State University of New York at Albany

State University of New York at Albany

M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives
Science Library 350
1400 Washington Ave
Albany, NY 12222, United States
The M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, collects, preserves, provides access to, and encourages use of the University Libraries' unique manuscript and archival materials. Major collecting areas include the New York State Modern Political Archive, the National Death Penalty Archive, the German and Jewish Intellectual Émigré Collection, and permanent records of the University at Albany, SUNY. While the materials held within Special Collections and Archives do not circulate, we are open to the public and anyone is welcome to visit and view the collections in our reading room or contact us for assistance. We are located on the third floor of the Science Library on the Uptown Campus.

Recently added Collections

College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Records, 2000-2015

Administrative records of the College, formerly known as the College of Computing and Information, contains programs in Informatics, Computer Science, and Information Studies.
Collection ID: ua670

Citizen Action of New York Records, 1986-2008

This collection contains the records Citizen Action of New York. Citizen Action of New York is a grassroots membership organization that fights for social, racial, economic, and enviornmental justice. Working closely with New York State politicans, community organizers, and activists, Citizen Action members hope to end the oppression of marginalized groups.
Collection ID: apap341

Alfred Werner Papers, 1903-1979

The Alfred Werner Papers contain typescripts of his writings on artists and art topics, as well as a small amount of correspondence, student papers, notes and research materials used for his writing. Werner's main focus was on Jewish art and artists.
Collection ID: ger096

Website of the University at Albany, 2003 January 17 - 2017 June 8

This collection contains daily and monthly captures of the top level domain for the University website:, as well as weekly captures of the University NewsCenter website: Webcrawling is managed through the Internet Archive's Archive-It service.
Collection ID: ua940

The New York Civil Liberties Union Records, 1998 December 5 - 2017 July 28

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is the preeminent statewide organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of individual civil liberties and civil rights in New York State. Founded in 1951, the NYCLU's mission is to defend and uphold the basic rights and liberties articulated in the Bill of Rights and to advocate, litigate and educate for the protection of civil liberties. Through litigation, legal counsel, advocacy and legislative lobbying, the NYCLU has, among many issues, protected political freedom during the McCarthy era, argued against the constitutionality of the Vietnam War, created the first project focused on the rights of mentally disabled, and was the first civil liberties organization to advocate for reforming the foster care placement system. Over the last thirty years, the NYCLU has advocated for issues surrounding voting rights and censorship, fought to end gender discrimination and school segregation in New York State schools, and defended the separation of church and state. The collection consists of legal case files, administrative records and other archival materials. The collection is being processed and is currently closed, unless permission to access is granted in writing from the NYCLU Executive Director.
Collection ID: apap331

Holding Our Own Records, 1983-2006

This collection documents the day-to-day activities of Holding Our Own, an organization established to incite and support feminist social justice in New York's Capital Region.
Collection ID: apap365

Albany County Civic Center Collection, 1984-1988

The Albany County Civic Center Collection documents the policy decisions that went into planning an arena in downtown Albany. Originally named the Knickerbocker Arena, it was later known as the Pepsi Arena and the Times Union Center.
Collection ID: apap004

Joseph Zaretski Papers, 1966-1970

Joseph Zaretzki was born in New York City on March 9, 1900. Zaretzki served in the U.S. Army during World War I and was a lawyer. Zaretzki was a member of the New York State Senate from 1948 through 1974 (23rd District 1948-1965, 32nd District 1966, 28th District 1967-1974) and was Senate Majority Leader in the 1960s. He was a member of the NAACP, American Legion, Freemasons, and Elks. Zaretzki died on December 20, 1981, with an extensive obituary for him on December 21, 1981, in the New York Times.
Collection ID: apap283

North American Fiddlers Hall of Fame and Museum Collection, 1970-1989

The North American Fiddler's Hall of Fame was created in 1973 in the Central New York area. Now called, the New York State Old Tyme Fiddlers' Association and North American Fiddlers Hall of Fame and Museum, the Association's mission is to preserve, promote, and perpetuate, the art of old time fiddling and the dances pertaining to this art. This collection contains tapes of interviews with significant fiddlers. The tapes located at the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives are the preservation copies that were created in 1999, while the originals reside at the North American Fiddler's Hall of Fame.
Collection ID: apap194

Abraham Hathaway Papers, 1825-1870

This collection contains the account book of a 19th century shoemaker and leather dealer near Taunton, Massachusetts.
Collection ID: mss077