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Special Collections & College Archives

Special Collections & College Archives preserves and makes available archival materials primarily on Plattsburgh, N.Y. and Clinton County, and the Adirondack and Champlain Valley regions. We collect monographs, periodicals, pamphlets and other ephemera, audio and video materials, photographs, maps, and manuscripts.

We also hold the SUNY Plattsburgh College Archives, the SUNY Plattsburgh thesis collection, a small collection of rare books, and the Rockwell Kent Collection.

How do you begin research?

  1. Explore our Collection Guides to see the scope of materials available in Special Collections. Or
  2. Browse our Digital Collections and Online Exhibits
    • Note: only a very small portion of our materials have been digitized, and are available to browse online. It is always advisable to visit Special Collections in person to see the full scope of our resources.
  3. Use our Research Resources to search some of our holdings.

  4. Visit us in person for assistance in discovering and locating materials that do not yet have online guides: e.g., photographs, maps, and some of our manuscript collections.

How do you visit Special Collections?

  • Special Collections is open for walk-in research assistance from 10 a.m. – noon and 1 – 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • To make an appointment for assistance at other times contact Debra Kimok at or 518-564-5206.
  • Special Collections staff assists with research questions via email. To ask a question write


  • We are located on the first floor of Feinberg Library. Upon entering the Feinberg Library building at the main second-floor entrance, take the stairs to the first floor, turn right and proceed through the double set of doors to the left of the Claude J. Clarke Learning Center. Special Collections is down the hallway on the left. View library map - 1st floor
  • Directions to SUNY Plattsburgh

Can you bring a class or other group?

We welcome individual and group visits to Special Collections. We ask that you request your orientation at least two weeks in advance and limit groups to no more than 20 persons. To schedule a visit, email Debra Kimok, Special Collections Librarian.

We particularly encourage faculty to bring their classes to Special Collections. Faculty can request an instruction session in Special Collections.