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About the University Archives

When was Stony Brook founded? What was the first major? How many times did Pink Floyd perform on campus? When did Wolfie and the Seawolves make their first appearances? The answers to these questions and more can be found in the University Archives, the library division that maintains and preserves materials that document the history of Stony Brook University.

Learn about SBU history through our new website. You can access information from the menu bar above (University Archives - University History) or click here. If need more help, please contact us.


The University Archives, a division of Stony Brook University Libraries within Special Collections, acquires, preserves, and provides access to collections that document the history of Stony Brook University. The collections supplement the official records created and maintained by administrative and academic units. 


Stony Brook University has a decentralized records management system. The University Archives does 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

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


Archival materials and collections can be located through the  STARS catalog by limiting the library to "Archives." 

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.

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