Social Activists and Public Advocates
ACT UP, ALBANY (N.Y.) CHAPTER
Records, 1983-1992 (APAP-106)
The collection documents the activities of ACT UP, Albany (N.Y.) Chapter, and other chapters from its creation in 1987 to 1992. In March 1987, ACT UP, AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power, was formed in New York City by a group of people as a diverse, nonpartisan organization of individuals united in anger and committed to ending the AIDS crisis. ACT UP is a national and international nonpartisan activist group whose mission is to fight for "an end to the AIDS crisis." The collection consists of administrative files such as handbooks for activists, activism in various chapters, the AIDS Curriculum Lesson for the City of Albany, AIDS education and preventive guides and programs, correspondence, minutes, and papers of the Health Systems Agency of Northeastern New York, Inc., from 1990 to 1991. It also includes several legal documents related to human rights, penal law, and public health law, and meeting notes. The strengths of this collection are the posters, fliers, and other activism material from ACT UP chapters.
ALBANY COUNTY CIVIC CENTER
Collection, 1984–1989, .75 cubic ft. (APAP–004)
Reports and other records pertaining to the environmental impact of the construction of the Albany County Civic Center renamed the Knickerbocker Arena and then the Pepsi Arena, a multi-purpose sports, entertainment, and convention center that opened in downtown Albany, New York in 1989.
ALBANY FRIENDS MEETING
Papers, 1970s-1980s, 1 cubic ft. (APAP–166)
This collection includes material related to the Albany Friends Meeting's social justice activities, in particular the work of committees in opposition to the Vietnam War.
AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION,
EMPIRE STATE CAPITAL AREA CHAPTER
Records, 1955–1989, 8 cubic ft. (APAP–009)
Correspondence, minutes of meetings, and other records kept for the presidents, secretaries, and committee chairs of the American Society of Public Administrators (ASPA), Empire State Capital Area Chapter, founded in Albany, New York in 1945 and the only state chapter of this national organization based in Washington, D.C. The chapter has been instrumental in improving the administration of state government and has had an interest in creating the predecessor of the University at Albany's School of Public Administration in 1947, in training future state administrators in the 1950s, and in such issues as ethics in government and racial and sex discrimination in the 1970s and 1980s. Also includes official publications, photographs, and annual institute and regional conference literature.
ASSOCIATED INDUSTRIES OF NEW YORK STATE
Records, 1914–1981, 9 cubic ft. (APAP–043)
Minutes of the Board of Directors, 1914–1979; speeches and subject files of Raymond T. Schuler, its president, 1975–1979; the monthly magazine Monitor and other publications, 1914–1979; and other records of a statewide advocacy group dedicated "to improve the business climate in New York State and to promote the welfare of its members and their employees." It was founded in Buffalo, New York, and is a direct predecessor of The Business Council of New York State, which was formed in 1980 by the merger of Associated Industries and the Empire State Chamber of Commerce.
ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
Records, 1938–1992, 22.5 cubic ft. (APAP–003)
Minutes, subject files, and publications of ACUSNY, a coalition of public and private degree granting institutions of higher education, founded in 1906. ACUSNY first functioned to represent higher education on specific legislation and executive decisions, but today serves as a discussion forum and as a public advocate for the state's diverse colleges and universities.
ATLANTIC STATES LEGAL FOUNDATION
Records, 1974–2009, 167 cubic ft. (APAP-311)
The collection contains materials relating to the projects and cases pursued by ASLF, ASLF's collection of published environmental reports and newsletters, and subject files. ASLF activities encompassed almost every U.S. state and a few U.S. territories. The projects and cases are arranged by geographic regions, state, and finally alphabetically by the company or organization. The publications are arranged alphabetically, with separation between serial publications, New York publications, New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) publications, and other publications. The collection consists of correspondence, compliance reports, discharge monitoring reports (DMR), court documents, architectural drawings, laboratory analyses, notes, news clippings, National Discharge Elimination Permit System (NPDES) permits, photographs, quarterly non-compliance reports (QNCR), remediation programs, standing, subject files, workshops and environmental newsletters, studies and research reports
Papers, 1939–2001, 5.41 cubic ft. (APAP–115)
The collected papers of Edward James Bloch detail his early life, his military service in the Marine Corps during World War II, his three years in Turkey teaching biology, leadership in the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE), the Labor Action Coalition, the Capital Labor Religion Coalition, Interfaith Impact, Interfaith Alliance, three unsuccessful campaigns for Congress, and personal papers and correspondence. Seeing the horrors of World War II in combat and in the occupation of China, he changed his allegiance from capitalism to socialism in the post-war period. During the Vietnam War, he protested US military intervention in Southeast Asia as a member of the organization Veterans for Peace in Vietnam. Correspondence and creative writing make up the majority of Bloch's papers. His letters are particularly voluminous between 1944 and 1946, when he served in Okinawa and China as a Marine. Other letters in the collection span his career in the UE, Congressional campaign runs, and varied personal subjects. Beside correspondence, Bloch wrote poetry, plays, essays, and other literature. These writings begin in the published version of his very early poetry, Verses (1931). Of the records kept on the UE and Bloch's other union work, those files on General Electric and FBI files on Bloch and the UE stand out above the rest.
BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN'S CLUB
OF ALBANY, NEW YORK
Records, 1934–1988, 2.3 cubic ft. (APAP-064)
The collection includes minutes of board of directors' meetings, constitution and by–laws, publications, photographs, news clippings, and other materials pertaining to the Albany, New York chapter of the Business and Professional Women's Club of New York State, Inc. The Albany club was founded in 1934 "to elevate the standards for women in business and in the professions" and "extend opportunities to business and professional women through education along lines of industrial, scientific, and vocational activities."
BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN'S CLUB OF NEW YORK STATE, INC.
