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Special Collections and Archives

Collection Development

In keeping with the College's motto "Discimus ut Serviamus" (We Learn so that We May Serve), the Department of Special Collections pursues a Collection Development policy that documents the College's institutional history and preserves the social and cultural contributions of its faculty and students. Our collection focuses: Civil Rights; Performing Arts; Print History; the history of New York City; and the College's commitment to community engagement and advancement.

It is the mandate of the Department to collect materials that both supports the college curriculum and engages students with primary source materials, 21st century strategies for historical documentation, and teaches the importance of archives to formations of social and cultural authority.


Conditions of Use

Material reproduced from the Queens College Special Collections and Archives are for personal use only. The possession of a reproduction from the Archives’ holding does not constitute permission to use it in any other manner.

All patrons acquiring material for any other reason than personal use must complete the permission forms below. All requests for publication, reuse, or changes in use must be submitted to the Queens College Special Collections and Archives.

Policy Forms:


Special Collections and Archives Wiki

The Department's policies and guides can also be found on this wiki and are regularly revised and updated according to the profession's standards. The wiki also serves as a tool for those working within the department as well as a documentation of our practices for the archival field.



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Department of
Special Collections and Archives

Queens College Libraries, CUNY
Benjamin Rosenthal Library RO317

65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Queens, NY 11367-1597

Phone: 718-997-3650

Open 10 am - 4 pm, Monday - Wednesday. Please e-mail for an appointment.


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