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Photos of SUNY at Stony Brook back in 1965

The State University of New York at Stony Brook, also called Stony Brook University (SBU), is a public research university located in Stony Brook, Suffolk County, New York. It is the largest public university in the state and the flagship campus of the SUNY (State University of New York) system.

State University of New York at Stony Brook

Stony Brook's story began in Oyster Bay, New York in 1957, when it was called the State University College on Long Island. In 1960 the State decided to form a new public university on Long Island. upon a recommendation by the Heald Report, and Ward Melville donated over 400 acres of land at Stony Brook to the State for that purpose. Two years later, in 1962, the State University College on Long Island was relocated to Stony Brook and its name was changed to State University of New York at Stony Brook. In 1963, the State took another recommendation from the Heald Report, for the creation of a Health Science Center and campus hospital to train and prepare medical professionals.

Since then, Stony Brook has expanded to 1,454 acres of land with 213 buildings. These are are few of the originals, from photos taken in July of 1965:

I was only able to locate one of the buildings on the campus. The first picture in the slideshow above is what is now the Sports Complex building shown here on Google Maps:

Stay tuned as I share more of this collection of 1960s photos!


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