Stony Brook University Libraries is the largest academic research library system on Long Island and maintains membership in the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), a non-profit consortium of 126 distinguished libraries in North America. The collections and services offered by the libraries are central to the academic success of students and facilitate the scholarship produced by world-renowned faculty.
Unique research materials are a rich source of scholarship. The Senator Jacob K. Javits Collection contains nearly two million separate items that document modern United States history and the career of New York’s longest serving state senator. The W.B. Yeats Collection is the most extensive collection of the famed Irish poet and author’s manuscripts housed outside of Ireland. In 2002, the department became the official repository for the international organization Environmental Defense Fund, whose efforts in 1967 led to the nationwide ban on DDT and the birth of modern environmental law.
Special Collections was honored in 2009 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.” In August 2012, the department’s guide to digital Long Island documents and books was lauded by The Scout Report, a division of the National Science Foundation’s National Science Digital Library (NSDL) Project.
The University Archives include material created by the University that is of enduring
or historical value. It is also the official repository for master theses and doctoral
dissertations in print format (through May 2007) and the Stony Brook Authors and Editors
Special Collections opened its doors in 1969, when Roger H. Guedalla and George Quasha of the Stony Brook University's Department of English purchased a modern literature collection that was comprised of books and manuscripts by the extraordinary group of authors and poets who had been involved with the Black Mountain College in North Carolina. The manuscripts are now housed within the Historic and Literary Manuscripts Collection and include original materials by Robert Creeley, Charles Olson, and Fielding Dawson. Special Collections and University Archives is the recipient of the 2009 New York Board of Regents and New York State Archives "Annual Archives Award for Program Excellence in a Historical Records Repository."
WHAT ARE SPECIAL COLLECTIONS?
Special Collections are library and archival materials in any format (e.g., rare books, manuscripts, photographs, institutional archives) that are generally characterized by their artifactual or monetary value, physical format, uniqueness or rarity, and/or an institutional commitment to long-term preservation and access. They generally are housed in a separate unit with specialized security and user services (source: Taking Our Pulse: The OCLC Research Survey of Special Collections and Archives, OCLC, 2010).
WHAT ARE ARCHIVES?
3. An organization that collects the records of individuals, families, or other organizations; a collecting archives.
4. The professional discipline of administering such collections and organizations.
5. The building (or portion thereof) housing archival collections.
6. A published collection of scholarly papers, especially as a periodical.
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