"Primary resources provide firsthand evidence of historical events. They are generally unpublished materials such as manuscripts, photographs, maps, artifacts, audio and video recordings, oral histories, postcards, and posters. In some instances, published materials can also be viewed as primary materials for the period in which they were written." (UCLA Institute on Primary Resources)
Special Collections focuses on the northern New York State counties of Clinton, Essex, and Franklin, and the Adirondack and Champlain Valley regions. Here you'll find monographs, periodicals, pamphlets and other ephemera, audio and video materials, photographs, maps, and manuscripts.
Special Collections also contains the College Archives, the SUNY Plattsburgh thesis collection, rare books, and the Rockwell Kent Collection of books, periodicals, and other ephemera.