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The Marcia Brown Digital Collection

The Marcia Brown Digital Collection includes speeches and images documenting her career as an internationally renowned illustrator and author of children's books. Brown attended the New York State College for Teachers from 1936-1940 and later produced over 30 children's books including three that were honored with a Caldecott Medal, the American Library Association's highest award for excellence in children’s picture-book illustration: Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper (1954); Once a Mouse (1961); and Shadow (1982). Six more of her books are Caldecott Honor Books.

The Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA)

The Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Digital Collection, documents New York State’s largest public employees' union including over one hundred video oral history interviews and thousands of historic photographs. Founded in 1910, CSEA's activities led to significant accomplishments including a major role in the establishment of the New York State Retirement System, the abolition of the 72-hour work week for employees of state institutions and the enormous growth of the public employee workforce following World War II. By the late 1970s, CSEA made its most dramatic move as a labor organization when it joined AFSCME and became involved in the recruitment of private sector employees. Today CSEA continues to serve as an advocate for workers, bargaining for equitable contracts and campaigning for quality and affordable health care, education, safe workplaces, and guaranteed Social Security benefits.

Norman Studer Collection

The Norman Studer Digital Collection contains audio recordings and photographs from his work at New York City's Downtown Community School (DCS) and Camp Woodland in Phoenicia, NY. Founded in 1940, Camp Woodland was a summer camp for New York City area children, and as Director from 1940-1962, Studer based the curriculum on experimental teaching methods deeply rooted in the Catskill Mountains folk culture. Each year Camp Woodland hosted an annual Folk Festival of the Catskills that attracted musical luminaries such as Pete Seeger, Bessie Jones, Norman Cazden, and Herb Haufrecht and local musicians including Grant Rogers, Harry Siemsen, George Edwards, Ernie Sagan, George Van Kleeck, and Etson Van Wagner. As DCS director from 1951 through 1970, Studer brought his interest in ethnic studies, folklore, and racial integration to this progressive, cooperative school.

University Archives

The University at Albany Archives’ Digital Collection consists of historical photographs, audio and video from the University at Albany, SUNY, and its predecessor institutions dating to the founding of the New York State Normal School in 1844. The digital images document the faculty, students, administration, buildings, and campus life and while there are photographs dating from the middle of the nineteenth century, the bulk of the collection dates from 1962 to the present and includes very substantial documentation of the construction of the Uptown Campus.

WAMC / Northeast Public Radio Collection

Founded in 1958 as an affiliate of Albany Medical College, WAMC/Northeast Public Radio is a regional public radio network serving parts of seven northeastern states including New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania and is a member of National Public Radio and an affiliate of Public Radio International. The program archive includes sleted shows from WAMC's nationally distributed productions including: The Best of Our Knowledge; The Book Show; The Capitol Connection; 51%; The Health Show; The Legislative Gazette; and The Media Project.