Penfield Library Archives and Special Collections Department is at the heart of teaching and learning at SUNY Oswego. The College Archives was established to preserve, maintain and foster an appreciation of the history and enduring value of SUNY Oswego. The Archives is comprised of historical records and documents of administrators, Departments, faculty, staff and students. Special Collections' local history collection includes material that focuses on the historical, political and cultural heritage of Oswego County or the surrounding Central New York region.
The family papers consist primarily of surveying notes generated by, or collected by, various members of the Babcock and Foster families of Oswego County, New York. The bulk of material can be attributed to A.H. Foster, who surveyed Williamstown and Amboy between [1930 and 1870]. The collection also includes field notes, maps, deeds, and mortgages from various surveyors and residents of Oswego County.
The Save Our Shores papers contain correspondence, minutes of the group meetings, and petitions produced by the organization. The papers also include press releases, newspaper clippings, and pamphlets on the group's activities. These papers represent the significance of public interest groups in preserving their surroundings.
The collection contains correspondence with various public and private firms requesting specialized services. It also includes orders, diagrams of machinery, and descriptions of problems associated with faulty products.
Professional collection of Dr. Virginia Radley, the eighth president of SUNY Oswego. Dr. Radley, the first woman president of a state-operated campus in the SUNY system, led the way to bolstering Oswego’s strong commitment to academic quality. She shepherded the establishment of the college’s Honors Program, Quest day of scholarly and creative activity and other endeavors that continue to provide depth and diversity to the Oswego experience.
The diary consists of transcripts of daily activities during Stowell's voyage west across the American continent. Mentions flooding in the Missouri River in the spring of 1850, the community of Great Salt Lake, and numerous other sites he encountered during his voyage. He also discusses his failure to "make it rich" and his return to Oswego by sea.
Anthony Slosek’s autobiography focuses upon Oswego, New York during the early part of the twentieth century. His work discusses in detail his early days in grammar school, high school, the Great Depression, prohibition, the trolley system, the introduction of the automobile, and other important events in Oswego’s history. Included are papers on Oswego’s East Side, early property grants and the history of transportation in Oswego.