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Kristen Nyitray

Kristen J. Nyitray

Associate Librarian
Director, Special Collections & University Archives
University Archivist

Expertise: Special Collections, Archives, Manuscripts, Rare and Special Books,
Historical Maps, University History

How can Kristen help you?

Kristen J. Nyitray is Associate Librarian and Director, Special Collections & University Archives, and University Archivist. She can assist with questions about archival collections, manuscripts, rare and special books, historical maps, and the history of Stony Brook University.


Kristen J. Nyitray is Director of Special Collections and University Archives, and University Archivist at Stony Brook University. A recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award and Stony Brook’s President’s Award for excellence in librarianship, she is a Certified Archivist (C.A.) accredited through the Academy of Certified Archivists and maintains a Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) certificate from the Society of American Archivists.

Among her publications are the books Long Island Beaches and Stony Brook: State University of New York. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed edited volumes and academic journals including Cataloging & Classification Quarterly; Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals; College & Research Libraries; IEEE Annals of the History of Computing; Journal of Library Administration; Provenance; RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage; and Reference & User Services Quarterly. She has also provided commentary about Long Island history in film, television, and podcast projects. Her current research interests include examining how archives interface with Indigenous histories, public history, and heritage tourism.

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