Blog Archives

New Acquisition: 1775 Brookhaven Land Deed Signed by Culper Spy

Special Collections has an exciting new acquisition just in time for Culper Spy Day: an original manuscript land deed signed by Culper Spy Ring member Caleb Brewster and Justus Roe, brother of spy Austin Roe, transferring land from Selah Hulse

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

Special Collections Acquire Childs and Lockwood Family Papers

Special Collections has acquired an important local history collection. The papers of Eversley Childs (1867-1953) and family members, who resided in Crane Neck, Village of Old Field, NY, New York City, and Greenwich, CT, were donated by Childs’ great-granddaughter, Wendy

Posted in History, Manuscripts, New and Notable, Special Collections & University Archives

Memento Mori: The Richard F. Welch Collection

Learn about the history and artistry of early Long Island gravestones (1680-1801) through the Richard F. Welch Collection. Comprised of hundreds of photographs, negatives, and research notes, the collection documents gravestones, stone carvers, symbols, cemeteries, and people that lived from

Posted in Anthropology, Art, Arts & Humanities, Books, History, Manuscripts, Research, Social Sciences, Special Collections & University Archives, Spotlight

Special Collections Highlights the Papers of Naturalist Mary Fletcher

Naturalist and educator Mary Fletcher (1899-1989) authored “A Survey of the Algae Found in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden” in 1936. In honor of her accomplishments and Women’s History Month, Special Collections is featuring her papers, which are open and available

Posted in Manuscripts, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, Special Collections & University Archives, Women's Studies

Special Collections Featured in Faculty Publication

Professor Paul Firbas’ recently published article features a rare book from Special Collections, SBU Libraries. In “Hemispheric Knowledge: Sarmiento de Gamboa and His Texts on the Strait of Magellan” (Annales de Literatura Chilena, December 2016, v. 17, no. 26), Firbas

Posted in Arts & Humanities, History, Manuscripts, Maps, Special Collections & University Archives

Special Collections Highlights Presidential Letters

Among its rare books and documents, Special Collections has presidential letters authored by George Washington and a letter addressed to Thomas Jefferson by the first governor of New York, George Clinton. The first Presidents Day was an unofficial holiday on February

Posted in History, Manuscripts, 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

MUS 520

MUS 520 (“Bibliography and Research Skills”) is a five-week course offered every fall for new students in the Music Department’s Doctoral of Musical Arts program in performance.   This year there are over 20 students in the course.  As Head

Posted in Academic Subjects, Arts & Humanities, Books, Catalog, Databases, Information Literacy, Interlibrary Loan, Libraries, Library Instruction, Manuscripts, Melville Library, Music, Reference, Research, Services, Special Collections & University Archives, Writing and Literature

Daniel and Karen Moran Pledge Major Gift to Special Collections

Dr. Daniel T. Moran and Karen Moran: Why We Made a Planned Gift to Stony Brook After pledging a residuary bequest that states the Morans will leave a portion of their estate to the University’s Department of Special Collections, Dr.

Posted in Manuscripts, Special Collections & University Archives

Trial Database: Archive Finder (formerly ArchivesUSA)

Archive Finder brings together ArchivesUSA and the cumulative index to the National Inventory of Documentary Sources in the UK and Ireland (NIDS UK/Ireland), previously available on CD-ROM. ArchivesUSA is a current directory of over 5,600 repositories and more than 175,000 collections of primary source material across

Posted in Database Trials, Electronic Resources, Manuscripts, Special Collections & University Archives