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Special Collections and University Archives on Instagram

Learn about the university’s one-of-kind library collections and university history on Special Collections and University Archives’ Instagram account. Pictured here: A medieval woodcut illustration from the University Libraries’ oldest book:  Schedel, Hartmann, Anton Koberger, Michael Wohlgemuth, and Wilhelm Pleydenwurff.  Liber chronicarum. Nuremberg: Anton

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Greetings from Long Island: Digitized Postcards

Main Street, Looking West, Huntington, L.I., N.Y., undated.

View more than 100 of Special Collections’ digitized postcards of Long Island. Dating from the late 1800s, this curated collection of postcards depict scenes spanning from Far Rockaway to Montauk. The collection was donated by Cornell Jaray in the 1980s.

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Culper Spy Day Celebrated By Special Collections

Culper Spy Day in Special Collections on July 23, 2016.

Special Collections proudly participated in “Culper Spy Day: Our Revolutionary Story” on Saturday, July 23. A collaboration of 17 local institutions and organizations, an activity-filled day of events from Oyster Bay to Port Jefferson highlighted the amazing history behind George Washington’s

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Special Collections in New Exhibition at the Long Island Museum

Groundbreaking at SBU, April 6, 1960.

Political buttons, photographs, and ephemera from Special Collections and University Archives are exhibited at the Long Island Museum of American Art, History, and Carriages in Stony Brook. Part of the new installation, “Long Island in the Sixties,” the items culled

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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 AmericanAncestors.org

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

Special Collections is featured in The Weekly Genealogist on AmericanAncestors.org, 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

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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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