Summer Hours 2016
Effective Monday, May 16, 2016, the Archives & Special Collections hours are by appointment
only. Please submit a research request form here or call (716) 673-3183.
Please note that we cannot provide individualized genealogical research for patrons. If you require assistance with genealogical research, we suggest you contact a professional genealogist.
The mission of the Archives & Special Collections of the Daniel A. Reed Library at the State University of New York at Fredonia is to collect, organize, preserve, provide access to and encourage scholarly engagement with a variety of unique manuscript and archival materials in primary support of the scholarship needs of both the academic community at Fredonia and researchers around the world. The Archives & Special Collections provides a vital function in enhancing Fredonia’s reputation as a center for excellence in scholarship by working with faculty to integrate the use of unique manuscript and archival materials into the curriculum. To that end, the Archives & Special Collections, in support of the overall mission of the university, embraces the initiatives to educate, challenge and inspire students, encouraging their development as skilled, connected, creative and responsible global citizens.
Collection Development & Donations Policy
The University Archives collects materials of enduring historical value and certain non-current records that document both the administrative activities of the State University of New York at Fredonia and its overall history. Decisions on collection development in this area are informed by the SUNY Records Retention and Disposition Schedule, as well as by the input of key university departments and individuals.
The Special Collections comprise a unique and vast range of primary source materials in a variety of formats, as well as a small, but growing, collection of rare books. The manuscript collections encompass subjects of regional, national and international significance. Current collection strengths emphasize the activities of the Holland Land Company in the greater Western New York region, environmental history, American Spiritualism, prominent local and regional authors, 20th-century American classical music, particularly as exemplified in the papers of preeminent classical saxophonist Sigurd Rascher, and the renowned Austrian author Stefan Zweig.
The Archives & Special Collections (A&SC) will consider donations of the following materials, depending on their ability to meaningfully contribute to the areas of focus outlined above: manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings, audiovisual materials, rare books, ephemera and other archival records deemed to have significant intrinsic as well as informational value as defined by the Society of American Archivists. The A&SC requires a Deed of Gift agreement for all donations in order to establish clear transfer of ownership to the A&SC.
The Archives & Special Collections will generally not accept the following: