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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

SBU Libraries Trial Historic Map Works (ProQuest)

Historic Map Works provides access to over 1 million maps and to more than 1 thousand city directories from the United States and abroad.  This searchable collection contains materials from the 15th through 19th centuries.  The SBU Libraries will trial this

Posted in Arts & Humanities, Database Trials, Digital Collections, Electronic Resources, Geosciences, History, Maps

Play Culper Spies eGame this Presidents Day Week!

Presidents Day is next Monday, February 15th.  Wondering what you can do to feel a little more patriotic? Why not learn more about our nation’s rich history while fine tuning your research skills! For those looking for a game that

Posted in Game Studies, Get Your Read On, History, Information Literacy, Libraries, Library Instruction, Library Outreach, New and Notable

History Mystery?- Genealogy Resources at SBU Libraries

Whether for scholarly research or as a hobby, SBU Libraries have a number of important resources for genealogy. On February 25, the University Library Colloquium Series offers the opportunity to learn more about those resources and how they were used to

Posted in Government Information, History, Libraries, Research

Black History Month 2016

Black History Month (February 1 through 29) is a wonderful opportunity to navigate resources in the Melville Library which describe the multitude of events, places and contributions of peoples of African descent!  The following electronic sources are rich in content and provide

Posted in Africana Studies, History, Uncategorized

1777 American Revolution, Long Island Letter Acquired

Assemblyman Steven Englebright and Maria Hoffman examining letter in Special Collections.

Special Collections has acquired a Revolutionary War-era letter (1777) authored by Samuel Blachley Webb (1753-1807), an aide and secretary to George Washington. The acquisition was made possible through a grant awarded by Assemblyman Steven Englebright. Days after this writing, Webb

Posted in History, Special Collections & University Archives

Historic 1793 Document Conserved

Letter, George Clinton to Thomas Jefferson, 1793

A historic letter regarding the Montauk Point Lighthouse, written in 1793 and housed in Special Collections of the University Libraries, has been conserved. In the letter, dated 21 February 1793, George Clinton, the first Governor of New York, writes to

Posted in History, Manuscripts, Special Collections & University Archives

Honoring our Veterans

Tuesday, November 11 is Veterans Day, the date of the signing of the armistice in 1918 which led to the conclusion of the First World War. The following November, President Woodrow Wilson set aside November 11 as Armistice Day to

Posted in Government Information, History, Libraries

North American Women’s Letters & Diaries

North American Women’s Letters and Diaries is a fantastic database with thousands of pages of diaries and letters from over 1,325 women.  This is a powerful tool for historians, researchers, genealogists, students and those who are fascinated by first-hand accounts

Posted in Cultural Analysis & Theory, History, Uncategorized, Women's Studies, Writing and Literature, Writing and Rhetoric

Spotlight: Witchcraft

Witchcraft in Europe & America is a research database of Fulltext primary sources offering a wide range of writings on the subject of witchcraft from the 15th century to the early 20th century, including many rare and fragile manuscripts of eyewitness

Posted in Arts & Humanities, History, Social Sciences, Sociology, Spotlight, Women's Studies, Writing and Literature, Writing and Rhetoric