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CUNY Archives

All CUNY archives and special collections on one page.


This site is a compendium of all CUNY archives and special collections websites and was compiled by the LACUNY Archives and Special Collections Roundtable. Whenever possible, contact information is provided. 

CUNY Archives



Baruch College Archives

The Baruch College Archives collects and preserves records that document the history, mission, and daily functioning of Baruch College, as well as materials pertaining to people, activities and events associated with the College. Please see our Collecting Policy and Mission Statement for more information. In addition, the archives are responsible for keeping and maintaining several special collections which are unique to Baruch College and which are physically housed in the archives.

Contact: Jessica Webster, 646-312-1672,



Borough of Manhattan Community College Archives

To preserve the history of the BMCC College and community, we collect publications and official records of the college, including catalogs, reports, yearbooks, brochures, minutes of meetings, and announcements, for use in the library only.

Contact: Tania Colmant-Donabedian, Adjunct Archivist,



Bronx Community College Library Archives

Archives & Special Collections collects, preserves, and makes available primary and secondary materials that document the history of Bronx Community College. Our mission to acquire and preserve materials is coupled with a commitment to outreach and access. Materials are described according to national standards established by the National Archives Records Administration and the Society of American Archivists. The Archives & Special Collections mounts regular exhibitions both in the Library and online. We are committed to collaborating with other BCC departments to digitize collection materials and make them freely available online. We host group visits to the Archives for tours and classroom instruction sessions.

Contact: Cynthia Tobar, Head of Archives, 718-289-5436 or



Brooklyn College Archives

The Archives and Special Collections division of the Brooklyn College Library is committed to acquiring, preserving, and providing access to the records of enduring value that document the Brooklyn College community and the Borough of Brooklyn, as well as the papers and memorabilia of individuals who have national and social importance.

Contact: Colleen Bradley-Sanders, 718-951-5581,



City College Archives and Special Collections

The Archives and Special Collections Division was established in 1960 and is maintained in a controlled, secure environment which includes ample compact moveable shelving. The archival collections document instruction, teaching, research, alumni and student life at the College through institutional records, publications, memorabilia, faculty papers, photographs, blueprints and media. Biographical information is collected on distinguished alumni, including the nine Nobel laureates who are City College alumni. These collections actively serve the City College community and are of continuing interest to scholars studying the history and sociology of higher education, as well as to biographers and journalists. The Special Collections include the Russell Sage Collection of over 100,000 reports and publications issued by social welfare organizations active in the United States from the late 19th Century to 1940. Some European and Latin American materials are also included. Other collection strengths include books on clothing and costumes from around the world, the Thomason Tracts (140 pamphlets printed during the English Civil War), Restoration and 18th Century drama, and early 20th century British writers. There is also a small but choice collection of 17th and 18th century titles in the fields of astronomy, mathematics and chemistry.

Contact: Sydney C. Van Nort, 212-650-7609,



City College Dominican Archives

The mission of the CUNY Dominican Studies institute Archives, located at The City College of New York, is to identify, appraise, accession, process, preserve and provide access to archival materials that document the experience and contributions of the Dominican population in the United States. The Archives supplements and complements the efforts of the Institute's Dominican Library and research programs, greatly enriching the supply of primary source materials available to scholars, students and faculty in the area of Dominican studies.

Contact: Idilio Gracia Peña, Chief Archivist, 212-650-8865,



College of Staten Island Archives & Special Collections

The Archives & Special Collections of the CSI Library collects, preserves, and makes available primary and secondary materials that document the history of Staten Island and the College of Staten Island. The Archives’ focus is the history of the College and records the activities of the administration, academic departments, faculty, staff, students, and related organizations of the College of Staten Island and its predecessor institutions. The Special Collections concentrates on the history of Staten Island political culture and public policy discourse, especially in the period since consolidation with New York City in 1898.

Contact: James A. Kaser, Archivist, 718-982-4128,



CUNY Academic Works

CUNY Academic Works is a service of the CUNY Libraries dedicated to collecting and providing access to the research, scholarship and creative work of the City University of New York. In service to CUNY’s mission as a public university, content in Academic Works is freely available to all.

Contact: Megan Wacha, Scholarly Communications Librarian,, 646-664-8213



CUNY Digital History Archive

The CUNY Digital History Archive (CDHA) is an open, participatory digital public archive and portal that gives the CUNY community and the broader public online access to a range of materials related to the history of the City University of New York. The CDHA will conduct and collect oral history interviews as well as accept historical materials and records held by individuals whose lives, in diverse ways, have shaped, and been shaped, by CUNY. Faculty, staff, and students have fought to sustain the university so that it lives up to its democratic mission and the CUNY Digital History Archive aims to reflect those efforts.




Graduate Center Archives

The Archives of the City University of New York Graduate School and University Center consist of reports, correspondence, pamphlets, books, periodicals, other publications, photographs, video and audio tapes or discs, and other materials, all documenting or otherwise related to its history and operations. They were gathered over the past 15 years or so, mainly from sources within the Graduate Center, but some documents came from the CUNY Administration and, via correspondence and copying, from some of CUNY’s component colleges. They are housed on the 2nd floor of the library and open (by appointment) to CUNY administrators, faculty and other staff members, students, and others authorized by the Chief Librarian.




Guttman Community College Archives

Guttman Community College Archives are stored in CUNY Academic Works, CUNY's institutional repository.





