University Archives

University Archives

Records that document the history of the University at Albany, SUNY and its predecessor schools.
The University Archives documents the history of the University at Albany, SUNY from its origin in 1844 as the New York State Normal School to train teachers for New York State to its present status as a comprehensive research university. The department collects, manages, and provides access to permanent university records for research use. This includes the administrative records of the university, student groups, faculty, alumni, and affiliated organizations. Collecting and preserving university records documents our history and promotes transparency and accountability.
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University Archives: ua950.005
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Campus Construction Collection, 1951-1987

1.5 cubic ft.
This collection contains planning documents used in the development and construction of the University at Albany, SUNY's Uptown campus.
University Archives: ua950.007

Campus Unrest Collection, 1967-1972

1.53 cubic ft.
The Campus Unrest Collection documents volatile events during the late 1960s and the early 1970s that occurred not only at the State University Of New York at Albany, but at other Universities as well.
University Archives: ua806

Chi Sigma Theta Sorority Records, 1914-2014, Undated

15.58 cubic ft.
The Chi Sigma Theta Sorority Records contain documents related to the history, activities and alumnae of the Chi Sigma Theta Sorority at the University at Albany.
University Archives: ua665

College of General Studies Records, 1962-1978

1 cubic ft.
Contains records from the College of General Studies, which was created in 1965 and later became the College of Continuing Studies (and, subsequently, the Division of Continuing Studies). The collection contains reports, meeting minutes, course materials, correspondence, and ephemera.
University Archives: ua520

Dean of Undergraduate Studies Records, 1958-1986

8.37 cubic ft.
This collection contains records from the period in which Robert Morris served as Dean of the University College (1966-1970) and Dean of Undergraduate Studies (1970- roughly 1977).
University Archives: ua605

Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies Records, 1974-1985

0.66 cubic ft.
This collection contains adminstrative memoranda, correspondence with students, course materials, and other adminstrative records from the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies, primarily dated from 1970-1986.
University Archives: ua615
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Department of History Records, 1943-2018

6 cubic ft.
The Department of History Records contains documents related to the Bachelor of Arts degree, a Doctor of Philosophy degree, a Masters of Arts Degree, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Public History. Documents also relate to the changing thematic and geographic focus of various degree tracks.
University Archives: ua627

Department of Mathematics and Statistics, 1936-1987

11 cubic ft.
Contains inactive records from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, including faculty research and publications, departmental correspondence, course materials, and planning and policy documentation.
University Archives: ua684

Department of Political Science, 1970-1988

1 cubic ft.
Contains inactive records from the Department of Political Science, including correspondence, course materials, and planning documents.
University Archives: ua040

Division of Academic Planning and Development Records, 1980-1987

3 cubic ft.
Includes correspondence, memoranda, and reports relating to academic planning and development from the subject files of the Office of the Vice President for Academic Planning and Development. Material relates to the offices responsibilities for the improvement freshmen education, the Intensive English Language Program, interest in and the need for part-time study for disabled students in the Capital District; the Suburban Scholastic Council High School-College Partnership; and the Five Center Computer proposal. The office was created in 1985 and its functions dispersed in 1987.
University Archives: ua730

Division of Student Affairs Records, 1926-2005

18.33 cubic ft.
Contains the records of the Division of Student Affairs, its subordinate offices, and its predecessor bodies, including the Office of the Dean of Students. Materials include: planning and policy documentation, admissions and financial aid statistics, correspondence, and meeting minutes.
University Archives: ua696.002

Environmental Decisions Commission Records, 1971-1980

0.33 cubic ft.
The Environmental Decisions Commission has developed a policy base for decisions on matters relating to the environmental health quality of the university. They have dealt with many environmental issues on campus including traffic control, composting, recycling paper and more.
University Archives: ua902.031

Eugene McLaren Papers, 1940-2001

7.8 cubic ft.
The Eugene McLaren Papers document his academic pursuits as well as research he conducted while on the faculty at the University at Albany.
University Archives: ua310

Faculty-Student Association Records, 1952-1976

4.0 cubic ft.
The Faculty-Student Association Records document the day-to-day operations of this non-profit organization which provided ancillary services to the university community.
University Archives: ua580.020

Friends of the Libraries Records, 1981-2006

5 cubic ft.
The Friends of the Libraries Records contain the day-to-day activities of this University at Albany organization comprised of faculty, staff, alumni, and community members.
University Archives: ua902.075

Harry Price Papers, 1949-1978

2.67 cubic ft.
Dr. Harry S. Price taught in the History Department at the University at Albany from 1947 to 1979. the collection includes correspondence from 1967 to 1968, office files from 1953-1978, and bulletins from 1982 to 1985. Also included are meeting minutes and lecture notes.
University Archives: ua690.015
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Institute of Gerontology Records, 1968-1995

11.6 cubic ft.
The records of the Institute of Gerontology include materials from the Institute on Aging, the Institute of Gerontology and the Ringel Institute of Gerontology, all of which served the same function within the State University of New York at Albany. Records include materials about program creation, correspondence, day files, grant applications, budgets, publications, research materials and professional development.
University Archives: ua902.006

