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Archives & Special Collections

Sketch of Cortland Normal SchoolCortland Normal School on fire in 1919Old Main building being builtGroup of Alumni standing out front of Old Main when it opened in 1923

Mission Statement

The mission of SUNY Cortland College Archives is to support the College community by collecting, preserving, organizing, and providing research and educational opportunities regarding the materials documenting the history of SUNY Cortland.

Scope of Records

The SUNY Cortland College Archives is committed to preserving the official records of the Cortland campus since its founding as a Normal School. The materials mostly consist of original print-based records from students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni. These materials provide rare or unique insight into the history of SUNY Cortland. In many cases, these detail the normal course of day-to-day operations and expand upon the evolutionary process of the campus. These may include minutes, correspondence, official programs, reports, etc. These types of records were created by the College, for the College.
The College Archives additionally strives to preserve informal records that provide a broader context to the college community. Some of these informal records may include personal collections of alumni, scrapbooks, oral histories, ephemera items, personal reflections, or other materials compiled over a period of time. College Archives seeks to continuously preserve these materials and make them available either online or in physical format.


College Archives storage boxes