Thursday, May 23, 2013

Memorial Day: "To The Boys In Service"

From the 1944 Saga yearbook. Pictured below are three of the young men on the page; you may visit the digitized version of the 1944 yearbook to see more. 

To The Boys In Service: Those were tense, exciting days when you left our class for the Armed Forces. But through your letters and occasional furlough visits, a loyal part of you has remained at B.S.T.C. You are marching, now, in uniform. Soon we who stayed behind will march in cap and gown. Together we are marching toward the inevitable victory.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Saga Yearbook: now online!

The college archives is pleased to announce that the Saga yearbook is now online through 1950. We will resume digitizing it this coming fall, and hope to be up through 1970 or more this time next year. If you would like a higher quality image of a a page or an image from one of the yearbooks contact Charlie Cowling,

Friday, May 10, 2013

More Fannie Barrier

Researcher who'd contacted me before was in today. Is prepping for a presentation at this summer NY history conference on Fannie Barrier, particularly her speech at the 1893 World Parliment of Religion. Researcher is from Seneca Falls and associated with the Women's Rights Museum there, and is interested in nominating Fannie B. for a place in the hall of fame there!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Stage XVI

Students of more recent years don't know what Stage XVI was, but many of you may remember it, perhaps even lived there. It was a student apartment style housing complex at the west end of campus. All that remains of it today is the parking lots along the railroad tracks by the playing fields. They were a distinct group of buildings with their metal exteriors, but the complex only operated a relatively brief time, from the late 1970s to the early 1990s. It was sited unfortunately in an area that was prone to water problems, and the drainage of the area wasn't well prepared. Over the years water seeping into the foundations and walls made the maintainance of the buildings difficult, and it was finally decided to close them and demolish the complex, which was done in the mid 1990s.

Here is a picture of the complex in its heyday; if any readers out there have snapshots of the complex, especially the interiors, or stories to share of it, please do contact the archivist, Charlie Cowling,

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Old School Technology

We recently received back 250 images that had been digitized for us through a grant. They were made from the 4x5" negatives the archives has thousands of, and that cover approximately 1949-1965. What we had digitized was only a small sample set. Pictured here is a student posing with something contemporary students have likely never seen in person, let alone handled, a movie projector! Isn't that Brockport State jacket great too? If anyone knows who this student is, please post a comment or email Charlie Cowling at