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The SUNY Potsdam College Archives & Special Collections is located on the second floor of Crumb Library, and is SUNY Potsdam's designated repository for the college archives, manuscript collections, and rare books. We welcome researchers of all levels who are interested in working with unique and rare historical materials, and invite you to visit the archives during our public hours, or by making an appointment with the College Archivist.Retrieving items from the archives.


The College Archives collects, preserves, and makes accessible historical records documenting the history of SUNY Potsdam, from its founding as the St. Lawrence Academy in 1816 to the present. These materials represent our campus history from the perspectives of former and current administrators, faculty, staff, and students. Significant college collections include the President’s Office records, the Crane School of Music records, the President's Office records, the Pioneer Yearbook collection, the Racquette Newspaper collection, and many more.

In addition to our College Archives holdings, our Special Collections unit focuses on select aspects of Northern New York History. Included in these collections are the papers of Congressmen Bertrand Snell and David O’Brien Martin, as well as books and other historic materials that document the Adirondacks, the St. Lawrence River and Seaway, and local history.

Undergraduate Archives Research Award

Each academic year, the SUNY Potsdam College Archives & Special Collections offers a $500 cash prize to the best Student doing research in College Archives Reading Room.undergraduate research paper or other academic project that is based substantially on materials from the College Archives & Special Collections.


We are happy to host interns from any academic major. Interns working at the College Archives & Special Collections can expect to work extensively with unique and rare historic materials that document our college and region’s history. Under supervision of the College Archivist, work assignments can include the processing of archival collections, curation of exhibits, assisting on-site and remote researchers, and more.