SUNY Oneonta is a comprehensive, public, liberal arts and sciences college with 6,000 students. Milne Library contributes to the overall mission of the college by providing resources and services to meet the intellectual and academic needs of students, faculty, and staff. The library, named after James M. Milne, Oneonta Normal School’s first principal, is responsible for keeping and maintaining several special collections unique to the library and the college and are housed in the Alden Room. These collections enhance and support the educational mission of the library and college.
The collection contains letters, sheet music manuscripts, memorabilia and books from Griffes’ personal library that offer insight into the musical training and personal progression of Charles Tomlinson Griffes. The collection documents the formative years of Charles Tomlinson Griffes containing 28 original letters written during his early adulthood while studying music in Berlin, Germany, 1903-1906. The letters are addressed to Miss Mary Selena Broughton, his former piano teacher at Elmira College and his mother, Clara Griffes. A number of sheet music manuscripts of Griffes’ most important works: “Sonata,” “White Peacock” and “The Lake at Evening,” are included. The poetry that played an important role in Griffes’ musical process is represented in the collection by numerous books from his personal library.
This collection contains historical information about the Oneonta Normal School, also known as Old Main. Included in this collection are newspaper articles, photographs, and memorabilia items related to the school.
This collection contains papers about James M. Milne, who was the first principal of the Oneonta Normal School. Included in this collection are articles, correspondence, photographs, and other ephemera related to Milne.