This platform highlights cultural heritage collections in a digital format that are held by Stony Brook University (SBU) Libraries or are collections curated by the Stony Brook University community that are managed by SBU Libraries. Resources found on this site include both objects that have been digitized and born-digital objects. Objects digitized reflect various types of analog formats including, but not limited to: photographs, manuscripts, documents, artifacts, ephemera, and audio and video records. Born digital objects consist of images, text, audio visual files, and oral history components including audio and visual and text transcripts, among other formats.

Stony Brook University Digital Collections are created to provide access to cultural heritage materials to its research community, both SBU affiliates and researchers with internet access, world-wide. The collections on this site were built to support the SBU teaching community and students as a way to enhance their research and scholarship and are built in relation to the SBU Libraries overall collection development policy. A digital collection development policy is forthcoming.

Please see the Terms of Use page for more information about our right to make these digital objects available in this online exhibition platform and how you may use them.

Researchers using this site may come across restricted items that require SBU credentials to access. Any one with issues or concerns about access should contact us.

SBU Libraries Digital Collections on this digital projects platform include historical information, some from primary resources, raw news footage, ephemera, among other resources. Materials in the University Libraries’ Digital Collections should be evaluated in the context of the period in which they were originally created. The University Libraries do not endorse views expressed in any resource content found on this site, except where explicitly stated. All concerns regarding content on this site should be immediately reported for assessment. Information on privacy and ethics, including take down requests, can be found on our Terms of Use Page.


The Stony Brook University Libraries Digital Lab uses an array of scanners and tools to create digital resources from analog objects. Some of the equipment includes: flatbed scanners with transparency hoods, an overhead photography copy stand, 35mm slide scanner, a large format feeder scanner, and a book scanner. Obsolete audio/video formats are mainly outsourced for digitization.

SBU Libraries Digital Lab follows Library of Congress Federal Agencies Digital Guidelines Initiative (FADGI) for files the libraries create or has created via a vendor; Specifically the 2016 FADGI Technical Guidelines for Digitizing Cultural Heritage Materials. Access files are presented on this site. 

Digital files submitted by collaborators outside of the libraries do not always meet these standards and guidelines. In many cases the file received is an access copy and not a high resolution or high quality file.


This site uses Dublin Core Metadata Terms from the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative for its organization and guidelines for the metadata/description provided for each item record. Occasionally field labels are changed to represent certain works. An example of this is for Oral History Collection items where the metadata field label changed from Creator to Narrator and Contributor to Interviewer.


Collection specific personnel and their contact info are not listed here but with their collections.

The list of usual suspects who build these collections are:


This digital project and exibition site is built on Omeka S, an open source web publishing platform.