NEW: Watch the film "Stony Brook's First Alumni: Reunion and Reflections" From June 6 to June 8, 2014, a reunion weekend was held at Stony Brook University
and at Planting Fields at Oyster Bay (first campus), in celebration of the 50th anniversary
of the Classes of 1961, 1962, 1963 and 1964, and reuniting the Founders Group, classes
of 1961-1966. At Planting Fields, alumni were interviewed about their experiences
and reflections of their time at the Oyster Bay campus and transitioning to the new
campus in Stony Brook. Photographs from the University Archives are featured in the
16 minute film.
A full weekend of activities was planned and included: viewing an exhibition of archival
materials in Special Collections and University Archives; campus tours; a visit to
Oyster Bay; and inductions into the newly-established Brook Heritage Society, for
alumni who had celebrated their classes' 50th anniversary year.
Mission and Scope
The University Archives selectively acquire collections of historical value that document
Stony Brook University, including primary and secondary source materials dating from
the founding of the university through the present. Published reports, speeches, subject
files, photographs, yearbooks, newspapers, items that document campus life, master
theses and doctoral dissertations in hardcopy format (through May 2007) and the Stony
Brook Authors and Editors Collection, are represented in the University Archives.
Special Note: Records Retention
Stony Brook University has a decentralized records management system. The University
Archives do not have oversight of, or management of, department or unit records. Information
about records management at Stony Brook University can be found here.
Access to certain university records may be restricted. A record is: "Any information
kept, held, filed, produced or reproduced by, with or for an agency or the state legislature,
in any physical form whatsoever including, but not limited to, reports, statements,
examinations, memoranda, opinions, folders, files, books, manuals, pamphlets, forms,
papers, designs, drawings, maps, photos, letters, microfilms, computer tapes or discs,
rules, regulations or codes." (source:SUNY University-wide Policy and Procedures).
The State University College on Long Island held its first classes on September 17,
1957, on the grounds of Planting Fields, the majestic 350-acre former estate of benefactor William Robertson Coe. Classes were held in Oyster Bay while a new campus was prepared in the quaint community
of Stony Brook, on acres of woodlands donated by philanthropist Ward Melville. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held on April 8, 1960. The Fall of 2007 marked the
50th anniversary of Stony Brook University. Read more...
DSpace is an open source, institutional repository system created to publish and store
digital and electronic scholarship created by an academic institution. DSpace at Stony
Brook University is part of a cooperative initiative established by the State University
of New York to provide access to electronic publications and research produced by
its campuses. Originally designed at MIT, this software allows faculty and staff to
disseminate and preserve original works in electronic format. DSpace at Stony Brook
is administered by the University Libraries.
Access Stony Brook University Libraries' Digital Collections
DSpace at Stony Brook University is an active participant in the SUNY Cooperative
Institutional Repository Program. It is the official archival repository for electronic
files created by Stony Brook University. The University Libraries manages the implementation
process which includes the acquisition, distribution, and preservation of digital
Stony Brook University Libraries has populated the SUNY DSpace database with digital
content that supports research and teaching and with items that document the history
of the university. Examples of material already added are:
administrative documents (reports from the Office of the President, Office of the
Provost, and United University Professionals)
campus publications (issues of Long Island Historical Journal, The Brook, Stony Brook University Medical Center News)
records of university governance (University Senate, Arts and Sciences Senate)
theses and dissertations (2007 - present)
photographs of the university (1957 – present)
multimedia collections (videos of campus events and audio files of faculty/staff interviews)
technical reports (produced by the College of Engineering)
The next phase of the University Libraries' DSpace initiative is to acquire scholarship
and research in electronic form produced by the faculty and staff of Stony Brook University.
Additional personnel and resources are necessary to embark on this important project.
If these requirements are met, the Libraries will actively solicit digital content
from the campus community including: unpublished and published manuscripts; research
and data sets; technical reports; and multi-media presentations.
SUNY DSpace is hierarchically organized by "Communities." Each participating campus
is a "community" and can include of an infinite number of "sub-communities" or "collections"
depending upon the administrative needs of a campus. Additionally, each collection
can contain an unlimited number of digital objects or files. SBU DSpace is divided
into "Sub-Communities." Each sub-community represents specific units at Stony Brook
University; they include official colleges, schools, centers, academic departments,
and administrative departments.
Materials housed in the University Archives do not circulate, but researchers are
welcome to consult the collections by scheduling an appointment. Published books, newspapers, and official reports are open to all researchers. Items
can be located using STARS, the University Libraries' catalog. Materials housed in the University Archives are denoted with "Archives" as the location.
Access to certain university records may be restricted. Please contact the department
for more information. Freedom of Information Law requests (FOIL) may be submitted
directly to the Office of Management Analysis and Audit.