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Library Liaison Profiles

Kristen Nyitray

Kristen J. Nyitray

Associate Librarian
Director, Special Collections & University Archives
University Archivist

Liaison: Special Collections, Manuscripts, Rare and Special Books, Historical Maps, University Archives, and Stony Brook Authors
E-2320 Melville Library | 631.632.7119

How can Kristen help you?

Kristen J. Nyitray is Director of Special Collections and University Archives, and University Archivist at Stony Brook University. Contact her for research assistance with rare books, manuscript collections, archives, historical maps, and SBU history. She holds degrees from Stony Brook University and City University of New York, Queens College.


Certified Archivist (C.A.), Academy of Certified Archivists

Public Librarian Certification, New York Education Department, New York State Library 


Digital Archives Specialist (DAS), Society of American Archivists  

Advanced Seminar, Administration of Special Collections, Rare Book School, University of Virginia 

Public School Teacher Certificate, School Media Specialist (Library), University of the State of New York, Education Department


Chancellor’s Award, Excellence in Librarianship, State University of New York 

President’s Award, Excellence in Librarianship, Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Librarianship, Town of Brookhaven, NY 

Graduate School Organization Service Award, Stony Brook University 

Honorary Co-chair, 16th Annual Long Island Pride Parade and Festival in the Park, Huntington, NY 

Best program awarded by the Committee to Celebrate Diversity, Stony Brook University for the Black History Month event “Keep on Keepin’ on: Music of the Civil Rights Movement” 


Kate Wheeler Strong Memorial Award from the Three Village Historical Society, New York in “recognition of significant contributions toward fostering of interest in local history and a fuller appreciation of the rich historical and cultural heritage of this community." 

Annual Archives Award for Program Excellence in a Historical Records Repository awarded by the New York Board of Regents and New York State Archives 

Collaborator: Kate Wheeler Strong Memorial Award from Three Village Historical Society, New York for the Acquisition of the 1779 George Washington "Culper Spy Ring Letter" to The Honorable Steven Englebright, Henry and Marsha Laufer, and Stony Brook University 



Nyitray, Kristen J. Long Island Beaches. Postcard History Series. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2019. 

Nyitray, Kristen J. and Ann M. Becker. Stony Brook, State University of New York. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2002. 


Nyitray, Kristen J. & Dana Reijerkerk. (2021). Searching for Paumanok: A Study of Library of Congress Authorities and Classifications for Indigenous Long Island, New York, Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 59/5: 409-441. DOI: 10.1080/01639374.2021.1929627.

Nyitray, Kristen J. "Game On to Game After: Sources for Videogame History." The Alert Collector. Reference & User Services Quarterly 59/1 (Fall 2019): 7-11. DOI:

Nyitray, Kristen J. "Max Fink Papers Span 65-year Career of World-leading Expert on Catatonia and Electroconvulsive Therapy." Archival Elements: Newsletter of the Society of American Archivists Science, Technology, and Health Care Section​ (Summer 2018): 28-30.

Nyitray, Kristen J. and Sally Stieglitz. "Spies in the Archive: Acquiring Revolutionary War Letters Through Community Engagement." RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage 18/2 (2017): 44-58. DOI:

Stieglitz, Sally and Kristen J. Nyitray. "Using Oral History to Assess Community Impact: A Conversation with Beverly C. Tyler, Historian, Three Village Historical Society." Engaged Scholar Journal 22/2 (2017): 115-122

Nyitray, Kristen J. “William Alfred Higinbotham: Scientist, Activist, and Computer Game Pioneer.” IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 33/2 (April-June 2011): 96-101.


"Washington's Spy Letters." Commentary and interview. Long Island History Project (podcast series). (2018)

"Spies, George Washington, and the American Revolution." Commentary and interview. Travel Channel, Discovery Communications (television). (2017)

“Spy from Setauket.” Mysteries of the Museum, season 21. Research and arrangements. Travel Channel, Discovery Communications (television). (2017)

“Special Collections, Stony Brook University Libraries.” Long Island’s Hidden Past. Commentary and interview. News 12 Long Island (television). (2016)

“George Washington and the Culper Spy Ring.” Commentary and interview. Secrets from the Arsenal, America’s Heroes Channel (Discovery Communications, formerly The Military Channel; television). (April 2014; aired January 2015)

