Spy letters written by George Washington during the American Revolution. A history of the world published in 1493. The first map depicting Long Island as an island. Photographs of Stony Brook’s original train station. These are just a few examples of the one-of-a-kind, library collections awaiting for you to research in Special Collections and University Archives.
Stony Brook University’s collections of rare books, manuscripts, and archives comprise the largest repository of archival materials on Long Island. Special Collections and University Archives stewards these distinctive primary source materials. Items are housed in this separate section of the Melville Library, due to artifactual or monetary value, physical format, and rarity.
Special Collections was honored by the New York Board of Regents and New York State Archives, when it was awarded the “Annual Archives Award for Program Excellence in a Historical Records Repository.” All are welcome to schedule an appointment to access the collections. Visit the department’s website and research guide for more information. -Kristen J. Nyitray, Head, Special Collections and University Archives, University Archivist