SUNY Oneonta is a comprehensive, public, liberal arts and sciences college with 6,000 students. Milne Library contributes to the overall mission of the college by providing resources and services to meet the intellectual and academic needs of students, faculty, and staff. The library, named after James M. Milne, Oneonta Normal School’s first principal, is responsible for keeping and maintaining several special collections unique to the library and the college and are housed in the Alden Room. These collections enhance and support the educational mission of the library and college.
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Old Main SUNY Oneonta
Old Main was the first major building on the SUNY Oneonta campus. After significant deterioration, Old Main was razed in 1977, but the Old Main pillars were saved from the wrecking ball and moved to campus shortly thereafter. The Class of 2008 raised funds to restore the "Pillars of Old Main," which were erected on the SUNY Oneonta campus in 1980 and are proudly displayed on the Upper Quad.
Special Collections Finding Aids
Finding aids for many of the collections within the archives were created by Elise DeAndrea, hired as our digitization specialist, during the summer of 2013. Over time, more finding aids and digital collections will be added to New York Heritage. Anyone wishing to use materials in our Special Collections is invited to contact the special collections librarian directly.
The Early Textbhttps://cdm16694.contentdm.oclc.org/config/configtoolook Collection, New York State Collection, Martha C. Chambers Popular Fiction Collection, and O’Mara Native American Collection are among the various book collections in the Alden Room, and are discoverable through the library’s catalog. An index card catalog currently provides access to the 13,000+ glass slides in the Lantern Slide Collection. In addition, the archival collections, which include photographs, scrapbooks, student publications, and written records, document the history of the college.
James M. Milne Library webpage:
Special Collections webpage:
In the advanced search, Special Collections books can be searched directly by selecting Special Collections under “More Collections.” http://one.sunyconnect.suny.edu:4460/F/?func=find-a-0