collections last November

Posted in History, Library Outreach, Manuscripts, Special Collections & University Archives

Washington Spy Lecture and Letter Viewing Draws Capacity Crowd

Spies do exist in the archive! The Three Village Historical Society hosted a sold out lecture and viewing of Special Collections‘ 1779 George Washington, Culper Spy Ring letter at the Neighborhood House in Setauket on Monday, July 16. Significant to

Posted in History, Library Outreach, Manuscripts, Special Collections & University Archives

18th Century Lockwood Family Papers Restored

In 2017, Special Collections announced the acquisition of an important local history collection: papers of Eversley Childs (1867-1953) and family members who resided on Long Island, in New York City, and in Greenwich, CT. A segment of the collection, Lockwood family

Posted in History, Preservation, Special Collections & University Archives

Access HeinOnline Slavery in America & the World: History Culture, & Law at SBU Libraries

This database provides access to centuries of legal records and other documents related to the history of slavery in the United States and in other anglophone areas of the world.  Coverage extends into the 20th century.   Other resources for

Posted in Africana Studies, Databases, History

Libraries Colloquium Event “Unscattered Leaves” Caps Year-Long Medieval Manuscript Digitization Project

On April 19, 2018, the Special Collections Seminar Room in the Melville Library was standing-room-only when Stony Brook University Libraries welcomed students, faculty, staff, and community members to “Unscattered Leaves: Digitization of the Otto F. Ege Manuscripts.” The event, a special edition of the Libraries’ monthly Colloquium Series, was the culmination of the project and marked the official public launch of the new digital collection “Otto F. Ege: Fifty Original Leaves From Medieval Manuscripts.”

Posted in Digital Collections, Digital Humanities, Discovery and Digital Initiatives, History, Manuscripts, Preservation, Research, Special Collections & University Archives Tagged with:

New Podcast Highlights SBU’s Spy Letters

From the shores of Setauket in the late 1700s to the auction room at Christie’s, the new podcast “Washington’s Spy Letters” reveals the continuing evolution of the Culper Spy Ring’s historical significance. Part of the podcast series The Long Island History

Posted in History, Library Outreach, Manuscripts, Special Collections & University Archives

Diverse and Inspiring Works Showcased at Art Crawl

Thank you to all who attended the Art Crawl on March 28! The tour stops featured these diverse and inspiring works.   Special Collections, Melville Library – Unscattered Leaves: Fifty Original Leaves from Medieval Manuscripts, Western Europe, XII-XVI Century MFA student

Posted in Art, Arts & Humanities, Asian and Asian American Studies, History, Library Outreach, Manuscripts, Special Collections & University Archives

New in Special Collections: Pioneering Journalist Jane Howard Perkins

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Special Collections is highlighting its collections of trailblazing and pioneering women.   Jane Howard Perkins (1912-2011) was a resident of Old Field, Setauket, NY. She studied archaeology at Radcliffe (Harvard) and participated in early excavations at

Posted in Arts & Humanities, History, Journalism, Social Sciences, Special Collections & University Archives, Women's Studies

New Melville Library Display Features Medieval Manuscripts

collection recently published by Stony Brook University Libraries. Photographs from the Otto F. Ege compiled portfolio Fifty Original Leaves from Medieval Manuscripts, Western Europe, XII-XVI Century are featured. Special Collections, Stony Brook University Libraries owns portfolio “No. 19” of the 40 unique

Posted in Art, Arts & Humanities, Central Reading Room, Digital Collections, Electronic Resources, History, Library Outreach, Manuscripts, Melville Library, Music, Religious Studies, Special Collections & University Archives, Spotlight Tagged with:

Black History on Record: the Music Library’s Holdings

A small but rich subset of the Music Library’s sound recordings collection covers many landmark moments in Black history through music, literature, drama, activism and oratory.  Below are further details highlighting particular items of interest.  More will be added throughout

Posted in About Us, Africana Studies, History, Music, Social Sciences, Theatre