“Conservation of Historical George Washington Letters.” Commentary and interview. The Long Island Museum of American Art, History, and Carriages, Stony Brook, NY. Short film to accompany the exhibition Long Island at War. (April 2014; exhibition: May 23-December 28, 2014)

When Games Went Click: The Story of Tennis for Two. Researcher. Documentary. New York: The Vladar Company. (2013)

Greetings from Fire Island, Long Island, New York. Commentary and interview on journalist and women’s rights activist Margaret Fuller. Documentary. Los Angeles: Pacific View Productions, 2012. (first aired in 2013 followed by several more times on WLIW 21/WNET)

Segment on Special Collections at Stony Brook University about the acquisition of a 1779 George Washington letter. Commentary and interview. News 12, Long Island (television). (2010)

Film credit and acknowledgement. Rare Bird: The Rediscovery of a Lost Species on Bermuda. [Boston, Mass.]: WGBH Boston Video. (2009)


June 11, 2021. “From One Institution to All: Documenting the Impact of COVID-19.” New York Archives Conference. Presented online via Zoom. With Dana Reijerkerk and Chris Kretz. 

June 6, 2021. Invited speaker. “Isle of Shells: An Illustrated History of Long Island Beaches.” Nassau County Historical Society. Lecture presented online via Zoom.

June 5, 2021. Invited speaker. “Stony Brook University: Now and Then.” Stony Brook University Alumni Relations, Classes of 1970 and 1971. Lecture presented online via Zoom.

April 30, 2021. “The Art of Metadata Management: Navigating an IR Migration Remotely Across Departmental Boundaries.” 2021 Southern Miss Institutional Repository Conference, The University of Southern Mississippi. Presented online via Zoom. With Dana Reijerkerk.

April 19, 2021. Invited speaker. “Creation of a Campus: An Early and Architectural History of Stony Brook University.” Three Village Historical Society, Setauket, NY. Lecture presented online via Zoom.

April 2, 2021. Invited speaker. “An Early History of Stony Brook University.” University Advancement, Stony Brook University. Lecture presented online via Zoom.

March 11, 2021. Invited Speaker. “Documenting COVID-19: Stony Brook University Experiences.” Library Life Series, Stony Brook University Libraries. Presented online via Zoom. With Dana Reijerkerk and Chris Kretz.

September 12, 2020. Invited speaker. “Spies in the Archive: George Washington Letters at Stony Brook University.” Culper Spy Weekend. 

August 17, 2020. Invited speaker. “Isle of Shells: A History of Long Island Beaches.” Three Village Historical Society.

August 13, 2020. Invited speaker. “Long Island Beaches: An Illustrated History.” Brentwood Public Library. 

March 8, 2020. Invited speaker. "Spies in the Archive." Long Island Maritime Museum, West Sayville, NY.

March 6, 2020: Presentation and invited panelist. "Creating the Standards-Based OER Tutorial: Using Primary Sources in Research." 5th Annual Open Access Symposium - Toward Equity and Open Access. Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook University.

November 2019. Invited speaker and panelist. "Marketing Special Collections Through Books." Long Island Libraries Resources Council, 24th Annual Archives Conference - Marketing Special Collections in the 21st Century. Milleridge Inn, Jericho, NY.

October 2018. Invited speaker. "Evermore a Neighbor: The Life and Legacy of Eversley Childs." Three Village Historical Society. Neighborhood House, Setauket, NY.

October 2018. Invited speaker. "Minding the Archive: The Max Fink Papers at Stony Brook University." Long Island Libraries Resources Council, 23rd Annual Archives Conference - Medical Archives, Processing, Privacy and Preservation. Brentwood Country Club, Brentwood, NY.

July 2018. Invited speaker. "To His Friends at Setauket." Lecture and viewing of George Washington letters. Three Village Historical Society. Neighborhood House, Setauket, NY.

May 2018. Invited speaker. "Community Engagement and Outreach Using Primary Sources." With S. Stieglitz. Libraries Research and Innovation Forum. Adelphi University, Garden City, NY.

April 2018. Presenter. "Unscattered Leaves: Digitization of Otto F. Ege Medieval Manuscripts." With Victoria Pilato, Chris Sauerwald, and Anastasia Chiu. Stony Brook University Libraries Colloquium Series. Melville Library, Stony Brook University.

