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Long Island History & Genealogy Collections

Long Island: The Sunrise Homeland, 1939

Special Collections and University Archives is committed to providing excellent educational and research opportunities to the Stony Brook University community, visiting scholars, and remote users. Please contact the department for assistance.

An extensive Long Island book collection (more than 2,000 volumes) and the map collection can be searched using the catalog of Stony Brook University Libraries. To refine your results, narrow the "location" to "Special Collections."

Digital Collections feature the department's manuscript materials and books, including letters authored by George Washington about the Culper Spy Ring. 



Samuel Hopkins Miller Collection 
A collection of original account books, diaries, ledgers, correspondence, and land deeds dating from 1705 to 1967 that document several generations of the Miller, Tuthill, and Tillotson families on Long Island, New York primarily in the areas of Miller Place and Rocky Point in the Town of Brookhaven. Andrew Miller (1634-1717) of East Hampton settled in “Miller’s Place,” later named “Miller Place” on Long Island in 1679.

Robert M. Emery Long Island Rail Road Collection
Detailed pencil drawings of Long Island Rail Road tracks and surrounding geographic areas (Kings, Queens, Nassau, Suffolk), with explanatory notes by Emery; over 5,000 identified photographs and postcards of construction, employees, trains, depots, and other scenes; 262 timetables; and other material relating to the railroad (ca. 1885-1974).

Gala at Northport, Emery Collection

Long Island Land Deeds Collection
Collection of deeds (ca. 1759-1851). Surnames include: Wells, Downs, Swezey, Howell, Ferry, Corwin, Tuthill, Hallock, and Youngs.

Long Island Legal Documents Collection
Legal records, including bail pleas, licenses, notices of court appearances, court minutes, subpoenas, lists of jurors, and petitions, ca. 1784-1846. Surnames include Kissam, Nicolls, Roe, Sammis, Smith, Titus, Townsend, Van Wyck, Wickes, Willet, and Wyckoff.   

Richard Welch Collection
Extensive photograph collection of colonial gravestones; manuscripts; journals; correspondence, and published works.

Brookhaven Land Deeds Collection
Land deeds and documents pertaining to Brookhaven, New York, ca. 1780-1929. Surnames include Helme, Rose, Hawkins, Myhr, and Mott.


Long Island Documents, featuring George Washington LettersSpecial 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 and Marsha 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

Digitized Long Island Book Collection: read a curated collection of the department's scarce books about Long Island.

Digitized Edition: Long Island Historical Journal: the print edition of this peer-reviewed, scholarly journal founded by Roger Wunderlich at Stony Brook University has been digitized and indexed. Search and freely access thirty-two issues (1988-2008) of substantive, original scholarship about the history of Long Island - Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties - set in a regional, national and global context. In 2009, the LIHJ was renamed the Long Island History Journal.  

The Long Island Historical Journal

Long Island Postcard Collection
View postcards dating back to the late 19th century of Long Island scenes, landmarks, and homes.

Long Island Postcard Collection

Stony Brook University Archives
Research the history, people, and traditions of Long Island's largest research university.

First Graduating Class, 1961 

Specula Yearbooks
Access PDFs of the official yearbook of Stony Brook University from 1957-2006.


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