The Archives & Special Collections are located on the first floor of the Carnahan Jackson Center. We are open to students, faculty, staff and alumni of Fredonia, as well as to outside researchers by appointment.
Hours for the summer are by appointment only. If you would like to schedule a visit, please complete the Archives Research Appointment form. Please note that the Archives is closed on evenings, weekends, and on regularly scheduled holidays (see Reed Library hours).
We strongly suggest you contact us prior to your visit by submitting an Archives Research Appointment request. Advance notice is greatly appreciated and allows us time to assess your research needs and retrieve materials.
Patrons requesting genealogy assistance should visit the Genealogy Resources page for a list of resources and our policy on genealogy research.
Please ensure you read and understand the Archives Reading Room Policies prior to your visit.
Photo: Participants in the Western New York Music Festival, courtyard of the Fredonia Normal School ("Old Main"), Fredonia, NY, circa 1929, photographer unknown. Archives & Special Collections, State University of New York at Fredonia, FF1/12/42
The mission of the Archives & Special Collections Department (A&SC) of the Daniel A. Reed Library at the State University of New York at Fredonia is to collect, organize, preserve, provide access to and encourage scholarly engagement with a variety of unique manuscript and archival materials in primary support of the scholarship needs of both the academic community at Fredonia and researchers around the world. The A&SC provides a vital function in enhancing Fredonia’s reputation as a center for excellence in scholarship by working with faculty to integrate the use of unique manuscript and archival materials into the curriculum. To that end, the A&SC, in support of the overall mission of the university, embraces the initiatives to educate, challenge and inspire students, encouraging their development as skilled, connected, creative and responsible global citizens.
The University Archives collects materials of enduring historical value and certain non-current records that document both the administrative activities of the State University of New York at Fredonia and its overall history. Decisions on collection development in this area are informed by the SUNY Records Retention and Disposition Schedule, as well as by the input of key university departments and individuals.
The Special Collections comprise a unique range of primary source materials in a variety of formats, as well as a small collection of rare books and other secondary sources. The manuscript collections encompass subjects of regional, national and international significance. Current collection strengths emphasize regional environmental history and activism as seen in the records of the Coalition on West Valley Nuclear Wastes; the records of the Fredonia Baptist Church, the first Baptist Church in northern Chautauqua County and one whose members would play a significant role in both the Underground Railroad and the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU); the activities of the Holland Land Company in the greater Western New York region, available on microfilm and, in part, online via New York Heritage; 20th-century American classical music, particularly as exemplified in the papers of preeminent classical saxophonist Sigurd M. Raschèr and Fredonia's own Walter S. Hartley; and the renowned Austrian Jewish author Stefan Zweig.
The Archives & Special Collections (A&SC) will consider donations of the following materials, depending on their ability to meaningfully contribute to the areas of focus outlined above: manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings, audiovisual materials, rare books, ephemera and other archival records deemed to have significant intrinsic as well as informational value as defined by the Society of American Archivists. Newspaper clippings are not actively collected by the A&SC. The A&SC requires a Deed of Gift agreement for all donations in order to establish clear transfer of ownership to the A&SC.
The Archives & Special Collections will generally not accept the following:
The Reed Library Archives & Special Collections typically does not hold the intellectual property rights for the materials in its collections. The Archives & Special Collections assumes that all requests for reproductions are made within the guidelines of the U.S. Copyright Office Fair Use doctrine and are intended exclusively for research and educational purposes. As such, the Archives & Special Collections will assume no responsibility for any infringement of copyright on the part of the researcher. When seeking to use any reproductions for publication, it is the sole responsibility of the researcher to determine the copyright status of the materials and to contact the appropriate individual(s) in order to gain permission to publish. Please consult this table from Cornell University for more information on determining copyright status.
Requests for copies of materials from our holdings may be initiated by completion of the Reproduction Request Form. In accordance with good scholarly practice, we ask that researchers acknowledge the Archives & Special Collections as the holding institution for the original materials by using the appropriate style guide.
Individuals or organizations who plan to publish or exhibit materials from the holdings of the Archives & Special Collections must contact the Archives staff directly and complete the Intent to Publish Form. Permission is granted for one-time use only, regardless of published format.
Once you have submitted the required form/s, a staff member of the Archives & Special Collections will contact you via e-mail to confirm that we will be able to fulfill your request and to provide you with the total charges due. You may then submit your payment securely online using either VISA or MASTERCARD. Depending on the quantity of reproductions requested, processing may take approximately 1-3 weeks. Processing of orders will not begin until payment in full is received.
Reference quality scans (PDF, 200 dpi) $1.00 per page or image
Publication quality scans (JPEG or TIFF, 600 dpi) $10.00 per image
Requests are limited to 50 pages or images within a six-month period. Individual requests involving image or page count beyond 25 will be assessed an additional processing fee of $25 USD. Reproduction requests are assessed on a case-by-case basis and are dependent on available staff resources and the physical condition of items.
Pursuant to the Reed Library Unattended Child Policy, minors must be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult; unattended children are not allowed in the Archives & Special Collections area based on library and university policy.
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