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The collections at the archives are organized into two general categories, the College Archives, which consists of materials directly related to the history of our campus, and Special Collections, which consists of materials related to Northern New York history.
Collections With Finding Aids
(CA-01000) President's Office Records, 1876-2011
(CA-01001) Office of Human Resources Records, 1950-2011
(CA-01002) Office of the Registrar Records, 1911-2011
(CA-01003) Office of Career Planning Records, 1946-2008
(CA-01004) Computer & Technology Services, 1966-2012
(CA-01005) Office of Admissions Records, 1921-2001
(CA-01009) Financial Aid Office Records, 1967-2001
(CA-01010) Student Success Center Records, 1968-2012
(CA-01011) Department of Media Arts & Technology Records, 1969-1981
(CA-01012) Office of Alumni Relations Records, 1846-2011
(CA-01013) Office of Academic Affairs/Office of the Provost Records, 1954-2000
(CA-01014) Office of College Advancement Records, 1987-1999
(CA-01016) Office of Public Affairs Records, 1950-2013
(CA-10000) Learning Communities Records, 1993-2006
(CA-11000) School of Arts & Sciences Records, 1974-2001
(CA-11002) Department of Art Records, 1965-1998
(CA-11003) Department of Biology Records, 1972-1991
(CA-11004) Department of Chemistry Records, 1972-1988
(CA-11006) Department of Economics Records, 1975-1988
(CA-11008) Department of Geography Records, undated
(CA-11009) Department of Geology Records, 1987-1992
(CA-11010) Department of Health Records, 1982-1983
(CA-11011) Department of History Records, 1975-1996
(CA-11012) Department of Mathematics Records, 1969-2006
(CA-11014) Department of Philosophy Records, 1987-1988
(CA-11016) Department of Politics Records, 1987-1993
(CA-11017) Department of Psychology Records, 1976-1987
(CA-11018) Department of Sociology Records, 1982-1993
(CA-12001) Congdon Campus School Records, 1892-1994
(CA-12002) Potsdam Normal High School Records, 1905-1928
(CA-13000) Crane School of Music Records, 1893-2012
(CA-15000) College Libraries Records, 1890-2013
(CA-20000) Student Government Association Records, 1935-2012
(CA-20001) Women's Student Council Records, 1932-1962
(CA-20002) Dormitory Councils Records, 1962-1977
(CA-21000) College Union Board Records, 1960-1972
(CA-21001) Omicron Delta Kappa Records, 2002-2010
(CA-21002) The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Records, 2007-2011
(CA-21003) Campus Radio Collection, 1965-2006
(CA-21004) International Student Organization Records, 1998
(CA-21900) Greek Life Collection, 1939-1973
(CA-21901) Alpha Kappa Phi Records, 1890-1987
(CA-21902) Alpha Delta Kappa Records, 1918-1939
(CA-21903) Phi Kappa Pi Records, 1931-1952
(CA-21904) Delta Kappa Theta Records, 1935-1943
(CA-21905) Psi Phi Delta Records, 1975-1977
(CA-40000) Potsdam College Foundation Records, 1968-2012
(CA-40001) State University of New York Records, 1968-1992
(CA-40002) Associated Colleges of the St. Lawrence Valley Records, 1970-2006
(CA-40003) SUNY North Country/Fort Drum Educational Services Consortium Records, 1988-1989
(CA-50002) Allen L. Richardson Papers, 1937-2006
Contains materials related to Richardson’s personal life and career as a professor at the Crane School of Music. The bulk of the collection consists of written music by Richardson.
(CA-50003) Mary E. English Papers, 1930-2005
Consists of materials documenting English’s personal life, her career as a professor at the Crane School of Music and director of Phoenix Club, and numerous awards and honors granted to English.
(CA-50004) Paul A. Steinberg Papers, 1972-2011
Collection contains written music and limited audio recordings from former Crane School of Music professor Paul Steinberg.
(CA-50005) Vincent J. Knapp Papers, 1964-2003
Collection contains research files, publications, and professional correspondence focusing on medical history (primarily the history of diet and disease), as well as documenting Knapp’s career as a Professor of History at SUNY Potsdam.
(CA-50006) Anna Draime Papers, 1913-1927, 1961
Collection consists of biographical information, speeches, and conference programs from former English Professor and the first Dean of Women Anna Draime.
(CA-50007) Frederick W. Crumb Family Papers, 1886-1966
The Crumb family papers consists of correspondence (the bulk between Frederick Crumb and his wife during World War II), as well as photographs, memorabilia, and other materials related to the Crumb family.
(CA-60000) C. Donald Timerman Family Papers, 1925-1974
The bulk of the collection contains materials related to the academic and teaching career of Potsdam Normal School Graduate Claude Donald Timerman. Timerman was killed in the Battle of Okinawa during World War II on April 23, 1945.
(CA-60001) Florence Howard Notebooks, 1897-1900
The collection contains four notebooks from academic courses (Botany, Zoology, Chemistry, and Latin) taken by Florence Howard while attending Potsdam Normal School from 1897-1900.
Racquette Student Newspaper, 1927-2009
Pioneer Yearbook, 1897-2002
(SC-90000) Bertrand Hollis Snell Papers, 1872-1963
Collection contains materials related to the congressional career (1915-1939), business career, and public like of former U.S. Representative from New York Bertrand Snell. Of significance, Snell was the Minority Leader in the House of Representatives for the Republican Party during the enactment of FDR’s New Deal legislation. Other significant topics covered in the collection include women’s suffrage, Prohibition, farm relief, and the development of the St. Lawrence Seaway.
(SC-90001) David O'Brien Martin papers.
Collection contains the congressional papers from the congressional office of David O'Brien Martin. Collection is currently unprocessed, and and consequently access is limited. Please contact the archivist in advance if you wish to research this collection.
(SC-90002) Music Theatre North Records, 1979-1995
This collection contains materials documenting the history of the non-profit musical theatre organization, Music Theatre North (MTN). The collection contains playbills, scrapbooks, recordings, and photographs that give insights into MTN's operations and staged productions.
Subject Files generally contain a mixture of primary and secondary historical sources that focus on a specific subject, such as a person, place, or event. Topical areas covered by College Archives & Special Collections Subject Files include:
- The St. Lawrence Great Lake Seaway
- New York
- The North Country
- St. Lawrence County
- Franklin County
- Other towns in St. Lawrence County
- SUNY Potsdam faculty
A significant portion of Special Collections consists of over 1,200 books (most historical) and other printed materials that are cataloged and discoverable through the BearCat catalog. Subject areas of Special Collections books include:
- World, American, New York, and local history
- Social Sciences
- American and local politics
- American Law
- Education (History and Theory)
- Music (Literature and Instruction)
- Literature (American and British)
- Visual Arts
- Life Sciences
- Technology and Engineering