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About Archives & Special Collections

About Archives & Special Collections

In June 1961, President John J. Meng decided it was time for the creation of a modest archival program for Hunter College. What was needed, according to President Meng, was a “useable collection of papers of more than a passing significance, to illustrate policy decisions and other determinations and events of general importance for future reference – in short to document the institutional history of the college.”  In January 1966, Frederick W. Stewart became the first archivist of Hunter College and spearheaded the budding Archives Centre for several years. Professor Stewart’s primary mission was to gather materials that documented the history of Hunter College as well as the educational, social and cultural history of New York City.

Mission Statement

The division of Archives & Special Collections of the Hunter College Libraries functions as the institutional memory of the College. We are committed to acquiring, preserving, and providing access to the records of enduring value that primarily document the historical development of Hunter College of the City University of New York. The repository collects books and unpublished materials of historical value including records, correspondence, papers, and publications generated by the administration, academic departments, administrative offices, faculty, staff, and student organizations since 1869. Archives & Special Collections consists of two wings and its holdings have been grouped under Hunter College Archives, Affiliated Organizations and Special Collections.

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