March 2018. Presenter. University Art Crawl. Digitization of Otto F. Ege Medieval Manuscripts. Special Collections, Melville Library, Stony Brook University.

November 2017. Invited speaker. "Historical and Recent Maps of Long Island." With Robert Tolliver. Long Island Geographical Information System (GIS) Users Conference. Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook University.

November 2017. Presenter. Art Crawl. “World War I Through the Lens.” Central Reading Room, Melville Library, Stony Brook University.

October 2017. Presenter. "A Revolution in Special Collections: Acquiring George Washington Spy Letters through Community Engagement." With Sally Stieglitz. New York 2017 Archives Week Symposium - Archives and Local History. Center for Jewish History, New York, NY.

September 2017. Invited speaker. "George Washington and the Culper Spy Ring." Find Out in 15 presentation. CommUniversity Day, Stony Brook University.

September 2017. Presentations and open house for Culper Spy Day. Special Collections, Stony Brook University.

April 2017. University Art Crawl. Presentation on Revolutionary Long Island: Early Manuscripts, Maps and Art. Special Collections, Melville Library, Stony Brook University.

March 2017. Presenter and panelist. “Navigating Long Island History with Maps” at “The Identification, Care, and Use of Maps.” Long Island Library Resources Council. Longwood Public Library, Middle Island, NY.

November 2015. Presenter. “To Stand with the Finest in the Country: The Founding and First Three Decades of Stony Brook University.” Stony Brook University Libraries Colloquium Series. Melville Library, Stony Brook University.

October 2014. Invited speaker and panelist. “Looking Back, Looking Forward: From Growing Pains to Maturity.” Society for College and University Planning, 2014 North Atlantic Symposium – Building for Excellence from the Ground Up: Stony Brook First 50 Years. Hilton Garden Inn, Stony Brook, NY.

October 2013. Invited speaker and panelist. “The People of Long Island.” 18th Annual Archives Month Conference. Long Island Libraries Resources Council and the Documentary Heritage Program of the New York State Archives. Bethpage State Park, NY.

March 2013. Invited speaker. “Highlights from Special Collections and University Archives.” Faculty Emeritus Association. Melville Library, Stony Brook University.

November 2011. Presenter. “George Washington, Culper Spy Ring, and Setauket” at “Rebels, Resisters, and Rioters: New Yorkers Respond to the American Revolution and to the Civil War.” Co-sponsored with the Three Village Historical Society. Charles B, Wang Center, Stony Brook University.

September 2011. Presenter. “William A. Higinbotham Game Studies Collection at Stony Brook University,” Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, NY. 

September 2011. Presenter. George Washington letters and discussion; attended by over 500 students, teachers, and parents at Setauket Elementary School, Setauket, NY.

May 2009. Invited speaker. “The Librarian Documentarian: Innovative Ways for Libraries to Document and Celebrate Institutional History.” 2009 Long Island Library Conference. Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury, NY.

May 2008. Presenter. “A Wok Through Chinese Culinary History: The Jacqueline M. Newman Chinese Cookbook Collection.” Exhibition opening. Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook University.

November 2007. Presenter. “Stony Brook: Then, Now, Wow!” 23rd Annual Student-Faculty-Staff Retreat. Harrison House/Glen Cove Mansion, Glen Cove, NY.

November to December 2002. Presenter. Women's Rights National Historical Park, National Park Service exhibition and program, “This is Women’s Hour…The Life of Mary Baker Eddy.” Melville Library, Stony Brook University.


2021 - Inauguration Planning Committee, University President
2020 - Optimizing Campus Cultural, Athletic and Facilities Resources Task Force (appointed, University President)

2020 - Renaming Buildings, Spaces and Structures Ad Hoc Committee (appointed, Vice President for Equity & Inclusion Chief Diversity Officer)

2018 - Search Committee, Dean of Libraries (appointed, Office of the Provost)

2018 - Veterans Day Ceremony Committee

2017 - CommUniversity Day: Leader for Traditions, History and Culture (appointed; 2017, 2018)

2016 - University Art Crawl Committee

2014 - Alumni Reunion Weekend

2007 - SUNY Excellence in Librarianship Committee: ex-officio on behalf of presidents Shirley Strum Kenny and Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., M.D. (appointed, University President) 

2003 - Fire and Safety Warden, Frank Melville, Jr. Memorial Library