A Landmark Collection

“It is my hope that this collection will be a source of creativity in human and governmental endeavors.” – Senator Jacob K. Javits

Established in 1981, the Senator Jacob K. Javits Collection at Stony Brook University is a historically significant trove for scholars and students studying 20th century history and politics. Today, nearly 40 years after it was received, the 1.8 million-item collection remains one of Special Collections’ most frequently consulted archives by researchers from around the world. This is testament to Senator Javits’ incomparable impact and influence.

With support from The Jacob K. and Marian B. Javits Foundation, Stony Brook University Libraries has developed a digital collection and a multimedia online exhibition to showcase the Senator’s accomplishments, and to articulate and illustrate the significance of his legacy. An interactive timeline highlights Senator Javits’ monumental career achievements in public service including the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, the War Powers Act of 1973, and civil rights legislation.


Browse exhibit items on a scrolling timeline

Click on an item in the lower timeline to view details. Click on the red text to view the full item. Drag the timeline to scroll or use the arrows to move backward and forward one item at a time.

Featured items from the collection