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: ua000
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Office of the President Records, 1827 - 2017 July 17

427 cubic ft.
Administrative records from the Office of the President, which guides the overall direction and leadership of the school. This collection documents major university initiatives and trends since it's beginning in the 19th century.
University Archives: ua305

Financial Secretary Records, 1844-1965

15.2 cubic ft.
This collection consists primarily of the records of the Treasurer for the State College for Teachers. Also included are some financial records from earlier iterations of the College (New York State Normal School and New York State Normal College) and records of the Financial Secretary, which succeeded the position of Treasurer. Materials include cash books, budget documents, and correspondence.
University Archives: ua100
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University Council Records, 1844 - 2018 January 17

17 cubic ft.
Includes meeting minutes and supporting documentation of the Executive Committee of the New York State Normal School, 1844-1990; the Board of Trustees 1890-1928; and Board of Visitors, 1928-1939, of the New York State College for Teachers; and minutes, correspondence, reports, and publications of the University Council, 1965-2015. The power of the original Executive Committee, Board of Trustees, Board of Visitors extended to the hiring and firing of all employees, prescribing the curriculum including the texts used in courses. These bodies reported jointly to the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York and the Superintendent of Education, the later individual serving as Chairman of successive bodies. The powers of the University Council, created by the SUNY Board of Trustees in 1954, are far more restricted, being limited to nominating presidents, naming buildings, and reviewing and approving major policy changes and initiatives.
University Archives: ua801.004
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University at Albany, SUNY Alumni Memorabilia Collection, 1845-2014

12.21 cubic ft.
The collection documents the day-to-day student life at the University at Albany and its predecessor institutions, including the State Normal School (1844-1890), the New York State Normal College (1890-1914), the New York State College for Teachers (1914-1959), and the State University of New York at Albany (1962-1986).
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: 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: ua800.010

Adelphoi Literary Society Records, 1902-1931

0.33 cubic ft.
A social fraternity for High School students attending the Milne School, the training school attached to the New York State College for Teachers.
University Archives: ua671
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Department of Information Studies Records, 1912-2004

18.47 cubic ft.
Documents the administrative, curricular, and social activities of the Department of Information Studies from its establishment as a one year undergraduate school for librarians in 1926 through the early part of the twenty-first century.
University Archives: ua330

Office of Business Affairs Records, 1914-1978

1.37 cubic ft.
Contains budget and administrative planning records from the Business Office and the Office of the Dean for Administration, primarily dating from the mid- to late-1960s.
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: 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: ua200
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University Senate Records, 1915 - 2017 May 17

31 cubic ft.
The University Senate is a legislative arm of the faculty comprised of 81 faculty, professional, and student senators. Records include legislation, meeting records, and Council Records.
University Archives: ua580

University Libraries Records, 1916-1993

163.7 cubic ft.
This collection consists mainly of the records of the Office of the Director, records of the Library's divisions and departments, and the University Library Faculty. Includes accession and withdrawal records, 1929-1957; book circulation records, 1929-1960; correspondence, reports and minutes of bibliographers' meetings, 1966-1979; and bound volumes of the University Libraries newsletter, 1972-1976; announcements, schedules of events, memoranda, newspaper clippings, and brochures relating to Community University Day, 1972-1983; memoranda and pamphlets about access policy, 1979-1983; and annual reports, 1979-1987.
University Archives: ua809
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Student Newspapers Collection, 1916-2018

2282 Digital Files
The University at Albany, SUNY student newspapers (State College News,, State University News, Albany Student Press), from 1916-present. Issues from the years 1916-1985 and 2015-present are available online. Additional issues are only available in-person.
University Archives: ua415

Office of Summer Sessions, 1919-1975

1.4 cubic ft.
Contains the records of the Office of Summer Sessions (currently known as the Office of General Studies and Summer Sessions), including annual reports, budget materials, and enrollment data.
University Archives: ua800.005

Gamma Kappa Phi Sorority Records, 1920-1971

0.6 cubic ft.
The Gamma Kappa Phi Sorority Records contain documents related to the history, activities and alumnae of the Gamma Kappa Phi Sorority 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: 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: ua410
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Office of Graduate Education Records, 1931-2017

