The M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives is pleased to announce the acquisition of the papers of Ronald B. Stafford. Stafford represented the North Country for a 37-year State Senate career which included membership on several committees. He ended his career as chairman of the powerful Finance Committee. Stafford, a Republican, was the first chairman of the Senateâ€™s Higher Education Committee. During his Senate career, he chaired the Senate Finance Committee, Higher Education Committee, Codes Committee, and the Judiciary Committee. In 1974, as Chairman of the Senateâ€™s Higher Education Committee he helped shape and create the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), a landmark program that opened access to college for New Yorkers who would otherwise have been unable to afford opportunities in higher education. He was a protector of the environment through his involvement in Adirondack Park affairs. Stafford was instrumental in bringing the 1980 Olympic Winter Games to...
Subject guides for manuscript collections and record groups related to Schenectady, New York and Rensselaer County, New York are now available. The Grenander Department's Subject Guides bring together collections from each of the distinctive manuscript and archival collections - the Archives of Public Affairs and Policy, Business, Literary, and Miscellany Collection, German and Jewish Intellectual Ã‰migrÃ© Collection, and University Archives. Over thirty Subject Guides are available on the Department's Website with more added on an ongoing basis. If you are interested in collections related to a topic not listed on the Subject Guide page, contact a member of the Department's staff for assistance.
The M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives is fortunate to have undergraduate and graduate students working on a variety of projects including arranging and describing collections, conducting research related to our collections, and many other initiatives. Here University at Albany graduate student Devin Lander writes about his ongoing project. My name is Devin Lander and I am a graduate student in the Public History Program at the University at Albany, SUNY. I have been fortunate enough to have been accepted to work with the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) collection at the University at Albany's M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives. Thus far I have been working on uploading CSEA photographs to the University at Albany Libraries' Digital Collections database, assigning them numbers, and adding all of the pertinent information to allow access to the collection via the web. Some of the interesting photographs that I...
The Department has created an account over at Flickr for sharing images from current events and programs. All images from the Department's collections that are available in digital form will continue to be available only in the University at Albany Libraries' Digital Collections database, so if you are looking for images from your commencement in 1975 you won't find them at the Flickr page.
Due to Thursdayâ€™s program "University in Exile: Refugee Scholars, the New School for Social Research, and the German and Jewish Intellectual Ã‰migrÃ© Collection", the Marcia Brown Research Room will be closing at 3:45pm on Thursday, October 12th. The Research Room will reopen Friday morning.
Speaking of Joseph Persico, the finding aid for the papers of Mr. Persico has recently been updated to include a chronological index of speeches, press releases, and transcripts written by Persico primarily for Governor and Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller.
The exhibit Intellectuals in Exile is now on display in the lobby of the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives (October 11-December 31, 2006; University Library January-May 31, 2007). The exhibit includes items drawn from the collections of several individuals in the German and Jewish Intellectual Émigré Collection including Karl O. Paetel, Benedikt Dolbin, Roy C. Bates (Kurt Bauchwitz), Walter Maria Kotschnig, and others. The exhibit was curated by Mary Osielski and Sandy Hawrylchak with preservation assistance by Katie Mullen. The exhibit coincides with Thursday's program "University in Exile: Refugee Scholars, the New School for Social Research, and the German and Jewish Intellectual Émigré Collection" at 4pm in the Standish Room of the Science Library. Update: An abridged version of the exhibit Intellectuals in Exile is now on display in the lobby of the University Library through May 2007.
University at Albany alum Harvey Milk (class of 1951) is the featured leader for October 10th at the GLBT History Month website. While the papers of Harvey Milk are held by the San Francisco Public Library, researchers can review the column Milk wrote for the Albany Student Press while a student at the University in the Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives.
In addition to American Archives Month, October is also designated as GLBT History Month, which provides an ideal opportunity to highlight collections in the Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives. The Department's subject guide for Human Sexuality and Gender Identity collections has expanded a great deal in recent months as new inventories and finding aids have been added for a number of collections including the Capital District Gay and Lesbian Community Council, Steven F. Dansky, Campus Action, and others. Another collection researchers should be aware of is the papers of Joseph Norton. In addition to material related to Joseph Norton's career as a professor in the School of Education at the University at Albany, the papers also include two cubic feet of correspondence, minutes of meetings, and printed materials relating to Norton's involvement in the gay liberation movement. Norton was an advisor to the Gay Liberation Front in New...
October is American Archives Month and New York State's theme for Archives Week (October 8-14) this year is Archives-Bridges from the Past to the Present. Events began a week early as is customary in the Capital Region with the Annual Capital Region Archives Dinner at the Executive Mansion on October 4th. The featured speaker was author Joseph Persico and the evening was capped off for attendees as they were treated with a visit to the Mansion's second floor. The Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives commemorates Archives Week with the program "University in Exile: Refugee Scholars, the New School for Social Research, and the German and Jewish Intellectual Ã‰migrÃ© Collection" sponsored by the University Libraries, Center for Jewish Studies, and the College of Arts and Sciences on Thursday, October 12th at 4pm in the Standish Room of the Science Library. Details about parking and directions are available here.