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Specula Yearbooks

1957-1961   1962   1963   1964   

                  1957-1961                                        1962                                             1963                                                1964

1965   1966   1967   1968   

                       1965                                            1966                                                 1967                                             1968

1969   1970   1971-1972   1973

                    1969                                    1970 (click here for vol. II - red)                     1971-1972                                           1973

1974   1976   1977   1978

                        1974                                          1976                                                1977                                                 1978

1979   1980   1981   1982

                        1979                                           1980                                              1981                                                   1982

1983   1984   1985   1986

                        1983                                         1984                                                   1985                                                1986

1987   1988   1989   1990

                        1987                                            1988                                                1989                                                1990  

1991   1992   1993   1994

                     1991                                                  1992                                          1993                                                  1994

1995   1996  1997   1998

                      1995                                              1996                                              1997                                                 1998

1999   2000 2001   2002
                      1999                                             2000                                              2001                                               2002

2003  2004  2005  2006

                        2003                                         2004                                              2005                                               2006

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Kristen J. Nyitray
Head, Special Collections & University Archives
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Stony Brook University
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About and Special Notes

Specula was the official yearbook of Stony Brook University (1961-2006). Please note that no yearbook was published in 1975. The 1970 yearbook is comprised of two volumes.

About Special Collections and University Archives

Special Collections and University Archives select, acquire, preserve and provide access to rare, valuable, and scarce primary and secondary materials in a variety of formats in support of the educational and research endeavors of Stony Brook University's students, faculty, and staff.

The department also extends its services to researchers in the wider geographic region, nationally, and internationally. Holdings include: books, manuscripts, and maps dating from the 15th century; the University Archives; audio/visual materials; and a digital repository.

The University Archives is comprised of over 1,000 linear feet of records including faculty files, administration records, photographs, and publications that document the history of the University. The Archives is also the official repository for Stony Brook's master theses and doctoral dissertations and the Stony Brook Authors and Editors Collection.

History of Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, a comprehensive university center in New York State’s public higher education system, emerged from humbler beginnings as a small, teacher preparatory college in Oyster Bay only fifty years ago.  The Board of Trustees of the State University of New York issued their recommendation for the establishment of a new state-supported and operated college on Long Island on April 15, 1955.

After two years of careful deliberations and intensive planning, SUNY announced the opening of the State University College on Long Island. The Board of Regents authorized William Robertson Coe's exquisite 350-acre former arboretum-estate, Planting Fields, as a temporary campus, while a new campus was prepared in historic Stony Brook, on a 480-acre tract of land donated by philanthropist Ward Melville. The first day of classes commenced on September 17, 1957.

One hundred and forty-eight students were enrolled in classes at the tuition-free, State University College on Long Island at Oyster Bay. The College's administrators were served with the mandate to "prepare teachers of science and mathematics for secondary schools and community colleges." Course offerings were initially limited to Humanities, English (Communications), German, Social Sciences, Education, Mathematics, and Natural Science. SUNY expanded the College’s scope a year later to include degree programs in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering. More...