10.42 cubic ft.
This collection contains inactive records from the Office of Graduate Education (previously called the Office of Graduate Studies), which is responsible for the administration of graduate programs at the University.
University Archives: ua602

Department of Classics, 1934-1986

1 cubic ft.
Inactive records from the Department of Classics, including course readings, course schedules, and curricula.
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: 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: 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: ua603

Department of English Records, 1939-2000

9.33 cubic ft.
Contains inactive records of the Department of English, including syllabi and course materials, annual reports, departmental correspondence, department publications, and administrative records.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: ua652.004

Center for Community Studies Records, 1946-1976

14.2 cubic ft.
Created in 1950 in part to study education in school districts. The Center's mission was to identify the research factors that aid in constructing and maintaining strong democratic communities and to promote such factors through education.
University Archives: ua337

Office of Human Resources Management Records, 1947-2017

3.53 cubic ft.
This collection contains salary schedules and rosters, personnel policy and procedure documentation, and other records pertaining to the Office of Human Resources Management and its predecessor bodies.
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: 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: 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: 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: ua511

Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 1958-2000

0.67 cubic ft.
Contains inactive records of the Office Of Undergraduate Admissions, including annual reports, enrollment data, and other administrative reports and correspondence.
University Archives: ua616

Department of Psychology Records, 1960-1985

2 cubic ft.
Contains the inactive records of the Department of Psychology, primarily published reports with a small volume of additional administrative records.
University Archives: ua654

Department of Reading Records, 1962-1978

1 cubic ft.
Contains records from the Department of Reading, including instructional materials, faculty publications, and coursework.
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: ua812

WCDB Radio Records, 1962-1986

3.33 cubic ft.
This collection contains the inactive records from campus radio station WCDB and its predecessor, WSUA. Materials include meeting minutes, policy documentation, financial records, internal and external correspondence and radio schedules.
University Archives: ua652.005

Center for Curriculum Research and Service Records, 1963-1970

0.66 cubic ft.
Includes publications from the Center for Curriculum Research and Service, which provided laboratory experience for the development and application of curricula for undergraduate and graduate students.
University Archives: ua320

Office of Equipment Management Records, 1963-1972

5.33 cubic ft.
This collection consists of inactive records from the Office of Equipment Management (formerly the Equipment Office), which is responsible for overseeing equipment purchases and inventory management at the University.
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.
University Archives: ua657

Department of Counseling and Personnel Services Records, 1965-1976

0.57 cubic ft.
Contains records from the Department of Counseling and Personnel Services (previously known as the Department of Guidance and Personnel Services). Consists primarily of budget documentation, meeting minutes, and course planning materials.
University Archives: ua380

Department of Public Safety Records, 1965-1981

0.83 cubic ft.
This collection contains the records of the Department of Public Safety, which oversaw campus security. The bulk of the collection consists of crime and incident reports.
University Archives: ua600.001

Performing Arts Center, 1965-1989

6.56 cubic ft.
Contains records from the Performing Arts Center, which was completed in 1969 on the new campus to replace Page Hall as the primary performance space at the University. The collection includes space planning materials, publications, and records from events held at the PAC (including fliers, press releases, programs, and attendence reports).
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: ua680.010

Center for Legislative Development Records, 1966-2000

82 cubic ft.
Contains the inactive records of the Center for Legislative Development (formerly the Comparative Development Studies Center), which delivers training and technical assistance programs to strengthen governmental institutions around the world.
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: ua603.005

Department of Comparative and World Literature Records, 1967-1976

0.33 cubic ft.
Contains records from the Department of Comparative and World Literature, which existed from 1967 until 1976. Contents include: course planning materials, internal evaluations, meeting records, and annual reports.
University Archives: ua809.001
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Albany Student Press Records, 1967-1999

1.17 cubic ft.
Comprised mainly of photographs documenting students, faculty, and campus events, as well as administrative papers relating to the organization's independence from the Student Association, the Albany Student Press Records offer a glimpse into the newspaper's activities from the late 1960s to 1990s.
University Archives: ua190