Records, 1921–2001, 3.99 cubic ft. (APAP–117)
These records document the history of the Business and Professional Women's Clubs of New York State, Inc. (BPWNYS). Along with legislation and education to support women in business and the professions, BPWNYS has sponsored programs and training for young women and girls. The group also works to bring the status of women and girls in the workplace to the attention of government and the media. The collection of BPWNYS includes the records of the state board meeting, annual legislative conference, annual convention, and publications produced by the Clubs. There are also a few photographs. The records and related materials concerning the annual legislative conferences and the annual state and national conventions are extensive. There are also quite a few issues of the BPWNYS's official magazine The Nike.
BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN'S CLUB
OF SCHENECTADY, NEW YORK
Records, 1927–2006, 37 cubic ft. (APAP-218)
These records document the history of the Business and Professional Women's Clubs of Schenectady, NY. The collection includes meeting minutes, news clippings, publications, programs, scrapbooks detailing the club's activities and accomplishments, and photographs. The Schenectady Club was organized in 1927. The collection also includes records retained by Club members involved in BPW activities at the district and state levels. The collection is not yet arranged and described.
Records, 1992–2006, 2.29 cubic ft. and 68 mb of electronic records (APAP–164)
Campus Action was formed in April 1992 as a multicultural, multi-issue organization with a mission to promote activism and support activist organizations on university campuses in New York’s Capital Region. It maintained eight chapters representing individual campuses as well as a central office at the Social Justice Center in Albany. The records of Campus Action contain materials collected and generated by the organization including both paper documents and electronic records. These materials include minutes, correspondence, publications, grant applications, webpages, fliers, leaflets and other handouts. The collection holds material from the Campus Action central office and does not contain material specific to the individual chapters of Campus Action. Campus Action created a number of publications for campus distribution. These include the newsletter Campus Action News, two study guides, and directories of local activist organizations and internships. These are all represented in the collection, along with materials from the biannual conferences held to help organize activism, primarily as paper documents with some additional later material in electronic form. The case of Ali Yaghi, an Albany resident and owner of a pizza shop who was arrested just days after 9/11, is also documented in the collection.
CAPITAL AREA COUNCIL OF CHURCHES
Records, 1941–2002, 9 cubic ft. (APAP–129)
The Capital Area Council of Churches (CACC) was founded in 1941. The federation was intended to encompass, absorb, coordinate and extend the community service and ministry functions of several existing organizations. The majority of records in this collection are board minutes (with organizational constitutions, Director's Reports, and some committee minutes) reports, newsletters, administrative files, subject files, and some correspondence. There is also a collection of clippings from local newspapers. Well structured documentation, in the form of meeting minutes, of the formative period of the organization allow for a determination of the principle factors, both human and situational, for the genesis of the CACC. There are numerous sources (minutes, newsletters, annual reports) of the names of individuals and the roles they played in the organization; names, locations, size, relative prosperity and denomination of member congregations; and information pertaining to the other groups, individuals, and organizations which provided services in the Capital District. Many of the records show the degree to which the organization was concerned and involved with issues and events of local, national and international concern including World War II, the anti-Communist fervor, the Civil Rights Movement, the Abortion debate, the evolution of the State University of New York system, urban blight, and fair housing.
CAPITAL DISTRICT COALITION AGAINST
APARTHEID & RACISM (CDCAAR)
Records, 1981–1995, 6 reels of microfilm (APAP–011)
Contains newspaper articles, newsletters, legal papers and correspondence relating to the group's protest against the Springboks (South Africa's then all–white rugby team) game that was scheduled to take place in Albany, NY on September 21, 1981, and to court cases that grew out of the protests; correspondence, minutes, and reports relating to CDCAAR's struggle against apartheid in South Africa (especially related to a campaign to force NYS to divest pension funds invested in South Africa and a boycott of South African performers); and also documenting the organization's struggles against police abuse in Albany N.Y. (particularly the Jessie Davis case). Also includes a 1995 history of CDCAAR written by Vera Michelson. Includes a small group of papers from the Northeast Southern Africa Solidarity Network and the African National Congress. Founded in 1981 as an inter–racial group opposed to Apartheid, the group changed its name in 1995 to the Capital District Coalition for Southern Africa and Against Racism.
CAPITAL DISTRICT COMMITTEE FOR PALESTINIAN RIGHTS
Papers, 1950s-1990s, 1 cubic ft. (APAP–163)
This collection includes material collected and created by the the Capital District Committee for Palestinian Rights including newslettes such as "Middle East Justice Network," news articles, and files on meetings held between Palestinian and Jewish groups in the Capital Region.
CAPITAL DISTRICT GAY AND LESBIAN COMMUNITY COUNCIL, INC.
Records, 1972–2002, 5.33 cubic ft. (APAP–193)
The records of the Capital District Gay and Lesbian Community Center include primarly publications, correspondence, news clippings, and publicity materials. The collection includes: news clippings; correspondence; and publications that include CommUNITY (1974-2000), Speak Out (1974-1978), Northeast Alive, Capital District Alive, among others. The inventory provided here covers only the publications in this collection. Additional records created by the CDGLCC are also available in the Department of Special Collections and Archives, but have not yet been inventoried.
CAPITAL REGION TRANSGENDER COMMUNITY ARCHIVE
COLLECTION, 1969-2006, 3.37 cubic ft. (APAP-185)
The Capital Region Transgender Community Archive is a unique collection of local and regional newsletters and documents from the 1970s to the present. The bulk of the material in the collection dates from the 1980s and 1990s. The collection includes the TVIC newsletter (1972-1984), Transgender Independence Club newsletter (1987-2001), and issues of other local and national publications. Also available in the collection are posters, fliers, some organizational records, videos, and material from the Albany Gender Project. An incomplete inventory is provided here until the complete arrangement and description of the collection is completed.
