Stony Brook Special Collections And University Archives Wins State Archives Award
Recognized for Program Excellence in Historical Records Repository
STONY BROOK, N.Y., December 8, 2009 —Stony Brook’s
Special Collections and University Archives
has received the 2009 Annual Archives Award for “Program Excellence in a Historical Records Repository.” The
Board of Regents
New York State Archives
present this award annually to an organization in the state that exemplifies excellence in an archival program.
Special Collections and University Archives at Stony Brook University Libraries has been a vital repository of research collections for the campus community, visiting scholars, and the general public for forty years. The materials that the department provides access to offer abundant opportunities for discovery and scholarship and include: 25,000 monographs and serials; 500 collections; 1,000 maps and atlases; and the University Archives.
“It is honor to have my department recognized for its commitment to excellence,” said Kristen J. Nyitray, Head of Special Collections and University Archives. “We are dedicated to preserving and providing access to distinctive collections that enrich the scholarly endeavors of our faculty, students, and visiting researchers.”
Christine Ward, New York State Archivist, commended Stony Brook “for its outstanding archival program that contributes significantly to understanding the region’s history.” The University was lauded “for its well-organized and managed archives and for its efforts to provide access to the county’s documentary heritage through interesting exhibitions and excellent educational programs for school children.”
The annual Archives Awards program recognizes outstanding efforts in archives and records management work in New York State by a broad range of individuals and organizations. The award was presented at a luncheon ceremony at the Cultural Education Center in Albany.