Hostos Community College Archives

The Hostos Community College Archives functions as the institutional memory of the college. The archives collects unpublished materials of permanent historical value including official records, correspondence, papers and publications generated by the administration, academic departments, faculty, staff, special programs and student organizations since 1970. Through its collections the archives promotes an awareness of the diverse ethnic and cultural history of this unique bilingual institution and the surrounding South Bronx community that inspired it. The library’s archive unit also maintains a comprehensive collection of works published by and about Eugenio María de Hostos, namesake of the college.

Contact: William Casari, College Archivist & Instruction Librarian, 718-518-4220,



Hunter College Archives & Special Collections

The Archives & Special Collections division at Hunter College was formally established in January 1966 under the direction of the archivist, Frederick W. Stewart. Originating as the Archives Centre, the repository collects books and unpublished materials of historical value including records, correspondence, papers and publications generated by the administration, academic departments, administrative offices, faculty, staff and student organizations since 1869.

Contact: Cherry Montejo, Archivist,, 212-772-4149



Hunter College Centro Archives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora

The Archives of the Puerto Rican Diaspora, known as Centro Archives, collect, preserve and make available for research unique primary materials that document the history and culture of the Puerto Rican Diaspora with a concentration on New York City. Among the collections are the records of community based, legal, educational, cultural, civil rights organizations, the papers of activists, writers, artists, scholars, educators and elected officials.

Contact: Pedro Juan Hernández, Senior Archivist, 212-396-7877,



John Jay College Special Collections

The John Jay College Library Special Collections hold unique material related to the mission of the Sealy Library and John Jay College. Materials are in published and unpublished form including books, broadsides, pamphlets, prints, serials and archival materials.

Contact: Ellen Belcher, Special Collections Librarian, 212-237-8238,



Kingsborough Community College Archives

The Kingsborough Archives are located on the second floor (Room L214) of the Robert J. Kibbee Library. The Archives contain valuable primary source materials dating to Kingsborough's founding in 1964, including photographs, documents, correspondence, yearbooks and course catalogs. The archives also store newspapers, magazines, and other historic items relevant to the Robert J. Kibbee Library, Kingsborough Community College, the Brooklyn community, and the New York area. The collections within the Archives are noncirculating but are available to students, staff, faculty and independent researchers by appointment only.

Contact: Jeffrey Delgado, Reader Services and Archives Librarian, 718-368-5430,



LaGuardia Community College Institutional Archives

The Institutional Archives resides in the Library Media Resources Center of the college. As with other special collections the mission or charge is to collect, arrange, describe and preserve specific materials that areas relate to the history and development of LaGuardia Community College and selected materials of the City University of New York that relate to the college.

Contact: Thomas Cleary, Archivist, 718-482-5434,



LaGuardia Community College La Guardia and Wagner Archives

The LaGuardia and Wagner Archives was established in 1982 to collect, preserve, and make available primary materials documenting the social and political history of New York City. The Archives serves a broad array of researchers: journalists, students, scholars, exhibit planners and policy makers examining the history of Greater New York. The Archives also produces public programs exploring that history.

Contact: Douglas Di Carlo, Archivist, 718-482-5065,



Lehman College Special Collections

The Special Collections Division of the Library (Room 230) contains such Lehman records as yearbooks, catalogs, newspapers, reports, photographs and memorabilia. Rare books and limited editions of books in various disciplines are also housed in the Division's temperature and humidity controlled environment. Beyond College records, Special Collections also holds the Bronx Institute Archives of: oral history interviews; local history books; maps and atlases; newspapers; photographs and archival materials.

Contact: Janet Butler Munch, 718-960-8603,



Medgar Evers College Archives & Special Collections

The Library Archives and Special Collections are located on the Lower Level of the Charles Evans Inniss Memorial Library. The repository holds records that chronicle the history and academic achievements of Medgar Evers College, books, and other published and unpublished materials of historical value.

Contact: Yelena Novitskaya, 718-270-4889,



New York City College of Technology Library Archives

The Library Archives are located on the 2nd floor of the Ursula C. Schwerin Library.They are open to CUNY students, staff, & faculty and the public by appointment only.The Archives contain historical materials from City Tech's precursors: the New York Trade School, Voorhees Technical Institute and the New York City Community College.

Contact: Wanette Clyde, 718-260-5496,



Queensborough Community College Archives

QCC faculty, staff, students, and alumni are granted access to the College Archives with a CUNY ID card. Non-QCC patrons must contact the College Archivist to obtain permission to use the College Archives. A picture ID and the topic of research is required for entry into the Archives.

Contact: Professor Connie Williams, College Archivist, 718-631-6227,



Queens College Special Collections and Archives

The Queens College Special Collections and Archives, part of the Benjamin Rosenthal College Library, comprises 4,500 cubic feet of primarily college records from 1937 to the present. Collecting began formally in the late 1960's, supplementing earlier efforts to preserve largely unorganized records. The department is especially interested in the materials that preserve the history of the Borough of Queens and the New York City region. Our collections are particularly strong in capturing the College’s history of excellence in the areas of Performing Arts, Literature, Politics, and Civil Rights.

Contact: Annie Tummino, Head of Special Collections and Archives, 718-570-0596,



York College Archives

The College Archives are located in the Library. It is open by appointment with the archivist only. It contains official and non-official York records as yearbooks, catalogs, Bulletins, reports, photographs and realia. Rare books and the Bassin Collection of Yiddica and Hebraica are also housed in the Archives.

Contact: Scott Sheidlower, 718-262-2017,



York College Music History Archive

The Music Archive, which is housed in the York College Library, collects documents, music manuscripts, memorabilia, recordings, and artifacts pertaining to African American musicians and composers who lived in Southeast Queens. The Music History Archive is currently closed for processing.

Contact: Margaret Vendryes, 718-262-3797,