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    In the library, leather bound volumes filled the bookcases, while newly electrified desk lamps and chandeliers provided ample lighting. (Planting Fields, Oyster Bay, NY/Stony Brook University)

    Commencement, 1963 (Planting Fields, Oyster Bay, NY/Stony Brook University)

    Commencement, 1963, (Planting Fields, Oyster Bay, NY/Stony Brook University)

    Commencement, 1963 (Planting Fields, Oyster Bay, NY/Stony Brook University)

    "Nameless Day," circa 1958, (Planting Fields, Oyster Bay, NY/Stony Brook University)

    Womens dormitory, circa 1959 (Planting Fields, Oyster Bay, NY/Stony Brook University)

    Commencement, 1963 (Planting Fields, Oyster Bay, NY/Stony Brook University)

    Leonard K. Olson was named Dean of the State University College on Long Island on February 14, 1957. (Planting Fields, Oyster Bay, NY/Stony Brook University)

    The State University of New York awarded one-quarter of the Oyster Bay faculty research grants in 1958. Newly hired professor Dr. Joseph Silverman of the Chemistry Department is pictured here in a laboratory with two Natural Science I students. (Planting Fields, Oyster Bay, NY/Stony Brook University)

    The college did not initially assemble sports teams or organize extracurricular activities. Consequently, Coe Hall's "Coffee Shop" became the center of the social activity. (Planting Fields, Oyster Bay, NY/Stony Brook University)

    Coe Hall, Planting Fields, Oyster Bay, New York: hallway, circa 1961 (first campus of Stony Brook University)

    W. Allen Austill, a former colleague of Leonard Olson at the University of Chicago, was appointed as Dean of Students in May of 1957. Dean Austill was a beloved figure at the Oyster Bay campus, for he was a strong advocate for students' rights (credit: University Archives, Stony Brook University).

    Frank Melville, Jr. Memorial Library, Stony Brook University, circa 1971 (credit: University Archives, Stony Brook University).

    The main library on the west campus at Stony Brook University is named in honor of Frank Melville, Jr.

    Coe Hall, Planting Fields, Oyster Bay, New York: campus art committee, 1961 (first campus of Stony Brook University) (credit: University Archives, Stony Brook University).

    Let it snow....Melville Library, Stony Brook University, 2003 (credit: University Archives, Stony Brook University).

    Library, 1964 (credit: University Archives, Stony Brook University).

    Library, June 1970 (credit: University Archives, Stony Brook University).

    Frank Melville, Jr. Memorial Library, Stony Brook University, 1971

    Frank Melville, Jr. Memorial Library, Stony Brook University, 1971 (credit: University Archives, Stony Brook University) (credit: University Archives, Stony Brook University).

    Frederik de Wit. Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis Tabula, circa 1668 (credit: Special Collections and University Archives, Stony Brook University).