CATHOLICS AGAINST CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
Records, 1972–2010, .8 cubic ft. (APAP–321)
Established in 1992, Catholics Against Capital Punishment seeks to promote greater awareness of Catholic Church teachings about capital punishment as unnecessary and inappropriate. As an advocate against the use of the death penalty, the organization shares news of Catholic anti-death penalty efforts, urges lawmakers to repeal existing capital punishment laws and to resist creating new ones, and encourages Catholic clergy and religious groups to speak out against capital punishment. The records document the organization's mission and include: statements by Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI, Vatican officials, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and its predecessor organizations, and individual bishops and U.S. State Catholic Conferences regarding the death penalty; testimony and letters submitted to the U.S. Congress advocating against the death penalty; and background research materials.
CITIZENS BUDGET COMMISSION
Records, 1931–1999, 12.92 cubic ft. (APAP–201)
The Citizens Budget Commission (CBC) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit civic organization devoted to influencing constructive change in the finances and services of New York City and New York State government. CBC was founded in 1932, when a group of distinguished civic leaders decided to start a research organization that would analyze the City's finances, evaluate the management of City government, report on these matters to its members, and recommend improvements to municipal officials. In 1984, CBC expanded this analysis to the fiscal affairs of State government. The collection includes: reports and press releases, 1932- 1999; Board of Trustee minutes, 1932-1974; annual reports, 1932-1993; clippings, 1930-1973; and photographs, 1955-1975.
CITY CLUB OF ALBANY
Records, 1945, 1947–1950, 1957–1961, .2 cubic ft. (APAP–082)
The City Club of Albany participated in public affairs and demonstrated interest in a variety of issues including services for senior citizens, city planning, world health, youth, environmental concerns, and others. The collection includes monthly reports, subject files, newsletters, and printed materials from the civic organization founded in 1919 to give women in the Capital District "an opportunity through membership to take part in public affairs." Chiefly files retained by Harriet D. Adams as vice president of the club when it was particularly interested in urban planning.
COMMITTEE FOR PROGRESSIVE LEGISLATION
Records, 1950-1993, 1.2 cubic ft. (APAP-123)
The Committee for Progressive Legislation was a group of Unitarian women who raised a liberal religious voice in politics by enlisting other members of the Albany and Schenectady First Unitarian Universalist Societies and working together with other organizations interested in dealing with social problems. The group focused on the repeal of New York State's abortion law and state funds for family planning clinics. Included in the collection are administrative files, records of the group's legislative interests, and research of social issues. Documentation on family planning matters as well as other social welfare issues is abundant in the collection. The numerous news clippings on abortion rights and family planning articles as well as correspondence between chair Kay Dingle and New York State legislators is a strong point of the collection.
CONCERNED CITIZENS AGAINST CROSSGATES
Records, 1979–1984, 5.25 cubic ft. (APAP–057)
Correspondence of CCAC leaders with local and state officials and politicians, briefs, counter briefs, and exhibits submitted to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 1979–80, prior to DEC granting approval for the construction of the Crossgates Regional Shopping Mall in the Albany Pine Bush, Guilderland, New York; submissions to DEC, 1980–33; legal papers relating to the suits of CCAC vs. Robert Flacke (Commissioner of DEC), 1980–82, vs. the Town of Guilderland Zoning Board of Appeals, 1980–83, and vs. the Town of Guilderland concerning the water merger vote, 1980–83; and impact studies on the economy and environment relating to air quality, wildlife, society and traffic. The records also include records of meetings, reports, press releases, newspaper clippings, and other records of a citizens' group founded to prevent the construction of the shopping mall.
Papers, 1955–1980, 5 cubic ft. (APAP–288)
Includes material from the Schenectady chapter of Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy (SANE); local chapter of ant-Vietnam war; Church and Laity United, Schenectady; and groups for Middle East peace, 1970s.
PAPERS, 1927–2000, 44.4 cubic ft. (APAP-101)
The collection includes material documenting the National March on Washington, Women's Encampment, Elword Productions, Gay Games, Full Circle Festival: Equinox '89, Lesbian & Gay Film & Video Festival, Rhythm Fest, and other events and groups.
CROSSGATES REGIONAL SHOPPING MALL COLLECTION
Records, 1979–1984, 6 cubic ft. (APAP–067)
Reports, legal briefs, transcriptions of hearings, environmental impact statements, photographs, clippings, and other materials pertaining to the application of the Pyramid Crossgates Company to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Transportation to build the Crossgates Regional Shopping Mall in the Albany Pine Bush, Guilderland, N.Y.
DANSKY, STEVEN F.
PAPERS, 1968-2006, .66 cubic ft. (APAP-289)
Steven F. Dansky, a long-time political activist and writer, was a founder of the modern gay liberation movement in 1969. His writing spans more than three decades and has been cited in nearly every early book on gay liberation. As a committed profeminist, his writing has been reviewed in The New York Times by Martin Duberman and the Village Voice by Jill Johnston. He has written for Come out!, The New York Free Press, I-Kon, Double-F: A Magazine of Effeminism, SoHo Weekly News, Basta, and Faggotry. As a poet, he has read at the Hunter College Gallery, Matrix Theater, I-Kon Bookstore, and A Different Drummer. The collection includes magazines, correspondence, photographs, and unpublished writings from Steven Dansky's work with the effeminist and gay liberation movement.
Papers, 1970s-2004, 19 cubic ft. (APAP–187)
This collection includes material created and collected by Robert Doran. The material covers a broad range of social justice topics, environmental issues, as well as Doran's own writing. Doran was a member of the Hudson Valley Writers Guild, which is documented in the collection along with peace issues and political action.
