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I. Long Island Collections
Explore and research Revolutionary War-era documents, including letters authored by George Washington,  Nathaniel Woodhull, George Clinton, and James Jay; unique and scarce books; and the Long Island Historical Journal.

Long Island Historical Postcards (Flickr)
Long Island Historical Postcards (Content dm) 

Charles Henry Miller Collection
Comprised of 45 oversized plates, Charles Henry Miller’s drawings of regional landscapes, bucolic nature scenes, and buildings were etched by August Barry; the engraved etchings on paper were published in New York in 1889. Miller (March 20, 1842–January 21, 1922), who resided in Queens and East Marion, New York, was known for his prose, paintings, and sketches. A recipient of many prestigious art awards and prizes, his works were exhibited around the world in the late 19th century. Poet Bayard Taylor referred to Miller as “The artistic discoverer of the little continent of Long Island.”

Long Island: Documents
Special Collections acquired two exciting American Revolutionary War-era letters authored by George Washington that document spy activities in Setauket, NY during 1779 and 1780. The purchase of these letters was made possible with a generous gift from Dr. Henry Laufer and laid the foundation for the establishment of a Long Island Historic Documents Collection. The collection includes primary and secondary source material on the history of Long Island from the earliest settlers through the present, with a strong emphasis on the period of the American Revolution through the War of 1812 (1764-1812).
Visit the LibGuide for  George Washington and the Culper Spy Ring for more information and resources about this topic.

George Washington letter: September24,  1779
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George Washington letter: September 16, 1780
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George Clinton letter: February 21, 1793
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James Jay letter: January 9, 1808
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Benjamin Tallmadge letter: July 8, 1781
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Nathaniel Woodhull: March 4, 1776
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Long Island: Books and Journals
Long Island Historical Journal
A peer-reviewed, scholarly journal founded in 1988 by Roger Wunderlich at Stony Brook University (SBU). 

Click  here to access these Long Island titles:

Taylor, George. Hale-site. Huntington. N.Y.: The Author, 1897.Long Island Railroad Company. Cyclists' Paradise: A Guide for Cyclists with an Accurate Map Showing the Roads and Cycle Paths of Long Island : with Notes, Suggestions, Runs, Hotels and Time Tables Sufficient to Enable Any One to "Lay Out a Trip" Intelligently. Long Island City, N.Y.: Issued by the Long Island Railroad Co, 1899.

Museums at Stony Brook. 19th Century American Carriages: Their Manufacture, Decoration, and Use.Stony Brook, N.Y.: Museums at Stony Brook, 1987. 

Belle Terre Estates. Belle Terre, Home of the Belle Terre Club, Port Jefferson, Long Island. New York, N.Y.:Belle Terre Estates, 1920.

Port Jefferson Company. Belle-Terre, "The Tuxedo of Long Island". S.l: s.n, 1900.

Flint, Martha Bockée. Early Long Island, A Colonial Study. New York [etc.]: G.P. Putnam's sons, 1896.

Gabriel, Ralph Henry. The Evolution of Long Island; A Story of Land and Sea. Port Washington, N.Y.: I.J. Friedman, 1968.

Armbruster, Eugene L. The Ferry Road on Long Island. New York: [Printed by G. Quattlander], 1919.

Fuller, Myron L. The Geology of Long Island, New York. Washington: Govt. Print. Off, 1914.

Strong, Thomas M. The History of the Town of Flatbush in Kings County, Long-Island. New York: T.R. Mercein, Jr., printer, 1842.

Amsterdam Development & Sales Co. Malverne, Long Island. New York: The Company, 1900.

Moss, R. Maurice. Our Colored Folks of Nassau and Suffolk Counties, Long Island, N.Y. A Study of the Conditions of the Colored Population in Twenty 
Communities and an Inventory of Resources for Work with Them. Mineola, N.Y.: Young Men's Christian Association Nassau and Suffolk Counties, 1920.

Fraser, Georgia. The Stone House at Gowanus, Scene of the Battle of Long Island. New York: Witter and Kintner, 1909.  

II. University Archives
Includes yearbooks, newspapers, photographs, and memorabilia from the University Archives.

III. Jacqueline M. Newman Chinese Cookbook Collection
Features more than 150 images of books showcased in the exhibition "A Wok Through Chinese Culinary History" 

IV.  Senator Jacob K. Javits Digital Collection
Access print, audio, and video content highlighting Senator Javits’ bipartisanship activities and accomplishments during his career. 

V.  Max Fink M.D. Digital Collection
Includes nearly 7,000 items (20,000 pages) of Dr. Max Fink's original notes on experimental psychiatry, outgoing letters to colleagues, professional writings, and an autobiographical memoir completed in 2017. 

VI.  Otto F. Ege: Fifty Original Leaves from Medieval Manuscripts
Study the Ege-compiled portfolio “Fifty Original Leaves from Medieval Manuscripts, Western Europe, XII-XVI Century.” Special Collections owns portfolio “No. 19” of the 40 unique sets created by Ege. The rectos and versos of each leaf, context cards, and housing have been photographed and fully described in accordance with Dublin Core and VRA metadata standards. The University Libraries created the collection to increase accessibility to the manuscripts and to aid efforts by students and scholars to “virtually” reconstruct the books from which the scattered leaves were taken.

VII. WUSB 90.1 FM: Abbie Kearse Collection
Listen to three interviews conducted by Abbie Kearse, a Peabody Award winning television producer and writer, when she a teenager and staff member at WUSB 90.1 FM. The interviewees are musicians Billy Idol, David Johansen, and Eric Bloom (Blue Öyster Cult).
Access the MP3 Files
Finding Aid for the Collection

VIII. AIDC 100 Archive
The George Goldberg Memorial Digitization Project is named in honor of AIDC industry pioneer George Goldberg. Founded in 1997 with his wife Teddy, SCAN Newsletter and the international edition were important sources of information and communication within the AIDC industry. Issues have been digitized and can be freely accessed online.
SCAN Newsletter (Automatic Identification and Data Capture)  (September 1977 to December 1996)
SCAN Newsletter: International Edition (Automatic Identification and Data Capture)  (November 1982 to October 1984)

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