Aerial view of Stony Brook University campus, 1970

An aerial of Stony Brook campus, 1970.

Courtesy of Special Collections and University Archives, Stony Brook University Libraries.

Originally published in Specula, the 1970 Stony Brook yearbook, this black-and-white photograph shows an aerial view of the university’s rapidly expanding campus on Long Island just eight years after its groundbreaking. In its first decade, the campus (colloquially referred to as Mudville) was under constant construction, with new buildings and roads replacing the trees of a once rural Suffolk County. The humanities building, which housed the Department of Art, the newly launched Black Studies program, and the classrooms where “5+1” was on view can be spotted in the top right corner of the image—an appropriately H-shaped structure.