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The Rose Archives at The College at Brockport

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Housed in Drake Memorial Library, the Rose Archives tells the story of the college from its inception as a "Collegiate Institute" in 1835 through to the present day.

The materials held include annual reports, brochures, catalogs, committee reports, correspondence, faculty biographical information, minutes of meetings, newsletters, student registers, student newspapers and yearbooks, and much more. The collections also include many thousands of photographs, as well as maps, films and digital files.

The archives maintains a local history collection as well. The collection primarily focuses on Brockport, western Monroe County and eastern Orleans County. For more information see the local history link on this page.

Visitors are welcome but it is best to contact the archives first. The archives are generally open M-F, 9-5. Donations of documents, photographs and other items related to the history of the school are welcome within the limits of available space and resources, and with the understanding that they may be used for educational purposes.

Archives staff: Charlie Cowling is the college archivist.

Contact him at, or 585-395-5667. 

 In addition to the archives web pages, a helpful resource is our library guide to archives. A growing resource is college archives and local history sections of the Digital Commons. Some particularly helpful resources are:

  • Dedman, W. Wayne. (1969). Cherishing This Heritage . The history of the school from its beginnings through the 1960s, now online. Available in the college library in print copy too.
  • The Stylus. 1914-date. On microfilm in the library. There is an index here.
  • The Brockport Republic . Village newspaper,1857-1971, now available online. In addition to being good for local history, it provides valuable information on the school, especially up to the WWI era, when the student paper and other publications became more common.

Last Updated 9/2/15


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