Joseph L. Norton Papers, 1940-1998, bulk 1950-1983

14 cubic ft.
The Joseph L. Norton Papers include notes, correspondence, memoranda, newsletters, publications, and other materials documenting Norton's work as a SUNY Albany professor, a counselor, a teacher, and an activist in the gay community.
University Archives: ua800.006

Kappa Delta Sorority Records, 1899-2001, Undated

7.1 cubic ft.
The Kappa Delta Sorority Records contain documents related to the formation, activities and alumnae of the Kappa Delta Sorority at the University at Albany.
University Archives: ua732

Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program Records, 1972-1987

0.2 cubic ft.
Contains records from the Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program, which operates within Counseling and Psychological Services and provides telephone and online peer assistance, peer education, and peer advisement services. Materials include brochures, fliers, correspondence, and training manuals.
University Archives: ua800.001

Myskania Records, 1915-1984

1.42 cubic ft.
The original student government of the State College for Teachers, founded in 1917. Myskania acted as a secret society which selected its own members, but its duties were gradually assumed by the Student Association and it was disbaned in 1979.
University Archives: ua535

Office of Information Systems and Technology Records, 1984-1994

9 cubic ft.
Contains records from the Office of Information Systems and Technology, which oversaw Computing Services, the Educational Communication Center, the University Libraries, and other information services on campus. The collection includes administrative correspondence, planning documentation, budget materials, and other administrative records.
University Archives: ua731

Office of Student Involvement Records, 1975-2001

11.5 cubic ft.
Contains records from the Office of Student Involvement, and its predecessor offices: the Office of Student Life and the Office of Campus Life. Materials in the collection address the administration of student activities on campus, including student group policies and event planning.
University Archives: ua700

Office of the Vice President for University Affairs Records, 1966-1988

9.33 cubic ft.
Contains records from the Office of the Vice President of University Affairs (which existed from 1972 until approximately 1990), including correspondence, meeting materials, and planning documentation on the subject of alumni and parent relations, advancement, contract negotiations, event planning, and budget.
University Archives: ua902.007

Paul Bruce Pettit Papers, 1938-1972

2.0 cubic ft.
Personal and professional papers of Paul Bruce Pettit, professor of theatre at the University at Albany, 1947-1972. Includes essays, play scripts and literary writings produced while enrolled in graduate programs at Cornell University, his theses (M.A. 1943 and Ph.D. 1949), correspondence, offprints of articles about theater related subjects, newspaper clippings, scripts of radio broadcasts (1947-1948), and lecture notes from Pettit's tenure as a professor and chairman of the Department of Theatre. While on a Fulbright Scholarship Pettit directed the National Theater in Cyprus (1964 and 1965) and was known for his work in arena theater.
University Archives: ua800.008

Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Alpha Chapter Records, 1940-1992

1.2 cubic ft.
The Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Alpha Chapter Records contain documents related to the formation and activities of the Alpha Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at the University at Albany.
University Archives: ua800.009

Phi Delta Sorority Records, 1923-2004, Undated

3.64 cubic ft.
The Phi Delta Sorority Records contain documents related to the history, activities and alumnae of the Phi Delta Sorority at the University at Albany.
University Archives: ua800.013

Pi Omega Pi, Beta Eta Chapter Records, 1942-1986

1.66 cubic ft.
The Pi Omega Pi Records contain documents pertaining to the National Business Education Teacher Honor Society's Beta Eta chapter at the University at Albany.
University Archives: ua902.009

Robert Rienow Papers, 1875-1984, bulk 1955-1979

15.72 cubic ft.
Correspondence with publishers and environmental groups including the Constitutional Council for Forest Preserves, 1970–71; Defenders of Wildlife, 1970–76; Albany Environmental Council, 1965–76; draft manuscripts and typescripts, 1956–79, of texts, scholarly and popular articles and books relating to local, state, national, and international government and to environmental issues such as the anti-nuclear movement, forest preservation, wildlife preservation, the Adirondack Mountains, lecture notes taken as a student and given to his classes, 1930–70, scripts for his television series "Man Against His Environment", 1970–71, drafts of speeches on environmental concerns, tape cassettes on environmental issues created as staff lecturer for the Center for Cassette Studies, clippings files on government and environmental issues, photographs of Rienow and his wife. Robert Rienow was educated at Carthage College (B.A., 1930), and Columbia University (M.A., 1934; Ph.D., 1937), served as Instructor, 1936–41, Assistant Professor, 1941–47, and Professor, 1947–80, of Social Science at the State University of New York at Albany, now the University at Albany. Through out his career Rienow maintained an active interest in environmental issues and a belief in the need to popularize issues of public concern. (See also papers of his wife Leona Train Rienow).
University Archives: ua630

School of Business Records, 1937-2003

14.17 cubic ft.
Contains inactive records from the School of Business, including: planning documentation, reports and budgets, MBA proposals, and faculty meeting minutes.
University Archives: ua629

School of Nursing Records, 1964-1979

14.6 cubic ft.
The School of Nursing Records document the history and day-to-day operations of the School at the University at Albany since its first full year of operation in 1967 through its closing in 1979.
University Archives: ua690
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School of Social Welfare Records, 1964-2000

23.4 cubic ft.
The School of Social Welfare Records document the history and day-to-day operations of the School at the University at Albany since its first full year of operation in 1964 through 2000.