SUNY Old Westbury

Department: Library/Archives
99 Cedar Swamp Rd
Glen Head, NY 11545
Phone: (516) 876-3000
Christa DeVirgilio - (516) 876-3472 -

SUNY Old Westbury


The College at Old Westbury was conceived in the midst of the late twentieth century’s democratizing of higher education.  First proposed in 1964, the College at Old Westbury was designed to meet the needs of the metropolitan New York City area.

The State University of New York College at Old Westbury was chartered in 1965 by SUNY’s Chancellor, Samuel B. Gould, who sought to add to the state system, a college that was innovative in curricula and academic policy. Its first president, Harris Wofford, envisioned the creation of a small experimental institution, centered on a common core of courses and individualized student projects, that would draw a diverse but talented group of students and faculty together.

SUNY Old Westbury is a member of the Long Island Library Resources Council.


"The Catalyst" front page of April 21, 1977

Issues of "The Catalyst," the official SUNY OW student newspaper

Assigned seating for graduate students for graduation exercises circa 1979.

Oral histories and papers from student projects.