Celebrating Earthstock: “Green” Special Collections and Library Research Guides

Robert Cushman Murphy

Robert Cushman Murphy

For the past 15 years, Earthstock has been a SBU annual tradition in celebration of Earth Day. The festivities will take place on the Academic Mall today, Friday, April 20. Special Collections has several important collections that document environmental history and advocacy including the papers of:

 

Environmental Defense Fund in 2002, the Special Collections became the official repository for the Environmental Defense Fund, whose efforts in led to the nationwide ban on DDT and the birth of modern environmental law. EDF is a public membership, non-profit organization of scientists, lawyers, economists and citizens dedicated to improving environmental quality. Incorporated in 1967 in the hamlet of Stony Brook, its founding members were scientists, citizens, local activists and legal minds (many affiliated with SBU) who demonstrated the toxicity of dichloro-diphennyl-trichloro-ethane (DDT) in a class action suit against Suffolk County Mosquito Control Commission. 

 

Robert Cushman Murphy Collection: Long Island naturalist Robert Cushman Murphy was an American ornithologist and Lamont Curator of birds at the American Museum of Natural History. In 1951, he led the expedition that re-discovered the Bermuda petrel, or cahow, a bird believed to have been extinct for 330 years. The author of more than 600 scientific articles, his book on the region, Fish Shape Paumanok: Nature and Man on Long Island, was published in 1964.

 

Additional library resources include research guides for:
Environmental Art, Architecture & Design
Environmental History
Environmental Humanities
Marine & Atmospheric Sciences

Environmental Defense Fund

Environmental Defense Fund

 

 

Kristen Nyitray

Kristen Nyitray

Associate Librarian; Director, Special Collections and University Archives; and University Archivist at Stony Brook University Libraries
Contact her for research assistance with rare books, manuscript collections, historical maps, and SBU history. E-mail: kristen.nyitray@stonybrook.edu.
Kristen Nyitray
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