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Seneca Ordnance Depot Completion Report

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 26 Aug 2013

Biographical History

Built in 1941, the Seneca Army Depot occupied approximately 10,000 acres of land between Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake in Seneca County, New York. It was used as a munitions storage and disposal facility by the United States Army from 1941 until the 1990s, and during the Cold War allegedly held the largest stockpile of Army nuclear weapons in the country. The base has also been known since the 1940s for being home to the largest herd of white deer in the world, known as the Seneca White Deer. The base was closed in 2000 and the property is presently (2013) used for a variety of civilian activities including residential housing, stock car racing, and leased storage.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Seneca Ordnance Depot Completion Report consists of a single large volume containing typed reports and summaries, architectural renderings and numerous photographs.

Arrangement of the Collection

Single volume.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings

Corporate Bodies

United States. -- Army.


Military architecture -- United States.
Military bases, American.
Nuclear weapons -- Storage.


Romulus (N.Y.) -- History.

Genres and Forms

Condition reports.
Renderings (drawings)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Seneca Ordnance Depot Completion Report,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 2013.

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