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Poly Archives & Special Collections

Guide to the collections in the Poly Archives at Bern Dibner Library, New York University.

Using the Materials

Poly Archives room in Dibner Library.

Please note that in-person appointments are not available at this time.  Contact us via email for reference requests.

Appointments are necessary for all researchers who wish to consult archival and manuscript materials. To schedule an appointment, please email the Poly Archives at Please allow at least 24 hours advance notice when making appointments. 

For more information about Planning Your Visit see our website. 

To locate material across this or other collections at NYU Libraries, you can Search our Finding Aids.

Poly Archives & Special Collections

Polytechnic Chemistry Lab circa 1920.  Several individuals work at lab tables surrounded by lab equipment that includes glass jars.

The mission of the Poly Archives is to collect, preserve, and provide access to the records of the former Polytechnic Institute (1854-2014). The archives document the history of the former iterations of the school including: the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute, Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, Polytechnic Institute of New York, Polytechnic University, and Polytechnic Institute of New York University.

The Poly Archives’ rare books and special collections provide context to the archival material by providing documentation of the history of science and technology, particularly in Brooklyn, and the development of MetroTech Center.

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Plan Your Visit

To plan your visit to the Poly Archives see our website.