Records, 1975-2003, (APAP–195)
Founded in 1967, the Eighth Step is an independent, non-profit organization that was originally started in the basement of the First Presbyterian Church of Albany. Originally started as a First Presbyterian youth project, the Eighth Step held concerts of folk, traditional, ethnic, blues, and jazz music. Begun amidst the backdrop of the Civil Rights/Vietnam War era, the Eighth Step was strongly influenced by the political music of that era. Artists such as Arlo Guthrie, Greg Brown, Patty Larkin, Ani DiFranco, and John Gorka played there early in their careers. The old back entrance to the original space contained eight steps, hence the name. In 2000, the Eighth Step moved to the Cohoes Music Hal and held their last concert there in 2003. The collection contains artist files, newsletters, programs and schedules, press releases, photographs, posters, live concert recordings, radio programs, and interviews.
EMPLOYEE OWNERSHIP PROJECT
Records, 1967-2000, 10.17 cubic ft. (APAP-120)
The Employee Ownership Project (EOP) is an independent, non-profit organization formed in 1987, whose main objective is to improve the lives of low and moderate income residents of the Capital Region through the creation and growth of micro-enterprises and small business ventures. The EOP has been influential in starting dozens of small businesses, which have created or maintained over one hundred jobs for low and moderate income individuals. The EOP helped start up businesses such as a convenience store, a sewing factory, a dry cleaning business, a contracting firm, and an asbestos and hazardous waste removal business. The EOP serves people who might not otherwise be considered entrepreneurs and tries to match people with complimentary skills necessary in effort to create successful businesses.
ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCATES OF NEW YORK
Records, 1970–2000 (APAP–104)
Environmental Advocates is a nonprofit, nonpartisan alliance of individuals and organizations working to protect New York's environment. The organization's activities include advocacy, coalition building, citizen education and policy development. Membership includes thousands of individual members and over 130 organizational members. It was established as the Environmental Planning Lobby (EPL) in Rye, New York in 1969 under the leadership of David Sive. The bulk of the records document the legislative activities of the organization from the 1980s through the late 1990s. The records consist of correspondence, notes, meeting minutes, reports, memorandums, publications, news clippings, promotional material, as well as the administrative files of Lee Wasserman, Val Washington, and Loretta Simon. The strength of the collection lies in the Legislative Issues series, which documents in detail the organization's position on issues, including acid rain, New York's Bottle Bill, energy, hazardous waste, pesticides, solid waste, and water, among others.
Records, 1959-1978, .4 cubic ft. (APAP-124)
Freedom Forum was organized in 1943 in Schenectady, New York by the Subcommittee on Post War Planning of the Citizens Unity Committee of the Schenectady County Consolidated War Council. Freedom Forum's priority was to promote an interest in civic and educational topics of the day. The collection includes administrative files, news clippings, handwritten notes, and correspondence. Communication between Freedom Forum and speakers, or potential speakers, is most abundant in this collection. The correspondence files include a note to Freedom Forum from Teamsters Union leader Jimmy Hoffa. Correspondence also exists from scientist Dr. Thomas O. Paine, manager of Engineering Applications at General Electric, Dick Gregory, and John V. Lindsey. The largest correspondence files are the 1967 and 1968 files. These files reflect the organization's interest in the 1968 presidential election and its candidates. During those years the organization invited George Wallace, former governor of Alabama, Hubert Humphrey, and human rights activist Dick Gregory to share their opinions.
GREEN, ALICE P.
Papers, 1960–2001, 1.89 cubic ft. (APAP-136)
The collection is particularly strong in following Dr. Green's media appearances throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Issues of The South End Scene, a newspaper Dr. Green founded as executive director of the Albany-based youth and family services center the Trinity Institution are also included in the collection. The collection contains papers and other materials relating to Dr. Green's 1998 run for Lieutenant Governor of New York State on the Green Party ticket. The collection also follows the progress of Law Never Here, a book Dr. Green co–wrote with Dr. Frankie Bailey which was published in 1999. Items of interest are found in the small correspondence series, which includes letters from New York Senator and former First Lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton, former mayor of New York, Thomas Whalen III, and comedian Richard Pryor.
Papers, 1982–2000 (APAP–108)
Since 1972, Rick Halperin has been actively involved in the effort to abolish the death penalty in the United States. He works with many anti-death penalty organizations, capital defense attorneys, representatives of various communities of faith, newspaper editorial boards, victims' rights groups, members of the families of the condemned, and many death row inmates throughout the country. The collection consists of news clippings, newsletters, campaign materials, letters of plea, flyers and notices of rallies, research materials, organizational reports, and publications about the death penalty and death penalty issues.
HUNGER ACTION NETWORK OF NEW YORK STATE
Records, 1985–1999, 21 cubic ft. (APAP–161)
The Hunger Action Network of New York State is a statewide anti-hunger coalition that combines grassroots organizing at the local level with state level research, education and advocacy to address the root of hunger and its causes, including poverty. The collection includes publications, meeting minutes, subject files, and related material.
THOMAS KEEFE PAPERS
Papers, 1985–2000, 10 cubic ft. (APAP–317)
Albany resident Thomas Keefe is a city court judge who previously served as an attorney in private practice before his election to the bench in 2002. As an attorney, he handled litigation related to elections, including Albany School Board and City Council races, and a significant homeowner tax reassessment case lasting more than a decade. He also served as co-chair of the Albany-based Robert F. Kennedy Democratic Club, which formed to support all Democratic candidates seeking office, from its inception in 1994 until 2002. Through case files, the collection documents the contested nature of Albany and New York elections during the late 1980s and 1990s. It consists of a variety of court records, including motions, petitions, transcripts, and affidavits, case research, correspondence, subject files, and notes. There also are organizational files related to the Robert F. Kennedy Democratic Club as well as campaign and political event materials.
