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Digital Collections

I. Long Island Collections: view 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.

II. Highlights from the Collectionsbrowse our expanding Pinterest site, featuring photographs of early university events and rare items from Special Collections.

III. University Archives: includes yearbooks, newspapers, photographs, and memorabilia from the University Archives dating back to 1957.

IV. International Collectionsfeatures more than 150 images of books showcased in the exhibition "A Wok Through Chinese Culinary History" 

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


I. Long Island Collections

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: 24 September 1779

Letter authored by George Clinton, 
to Thomas Jefferson, 21 February 1793

George Washington letter: 26 September 1780

George Clinton letter: 21 February 1793

James Jay letter: 9 January 1808

Benjamin Tallmadge: 8 July 1781

Nathaniel Woodhull: 4 March 4 1776

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 the books:

  • 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. 
Long Island Historical Journal
  • 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. 
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