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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

Please note that in-person appointments are not available at this time.  

Contact us via email for reference requests. Poly Archives at

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Poly Archives Feature

Tandon students enrolled in the Spring '22 semester course "Our Archives, Ourselves" created original research projects focusing on individual interests within the history of Poly/Tandon.  Link out to view their Omeka exhibits:

Poly Archives Omeka homepage with student exhibits




Tandon student Joel Ureña's ('20) project, The Polywog Collection, was featured in the Sept/Oct 2020 issue of Archival Outlook magazine.  We look forward to returning to campus in Fall 2021 and welcoming more students into our archives.  We can't wait to see what you discover & create!

Archival Outlook cover

              Polywog collection website      Archival Outlook magazine cover                                                          Screenshot of Joel's website, The Polywog Collection


More about this project:

Tandon feature story "A Deep Dive in the Archives Results in a Diversity-Focused Clothing Line"

NYU Libraries feature story "Inspired by Archives, Tandon Grad Celebrates Early Black Engineers in His Own Fashion

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