Local Historical Collections

Special Collections houses two main collections of historical material: the College Archives and a Local History collection of material related primarily to the city of Oswego and Oswego County.

The College Archives is comprised largely of records from the school's important 19th c. decades under Edward Austin Sheldon and documents sent by college offices and members of the college community ever since. Most of the archives is not accessible through the Library's online catalog, but there are on-site indexes and finding guides in the Barbara Palmer Shineman Special Collections Research Room. Some rare books are collected that support the study of early education and teacher training related to E.A. Sheldon's work; these rare books are cataloged in the library catalog.

The Local History Collection material includes manuscripts (city records, correspondence, diaries, etc.), oral histories on audiotape, student local history research papers, maps, and published titles. The Millard Fillmore and Marshall Family Papers are two large collections that have national interest. Most of the Local History Collection can be searched through the library catalog at a basic level, but finding guides on site guide more detailed access.

For Assistance: Special Collections hours and staff research assistance are limited. Please see the Special Collections page for contact information, open hours, selected subject guides, and more. You can also use our Special Collections Inquiry Form.