KNOLLS ACTION PROJECT (KAP)
Records, 1978–1994, 24.25 cubic ft. (APAP–105)
The Knolls Action Project based in Albany, New York grew out of the Blue Karner Affinity Group that was formed by local activists to participate in anti–nuclear protests at the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant in New Hampshire in 1978. The group decided to focus on the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory (KAPL), a General Electric facility that conducted research and training on nuclear propulsion systems for the United States Navy. The KAPL site located in Niskayuna, N.Y. designed propulsion systems for the nuclear navy, including the Trident submarine system. The West Milton, N.Y. KAPL facility (or Kesselring site) was where naval crews trained to operate the Trident and other nuclear submarines. These records document the activities and interests of KAP from 1978 to 1994. Some of the information pre–dates the founding of the organization, but was obtained by members of KAP for research or informational purposes. The collection is comprehensive, and contains meeting minutes, newsletters, leaflets, clippings, reports, books and publications, audiovisuals, and peace–related memorabilia.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF ALBANY COUNTY
Records, 1938–2001, 31.47 cubic ft. (APAP–128)
The records of the League of Women Voters of Albany County (LWVAC), include material produced by the LWVAC as well as material that was produced by the League of Women Voters of New York State and the League of Women Voters of the United States. The most comprehensive series in the collection is the Administrative Files. There are meeting minutes, annual reports, and Board of Directors lists from 1940–2001. A large portion of the LWVAC collection relates to the two main purposes of the organization: voter service and "study and action." Records relating to voter service include pamphlets with information about candidates and citizen voting rights published by the LWVAC and material used to increase voter participation. Records related to "study and action" include material used by the LWVAC to inform citizens about public policy issues locally, statewide, and nationally. A strength of the LWVAC collection is the amount of material related to various public policy issues and how they affected the local community.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF RENSSELAER COUNTY
Records, 1914–2007, 9.03 cubic ft. (APAP–103)
The Rensselaer County League of Women Voters was founded by thrity–eight women in October 1939. The first president of the County League was Beulah Bailey Thull (1891–1975), one of Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt's speechwriters at the time. The collection holds information about the history and activities of the LWVRC from 1939 through 2000. The collection includes board and general meeting minutes and agendas, treasurers' reports, the results of various studies conducted by the organization, photographs, videos of workshops and debates and audio tapes of oral histories of former members' participation in the League. The local studies conducted by the League covered such topics as city planning, land use, and other environmental issues in Rensselaer County.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF SARATOGA COUNTY
RECORDS, 1965–2010, 4.2 cubic ft. (APAP-339)
Founded in 1920, the League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that informs citizens about government, and encourages participation with and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League has 150,000 plus members and supporters in the United States, with leagues in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C., the Virgin Islands and Hong Kong. In New York State, there are 60 local leagues with approximately 8000 members. The League of Women Voters of Saratoga County (formerly the League of Women Voters, Saratoga Springs Area) formed in early 1965. This collection documents the day-to-day activities of this local league from its founding with 59 members through the current day. The collection contains annual meeting booklets, meeting minutes, correspondence, financial statements, newsletters, education and advocacy materials, records of special projects and related reports, and membership lists. There is a small amount of video, predominantly of “Meet the Candidates” nights and other special events.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF SCHENECTADY COUNTY
Records, 1925–2004, 10 cubic ft. (APAP–210)
On April 30, 1925, Mrs. Charles Richmond, wife of the president of Union College, invited approximately fifty women to her home for a talk by Mrs. F.W. Slade, chairman of the New York State League of Women Voters. After Slade's talk, the women at the meeting decided to elect officers and adopt by-laws thereby forming the Schenectady County League of Women Voters (later renamed League of Women Voters, Schenectady County). The collection contains information about the history and activities of the League from 1925 to the present. The collection includes meeting minutes and agendas, annual reports, newsletters, scrapbooks, publications, and subject files.
LORD, VICTOR PAPERS
Papers, 1950–1980, 5.0 cubic ft. (APAP–318)
Victor A. Lord, Jr., a native of Schenectady, New York, obtained a law degree from Yale University after serving time overseas in World War II. In 1951 he returned to the Albany area and joined the law firm of McNamee, Lochner, Titus, and Williams. Lord also joined the Junior Chamber of Commerce, which indirectly led to an eye-opening view of Albany's Democratic Machine. His activities with the Chamber introduced him to his future wife, who would also be his partner in promoting social and political change in Albany. Together they became involved with reform groups like the Albany Independence Movement (AIM) and the Citizens United Reform Effort (CURE), both of which were foundations for the Albany Liberal Party. Lord and his colleagues worked to end corruption in local and state government, promoting an end to the five-dollar vote, end to racial prejudice, and greater variety of voices in political matters. The collection, which has been inventoried but not fully processed, contains Lord's notes, correspondence, speeches, brochures and booklets on matters of social reform, and many fliers, pamphlets, and news clips regarding voting, Albany public schools, urban renewal, race issues, the Albany police and fire departments, and the election of Dan Button to Congress.
Papers, 1975–2008, 6 cubic ft. (APAP–316)
Mark Mishler has practiced law in Albany, NY since 1981, first as director of student legal services at the University at Albany for six years and then as an attorney in private practice. In 2000 he ran for Albany County District Attorney, endorsed by the Working Families Party and the Green Party. This collection documents three decades of Mishler’s political, community, and legal work on issues involving the city police force, police misconduct, and police practices with regard to civilian rights. Included are case files, court records, subject files, correspondence, clippings, reports, notes, background research, newsletters, and flyers for community events. The files detail Mishler’s involvement with a variety of community organizations, such as the Albany Community Police Relations Board, the Albany branch of the NAACP, and the local chapter of Citizen Action. There is a small number of audio/video cassettes, and a small group of photographs. In addition, there are files and memorabilia documenting Mishler’s 2000 political campaign for district attorney.
