Archives & Special Collections Overview

Mission:  

The mission of the Archives and Special Collections department is to engage students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the local and global community with primary resources and artifacts. Our objective is to instill a sense of pride in and knowledge about Stevens Institute of Technology and its rich heritage and legacy. Furthermore, Archives and Special Collections will preserve, arrange and describe our unique historical collections and artifacts as they continue to grow and become more accessible to a greater audience. 

Archives and Special Collections Overview:  

Archives and Special Collections are housed in the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Samuel C. Williams Library. The Archives and Special Collections department serves as the repository of materials that support research and documentation on Stevens Institute of Technology, and the Stevens family. In addition, we are building our scope of collections to ecompass the history of Hoboken, the American Industrial Revolution, the U.S. Civil War, history of science and engineering, and transportation history, especially railroads and nautical designs. We support research for a wide range of scholars including undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and other outside researchers whose work relies on primary resource materials, including rare books, artifacts, manuscripts, media and archives. 

Institue Archives 

The institutional archives document the history and the growth of Stevens Institute of Technology. Materials include: Faculty collections, alumni materials, President's records, and student life. 

Collection Finding Aids:  

In addition we have most of the Stute newspaper digitized and available online.

Special Collections 

Special Collections include historic manuscript collections, family papers, rare books, and artifacts. This includes the Frederick Winslow Taylor collection, the Lieb Memorial Leonardo Da Vinci collection, the Stevens Family papers, U.S.S. Monitor drawings, and historic artifacts donated over the years. 

Interested in donating materials?

We are always looking to expand our collection, as long as they are in our collecting scope and we have the appropriate physical space to house the original material. Donations will be considered after an appraisal is done by the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, Leah Loscutoff lloscuto@stevens.edu. Please do not just drop off materials without any notice.  

A video about the restoration of the 500 year old original copy of the
De Divina Proportione written by Luca Pacioli and illustrated by Leonardo Da Vinci.
ACCESS THE COLLECTIONS

Special Collections and Archives materials do not circulate and may only be consulted in the area designated by Special Collections staff in the S.C. Williams Library. Materials from the Special Collections and Archives may be viewed with advanced notice, by appointment only.

HOURS

Appointments can be made Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9:30am - 1:00pm and 2:00pm - 4:00pm.

Scheduling an appointment
Please fill out this online registration form to schedule an appointment to access the archives. You may also call to make an appointment at (201) 216-5416. We will get back to you on your appointment request within 48 hours (business days).

READING ROOM RULES:
  • Please make sure to fill out the registration form, and show archives staff an ID (student ID, driver’s license, or passport), before accessing the materials.
  • Only pencils and laptop computers may be used within the collections. Scanners and tape recorders are not permitted.
  • All large backpacks, purses, and coats must be checked in and will be stored securely by archives staff.
  • Food, beverages, and chewing gum, are not permitted within the collections.
  • If a copy of a fragile item is available the researcher will be required to consult the copy as opposed to the original. Permission to view the original will be determined by the Archivist.
  • Unless otherwise authorized, researchers may consult only one book or one box of manuscripts at a time. A researcher requesting both book and manuscript materials must consult them separately, unless otherwise authorized.
  • All materials consulted must be handled with great care. Researchers handling materials carelessly will be denied further access to the collections.
  • Materials must remain on the table during use. They are not to be placed in the lap or propped against the table edge.
  • When consulting some types of material, researchers will be required to wear gloves supplied by the department. Loose photographs will always require gloves.
  • Researchers are held responsible for all materials charged to them. Materials may not be transferred from one researcher to another.
  • Cameras are allowed in the reading room, but flash must always be off when photographing items.
  • Cell phone rings must be off when in the reading room doing research.
DUPLICATION AND REPRODUCTION SERVICES POLICIES:
  • Special Collections provides staff-mediated photocopying and digitization services. Use of digital cameras without a flash is permitted.
  • All duplication of materials in Special Collections and Archives is done by staff only, and the library reserves the right to refuse a copying order if, in the staff's judgment, fulfillment of the order would violate copyright law, or if size or condition of the material does not permit safe copying.
  • Turnaround time for standard reproduction orders is four working days.
  • Due to limited staff we cannot accommodate expedited orders.
  • Photocopies larger than 11x17 cannot be made.
  • No more than 20 photocopies may be made from any single published item.
  • Any necessary restrictions on copying archival and manuscript collections is determined by Special Collections staff.


Duplication and Reproduction Costs:

In-house photocopies - $.10 per page

For patrons requesting photocopies by telephone request or email: $.25 per page with a minimum cost of $10.00.

Photographic Reproductions:

  • 8x10 = $12.00
  • 11 x 17 = $23.00
  • 16 x 20 $28.00

*If you need a size larger than 16x20, please contact the Archivist (lloscuto@stevens.edu)

Digital Reproductions:

High resolution TIFF = $10/per image
JPEG image = $5/per image

*If the image you need has already been scanned and is online, there is no charge.