University at Albany Foundation Collection, 1967-2006

0.33 cubic ft.
Contains correspondence, financial statements, and other administrative records for the University at Albany Foundation, which is a not-for-profit corporation that manages philanthropic contributions given in support of the University at Albany.
University Archives: ua607

Philosophy, 1968-1989

0.33 cubic ft.
Contains records from the Department of Philosophy, including course bulletins, degree proposals, and related memoranda.
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: ua626

Department of Geological Sciences Records, 1969-1986

0.17 cubic ft.
Contains records from the department of Geological Sciences, which became the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences in 1996. The Geology program was suspended in 2007.
University Archives: ua651.002

Two-Year College Development Center, 1969-1991

2 cubic ft.
Contains records from the Two-Year College Development Center (later referred to as the Two-Year College Student Development Center, and subsequently renamed the Center for Innovation and Career Development). The collection contains annual reports, workshop and conference materials, and educational materials.
University Archives: ua089

Caucus on Women's Rights at SUNY, Albany Chapter Records, 1970-1976

0.17 cubic ft.
The Caucus on Women's Rights at SUNY was organized in Syracuse, New York in June 1970. Includes newsletters, position statements, and other records of the Caucus and the University of Albany chapter. The issues addressed by the Caucus included equal compensation and benefits, affirmative action, parental leave, health and retirement benefits, various student concerns, and parttime employment.
University Archives: ua730.008

Office of Disabled Student Services Records, 1970-1979

0.6 cubic ft.
Contains inactive records from the Office of Disabled Student Services, now known as the Disability Resources Center. Materials include grant proposals, progress reports, correspondence, and other administrative records.
University Archives: ua790

Office of Resource Development Records, 1970-1982

0.33 cubic ft.
Contains records from the Office of Resource Develoment, including memoranda relating to the establishment and administration of various scholarships at the University.
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: ua370

Office of Diversity and Inclusion Records, 1970-2017

16.30 cubic ft.
Records of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and its predecessors. Materials include administrative correspondence, committee and task force meeting materials, planning documentation, and assorted reports, all relating to issues of diversity, inclusion, equal employment, and discrimination.
University Archives: ua658

Teacher Education Development Service Records, 1971-1977

4 cubic ft.
A joint federal and state grant-funded program to implement competency-based teacher education (CBTE) and develop a statewide collaborative system of support for additional CBTE efforts.
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: ua607.005

Department of Judaic Studies Records, 1972-1987

12.6 cubic ft.
Contains records from the Department of Judaic Studies, which was formed in 1970. Consists primarily of multimedia instructional materials.
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: ua300

Division of Finance and Business Records, 1972-2000

4 cubic ft.
Contains the records of the Division of Finance and Business, which preceded the current Division of Finance and Administration. It was overseen by the Vice President of Finance and Business and was responsible for many administrative functions at the University: budget and accounting, personnel, facilities, security, and internal audit.
University Archives: ua653

Career Education Institute Records, 1974-1976

2 cubic ft.
Contains the records of the Career Education Institute, which was a professional development program that ran from 1974-1976 for secondary school teachers in the Capital District aimed at helping integrate career education into secondary school curricula. The collection consists of administrative correspondence, financial documents, and informational materials from the program.
University Archives: ua020

Director of Planning Records, 1974-1981

1.66 cubic ft.
Records of the Director of Planning, a position that reported to the President and was responsible for coordinating the three-year and master planning process across the University.
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: ua400
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Division for Research Records, 1974-2013

42.88 cubic ft.
This collection contains records from the Office of the Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies, which oversaw research and graduate education at the University between 1971 and 1998.
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: ua685
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Center for Women in Government & Civil Society Records, 1976-2003

23 cubic ft.
The Center for Women in Government & Civil Society (CWGCS) was established in 1978 to elimination of sex discrimination in New York State government employment. The Center part of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy and receives both public and private funding.
University Archives: ua605.005

Institute for Mesoamerican Studies Records, 1977-1985

0.2 cubic ft.
Contains publications from the Institute for Mesoamerican Studies, a research institute within the Department of Anthropology that focuses on the peoples and cultures of Mesoamerica.
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.