Poly Archives and Special Collections

The mission of the Poly Archives is to collect, preserve, and provide access to the records of the Institute and related historical collections. The archives documents the history of the former Polytechnic University, Polytechnic Institute of New York, Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute.  The archives continues to collect records from the current New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering.

The rare book and special collections aims to provide context to the archival material by providing documentation of the history of science and technology, the development of Downtown Brooklyn, and the history of New York City.

For research appointments or questions, please email the archives.


About the Archives

Records of the Institute, faculty, and students


Rare Books and Special Collections

History of science and Brooklyn history



Using the Archives

Access and visitor information


finding aids

Finding Aids

Detailed descriptions of collections



Image Gallery

Online exhibitions of archival and special collections