Special Collections at SUNY Plattsburgh

Rare and Archival Materials Focused on the North Country of New York State

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Our collection focuses on the northern New York State counties of Clinton, Essex, and Franklin, and the Adirondack and Champlain Valley regions. We also house general materials on New York State. We collect information in a variety of formats. Here you'll find monographs, periodicals, pamphlets and other ephemera, audio and video materials, photographs, maps, and manuscripts. Our card catalogs index manuscript guides, pamphlets, and local newspapers. They also include article-by-article indexing of periodicals relating to New York State.

Special Collections also contains the College Archives, the Plattsburgh State thesis collection, rare books, and the Rockwell Kent Collection (located conveniently in the same building as the Kent Gallery). Special Collections services (see below) include patron assistance (available during all hours that the collection is open), referral to other historical collections as needed, and individual and group orientation to the collection. Since Special Collections is a research collection, materials do not circulate. We welcome community researchers.

Find Materials in Special Collections in Several Ways

Our card catalogs index the following items:

  • Pamphlet Collection (also indexed in POLARIS)
  • Articles in periodicals relating to New York State (also indexed in POLARIS); these contain newspaper and periodical articles (1800-2006) held by Special Collections and relating to the Lake Champlain/Adirondack region.
  • Manuscript Collections
  • Maps

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Contact Information

For more information about Special Collections at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Debra Kimok, Special Collections Librarian
E-mail (for best results: kimokdm@plattsburgh.edu 
Tel. (518) 564-5206