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About the University Archives


The University Archives, a division of Stony Brook University Libraries within Special Collections, acquire, preserve, and provide access to collections that document the history of Stony Brook University. 


The University Archives collect university-produced:

  • published reports.
  • class schedules and course bulletins.
  • speeches.
  • commencement programs.
  • photographs.
  • yearbooks.
  • newspapers and magazines.
  • master plans.
  • ephemera.
  • original print theses and dissertations (1965-2007).

The University Archives also maintain subject files on university activities and the Stony Brook Authors and Editors Collection, a print-based collection of faculty authored and edited books.

The collections supplement official records created and maintained by administrative and academic units.  Stony Brook University has a decentralized records management system. The University Archives do not have oversight of, or management of, records. Record access and retention at Stony Brook University is under the aegis of Audit Management and Advisory Services


Archival materials and collections can also be located in SBU Libraries' discovery catalog, SEARCH.

For preservation reasons, all items in Special Collections and University Archives are non-circulating and can not be borrowed. Materials can requested and consulted in our reading room. Collections are housed in closed stacks outside of the reading room and must be retrieved in advance of a  scheduled appointment. We are glad to schedule a time for your visit.