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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

Join Us on a Free Art Crawl! Friday, April 7 from 3pm-6pm

The University Libraries is pleased to be part of the campus-wide Art Crawl on Friday, April 7 from 3pm-6pm. This free, guided tour of galleries begins at 3pm in the Charles B. Wang Center Zodiac Gallery, but please join us at

Posted in Art, Arts & Humanities, Library Outreach, Special Collections & University Archives

From the University Archives: Flashback Friday – 60 Years of The Statesman

2017 marks the 60th anniversary of Stony Brook University’s first student newspaper, The Statesman, founded in 1957 with the name Sucolian (an acronym for State University College on Long Island).   The newspaper has been digitized; it can be browsed

Posted in Special Collections & University Archives, Stony Brook University

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

From the University Archives: Flashback Friday – Stony Brook Union

Looking back and looking forward: the Stony Brook Union is currently closed for renovation, and 50 years ago today this photograph was taken as it was being built (February 1967).  Designed by famed architect Jan Pokorny, it was constructed of concrete

Posted in Special Collections & University Archives

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

Special Collections Highlights International Darwin Day

Among the rare books in Special Collections is Charles Darwin’s The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals, published by Appleton and Company in 1897. International Darwin Day is Sunday, February 12 and commemorates the birth of Darwin in 1809. 

Posted in Biology, Ecology and Evolution, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, Special Collections & University Archives, STEM

Culper Spy Ring Display at SBU Southampton Library

The SBU Southampton Library is proud to present a display on George Washington and the Culper Spy Ring for the month of February. Kristen Nyitray, Head of Special Collections and University Archives,  provided the material and the background on this

Posted in Academic Subjects, History, Maps, Southampton, Special Collections & University Archives

Turmoil Radio: A Trove of Punk Rock Music History & Culture

The Turmoil Radio Collection documents the 24-year run of Steve Kreitzer’s radio program on WUSB-FM (90.1 FM) – the world’s longest running punk rock radio show. Beginning in 1980, the show became a vital part of the Long Island punk and hardcore

Posted in Arts & Humanities, Music, Special Collections & University Archives