NAACP, ALBANY BRANCH
Records, 1968–1987, 3.2 cubic ft. (APAP–074)
The collection includes minutes, 1977–1978; case files, 1973–1981, and; news clippings, 1968–1975. Chiefly files of Harry Hamilton as chapter president of this civil rights group chartered in 1935 to increase opportunities for and combat racial discrimination against African Americans. This local chapter has been active in affecting change through public awareness, demonstrations, and legislative reform.
NAACP, SCHENECTADY BRANCH
Records, 1949–1982, 4 reels of microfilm (APAP–028)
The Schenectady Branch of the NAACP was founded in 1949 by an interracial group of men and women committed to the task of improving the status of African Americans in the area. Records document their concerns for discrimination in housing and employment and for the recruitment of black professionals from colleges and universities to the area. The role of women in the NAACP, Schenectady Branch, can be found in the records, and in 1959, the Branch's first female president, Malinda Myers, was elected. The records also show the Branch's involvement with area social service providers, labor unions, and other community organizations, as well as with General Electric, as the area's major employer. Records include Executive Committee minutes, 1949–1982 (missing December 1959–January 1963); membership meeting minutes, 1949–1980 (missing January 1963–1972, 1973 [only one meeting found], 1974, October 1975–April 1976); membership lists, 1949–1980; correspondence, 1949–1980; financial records, 1949–1979 (missing 1960–1962, 1966–1976).
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACK SOCIAL WORKERS, CAPITAL DISTRICT CHAPTER
Records, 1970–1974, 1981–1985, 1991, .17 cubic ft. (APAP–096)
The records primarily document the organization's history in the early 1970s and the early 1980s. The organization's founding is well documented by meeting minutes, correspondence, and the group's constitution and by–laws. The most complete documentation of the organization is during the early 1970s. The collection includes sporadic coverage of membership lists, legislative issues of interest to the organization, and programs organized by the group. The collection also includes single copies of the Association of Black Social Workers (ABSW) newsletter, the NABSW newsletter, and Black Caucus the Journal of the National Association of Black Social Workers.
NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR WOMEN--ALBANY (N.Y.) CHAPTER
Records, 1971–2005, 5.0 cubic ft. (APAP-174)
The collection includes correspondence, minutes, by-laws, financial reports, subject files on women's issues, and printed materials pertaining to NOW with particular strength in documenting the Albany and New York State chapters. The records of this women's organization pertain to sexual discrimination in education and employment, reproductive rights, gay and lesbian rights, the Equal Rights Amendment, and other gender-related issues.
Papers, 1956-2002, 12.1 cubic ft. (APAP-191)
The Thomas Nattell papers document the life of a mental health worker and political activist active during the 1980s and 1990s in Albany, New York. He created and participated in organizations like the Albany Peace and Energy Council (APEC) and the Three Guys From Albany poetry troupe. He also acted as promoter and event coordinator for movie showings, poetry open mics and an annual 24-hour poetry reading alongside a coinciding international postcard art event. Nattell used poetry and other arts to advance world peace, anti-nuclear power and proliferation, and environmental issues. This collection contains videos of events, photographs, scrapbooks full of art and poetry mailed from around the world to Nattell, subject files with research on topics related to his professional work as well as his activism, poetry, correspondence, and clippings.
NEW YORK CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION (NYCLU)
Papers, 1951–1980, 500 cubic ft. (APAP–331)
The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is the preeminent statewide organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of individual civil liberties and civil rights in New York State. Founded in 1951, the NYCLU’s mission is to defend and uphold the basic rights and liberties articulated in the Bill of Rights and to advocate, litigate and educate for the protection of civil liberties. Through litigation, legal counsel, advocacy and legislative lobbying, the NYCLU has, among many issues, protected political freedom during the McCarthy era, argued against the constitutionality of the Vietnam War, created the first project focused on the rights of mentally disabled, and was the first civil liberties organization to advocate for reforming the foster care placement system. Over the last thirty years, the NYCLU has advocated for issues surrounding voting rights and censorship, fought to end gender discrimination and school segregation in New York State schools, and defended the separation of church and state. The collection consists of legal case files, administrative records and other archival materials. The collection is not processed and is currently closed, unless permission to access is granted in writing from the NYCLU Executive Director.
NEW YORK COALITION FOR ALTERNATIVES TO PESTICIDES
Records, 1908–2002, Bulk Dates, 1988-1995, 23.89 cubic ft. (APAP–151)
In 1989, Tracy Frisch, an etymologist who had suffered from pesticide poisoning, formed a non-profit citizens' organization committed to reducing hazardous chemical pesticides use through education and advocacy called the New York Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (NYCAP). The early issues that NYCAP championed included: safe pest control for schools, hospitals, and public places; reducing work exposure to chemicals; farm worker protection; prevention of groundwater pollution; environmentally sound farming; and strict regulation of pesticides. NYCAP also sought to provide leadership on these issues to other organizations such as parent teacher associations, labor unions, and general environmental groups. This collection documents the activities of NYCAP from its creation in 1989 through 2002. It contains administrative files such as committee and meeting minutes, fundraising campaigns, by-laws, correspondence, annual telemarketing campaigns, grant proposals and funding, invoices, prepaid sales receipts, and technical assistance logs. Mailing and membership lists for NYCAP and some related organizations are also included, along with: state and national legislation; government reports and publications; conference planning, programs, and attendance; information requests, news clippings and journal articles on pesticide-related topics; pesticide fact sheets; brochures and pamphlets; pesticide labels; and copies of newsletters, magazines, journals, and other publications of related groups received through a newsletter exchange.
