The University Archives selectively acquire collections of permanent 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 and Disposition Policy
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).
Resources on records management can be found at:
Freedom of Information Law requests (FOIL) are managed by the Office of Management Analysis and Audit.
University History and Collections
Administrative History and Facts
Photographs, Multimedia, and Social Media
University History Projects
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.
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.