New book features photos of 200-year history of SUNY Potsdam compiled by two local authors
Sunday, December 25, 2011 - 7:53 am

POTSDAM – Two local authors and SUNY Potsdam graduates have compiled a book of photographs detailing the nearly 200-year history of the college.

Jane M. Subramanian and Virginia Rose Cayey collaborated to find and research more than 200 vintage images and memories of days gone by, and Arcadia Publishing is producing the book as part of its campus history series.

SUNY Potsdam is recognized by SUNY as the oldest unit of all its 64 campuses. The college traces its roots to the St. Lawrence Academy, founded in Potsdam in 1816.

The training of future teachers has been a strong emphasis since the academy days, and the Crane School of Music, formally established by Julia E. Crane in 1886, is known as the birthplace of American music education.

The book will include sections on the early years as St. Lawrence Academy; academics, places, athletics, recreation and student life; moving forward as Potsdam State Teachers College and SUNY; the new campus and its expansion; and traditions of teacher eduction.

The 128-page book retails at $21.99 and is available at area bookstores, independent retailers and online or through Arcadia at, 888-313-2665.

Subramanian served as a librarian at the college for many years, including college archivist from 1997 to 2011. Cayey served as a public school music teacher from 1960 to 1993.