NEW YORK PUBLIC WELFARE ASSOCIATION
Records, 1928-2000, 10 cubic ft. (APAP-126)
The New York Public Welfare Association, founded in 1870, is a non-profit organization acting as an agency of the public welfare districts of the state in order to establish ways for obtaining the most economical and efficient administration of public assistance. To achieve this goal, the New York Public Welfare Association studies issues of public welfare administration, provides its members with an opportunity to exchange ideas and to benefit by the advice of experts in the field and suggests and develops better ways of providing for those individuals who need public welfare services. From the 1930s through the 1990s, committee meetings were always a focal point and numerous correspondence, minutes of meetings and meeting agendas are maintained which clearly illustrate the evolving nature of public welfare in New York State. The annual conference was crucial to the success of the organization for it allowed public welfare officials the opportunity to meet, share ideas, and collaborate collectively on important issues. As the 1960s and 1970s progressed, issues such as Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security were often discussed in correspondence, meetings, and agendas. In the 1980s and 1990s, correspondence, meetings, and agendas often reflected such topics as welfare fraud, managed care, child support, and related issues.
NEW YORK STATE COMMON CAUSE (NYSCC)
Records, 1972–1987, 7 cubic ft. (APAP–059)
Correspondence, minutes of Executive Committee and Governing Board, 1981–85, issues files, lobbying records and Lobbying Activity and Lobbying Registration Reports, OUTS (Open Up The System) Questionnaires and Legislative Questionnaires of elected and defeated legislative candidates concerning the need for legislative reform, 1977–1982, publications, NYSCC studies and other records of a "good government" organization founded in 1973 to monitor and improve the accountability of state government. Issues files include studies and other records relating to "sunset" legislation, 1977; campaign finance, 1972, 1978–1983; banking and political action committee (PAC) contributions to legislative and gubernatorial campaigns, 1976–1985; civil service reform, 1980; the uncompetitiveness of legislative races, 1980; the New York State Temporary Commission on Lobbying, 1982; reapportionment, 1982; deregulation of milk, 1982–1983; and environmental protection, 1970s–1980s. As the state chapter of Washington, D.C.-based Common Cause, this 35,000 member citizen–lobbying group has helped pass legislation dealing with ethics in government, campaign finance reform, election law reform, open government, and other issues.
NEW YORK STATEWIDE SENIOR ACTION COUNCIL
Records, 1974–2001, 14.05 cubic ft. (APAP–111)
The New York StateWide Senior Action Council records document the issues faced by senior citizens in New York State over the course of almost three decades. The bulk of the records consist of subject files in the areas of health care, Medicare, and social security issues. In addition to topical material, these records document the fundraising activities of the organization and its various sub–groups. Notably included are publications issued by the organization, including the Sentinel newsletter (1992–1996) and the Senior Action newspaper (1977–1991). The bulk of the material, found in the subject files, is useful for documenting issues about which NYSSAC was active. NYSSAC's work with New York state legislators, as well as government and private agencies in advocating for seniors and social justice issues, and their outreach efforts in education and advocacy, are well documented throughout the collection. Records of the activities of Executive Directors Michael Burgess and Bonnie Ray are the most prominent in the collection.
NORTH COUNTRY JAMES BAY GROUP (APAP-327)
Records, 1966–1998, 1.0 cubic ft. (APAP–327)
The North Country James Bay Group Records document efforts of this upstate New York environmental organization to stop Hydro-Que´bec’s Great Whale (Grande Baleine) River/James Bay II development efforts in the early 1990s. This collection, donated by group member Margaret Weitzmann and Lucia Dailey, includes press releases, manuscripts and writings, fliers for rallies and events, conference materials, U.S. and Canadian newspaper clippings, statements made at public hearings, correspondence and subject files.
NORTON, JOSEPH L.
Papers, 1940–1998, 14 cubic ft. (UA–902.006)
Correspondence, lecture notes, publications, primarily relating to Norton's career (1963– ) as a professor in the School of Education, University at Albany, particularly to his interest in vocational guidance, school counseling, and sex education. 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: advisor to the Gay Liberation Front in New York State (1971–72); a member of the Board of Directors of the National Gay Task Force (1976–78); a founder and director of the National Caucus of Gay and Lesbian Counselors of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists; and a founder and director of the Caucus of Gay Counselors of the American Personnel and Guidance Association (1977–78).
PENSION RIGHTS CENTER
Records, 1974–2010, 1.0 cubic ft. (APAP–322)
Based in Washington D.C. and established in 1976, the Pension Rights Center seeks to protect and promote the retirement security of American workers, retirees, and their families. The organization works to establish laws to support its mission, helps thousands of workers receive wrongfully-denied pensions, and assists workers navigating the complexities of pension rules. The records consist of statements and testimony before Congress spanning several decades, other published statements on pension rights, newsletters, year-end solicitation correspondence, published handbooks providing advice on pensions, and background materials.
PFEIFFER, FRED (APAP-139)
Papers, 1980-2002, 3 cubic ft. (APAP-139)
The collection contain records resulting from Pfeiffer's work with various unions and activist organizations in the Albany, NY area, as well as a collection of union-related materials such as contracts, newsletters, and publications from CSEA, SEIU and the Labor Committee for Safe Energy. The collection also contians material on nuclear energy activism and organized labor's engagement with energy issues, labor organizing in Latin America during the 1980s and 1990s.
Papers, 1982–1992, .66 cubic ft. (APAP–045)
Libby Post has worked for numerous politicians including the campaigns of Edward Bloch (APAP–115) for Congress in 1984 and 1987. She was press secretary for New York State Assembly Representative May W. Newburger and Sheila Healy, the 6th District Democrat for Albany County Legislature. Post is also very active in numerous social issues. She served as media coordinator for Family Planning Advocates of New York State and the Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Inc. Post worked for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, for gay rights, and against domestic violence as part of her private activist work. Her papers include press kits for campaign workers; newsletters; press releases; and press coverage in the form of news clippings. Subject files are predominantly news clippings on topics such as homosexuality, child abuse, gay rights, Planned Parenthood, reproductive issues, and state law.
