Poly Archives and Special Collections

The mission of the Poly Archives is to collect, preserve, and provide access to the records of the former Polytechnic Institute and the current School of Engineering. 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, Polytechnic Institute of New York University, New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering, and the current New York University Tandon School of Engineering.

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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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