Records, 1980–2007, 30 cubic ft. (APAP–299)
P.R.O.T.E.C.T. (Prudent Residents Opposed to Electric Cable Transmission) initially formed in 1982 to oppose construction of a high voltage power line originating from Marcy, New York in Oneida County and running down to the New York City area. A volunteer organization, P.R.O.T.E.C.T. was organized into chapters, one for each county affected by the power line construction, and led by chairperson Doris Delaney of Orange County who donated the collection. The records document P.R.O.T.E.C.T.’s efforts to mobilize and educate concerned citizens, and its legal actions against the Public Service Commission of the State of New York and the Power Authority of the State of New York. The papers include correspondence, newsletters, news articles, scientific papers and reports, press releases, hearing transcripts, and other legal files. For the next two decades P.R.O.T.E.C.T. remained an active advocacy organization and the subject files and background materials in the collection demonstrate its broader interests in the environmental movement. Files include materials related human exposure to electromagnetic fields, efforts to halt Hydro-Quebec’s building of dams in the James Bay region of Quebec the construction’s potential impact on the environment and the native people of the area, and forestry.
Papers, 1941–1998, 50.89 cubic ft. (APAP–102)
A portion of the finding aid is now available documenting Quirini's work at General Electric (GE) in Schenectady, New York, her involvement with UE and IUE Local 301, the union at the GE plant, and her work with a number of community organizations and issues in Schenectady including the YWCA and NAACP, human rights, day care, senior citizens, and housing issues. Parts of this collection are not yet fully processed.
RENSSELAER COUNTY GREENS
Records, 1998-2004, 6.96 cubic ft., 11 cubic ft., and MB Electronic Records (APAP-192)
The records of the Rensselaer County Greens includes information about its efforts to protect the Rensselaer County community from the destruction of environment and historical landmarks. The records consist of applications, permits, court material, environmental statistics and research, news clippings, visual information, rulings, and audiovisuals. The best documented initiative in the records is Rensselaer County Greens' conflict with Besicorp and the factory the company planned to build in Rensselaer. The organization also opposed the construction of a microchip semiconductor plant proposed in North Greenbush, NY; was involved in the debate over an Interstate 90 connector planned in East Greenbush, NY; and the preservation of historic landmarks including saving the Freihofer Building in Lansingburgh, NY.
Papers, 1964–1990, 6 cubic ft. (APAP–032)
Subject file largely consisting of retained records of local organizations dedicated to preserving the Albany, New York historic neighborhoods and architecture. Includes minutes of meetings, correspondence, legal documents, press releases, news clippings, and other records of the Capital Hill Architectural Review Commission, 1972–1988; Center Square Neighborhood Association, 1957–1988; Coalition for Effective Code Enforcement, 1974–1976; Council of Albany Neighborhood Associations, 1976–1988; Neighborhood Resource Center, 1970's; and other local groups. Kept by Rubin as chair of several of the associations and as an Albany urban preservationist.
SOCIAL JUSTICE CENTER
Records, 1981-2001, 4.3 cubic feet, 19 VHS tapes, approximately 600 KB of electronic records (APAP–177)
The Social Justice Center (SJC) was formed in 1981 by an alliance of non-profit activist organizations in order to provide a central location, office space, and basic services for activist groups in Albany, New York. Projects of the Center include the Dismantling Racism project, which sponsors workshops to address the roots of racial prejudice, the PCB/Environmental Health project, which works to educate the community about potential toxins, and the Infoshop, a lending library that stocks progressive periodicals and books. The records of the Social Justice Center include financial records, meeting minutes, publications, fliers, grant proposals, photographs, and correspondence. There are also materials generated by the operation of the store Peace Offerings. The history, goals, and operations of the organization are well represented in the Administrative Files series. Histories of the center can be found in the 1991 board retreat material. The Peace Offering series primarily contains promotional materials such as signs and displays. There is little material in this collection from the member groups of the SJC. There is a small amount of administrative materials from the Centro de Progresso group and a folder of materials from the creation of the Institute for Farmworker Justice.
SOCIAL WELFARE, SCHOOL OF (UA-690)
Records, 1964–2000, 20.4 cubic ft. (UA–690)
The collection spans from the School's first full year of operation in 1964 to 2000. Early records relating to the founding of the School include annual reports, accreditation reports and internal self-studies, proposals for the bachelor's, master's, and the Ph. D. programs, faculty meeting minutes, and various School of Social Welfare bulletins. The bulk of the collection documents the day-to-day operations of the School from 1990-2000, during Lynn Videcka-Sherman's tenure as dean as well as publications from the Resource Guide Series produced by the Continuing Education Program.
SOCIETY FOR THE PRESERVATION OF WATER
Records, 1918-1999, 12.46 cubic ft. (APAP–061)
The bulk of the records of the Society for the Preservation of Water Resources consist of files on the major projects the society undertook, such as the Wilmorite project, the Bonded Concrete project, and the water supply applications of the city of Schenectady and the town of Rotterdam (1982-1985). As most of these projects concerned legal questions, the files consist primarily of legal papers not produced by SPWR, but many include notes by SPWR. The records for each of these projects form a complete record of the legal proceedings for each project including testimony by expert witnesses for SPWR. However, little information about the SPWR's strategies can be gleaned from this material. For instance, the records provide little evidence that the society was interested in the Broadway Mall project (1960, 1980-1981) because they thought the site for the Broadway Mall might be a possible alternate site for Wilmorite's Rotterdam Square Mall.
SOLIDARITY COMMITTEE OF THE CAPITAL DISTRICT
Records, 1980–1999, 10 cubic ft. (APAP–042)
Contains minutes and administrative files, 1983–1999; subject files, 1980–1990; Solidarity Notes, the committee's newsletter, 1984–1997; and photographs. During the 1983 Greyhound strike by the Amalgamated Transit Union, a coalition of labor unions was formed under the name the Greyhound Strikers Solidarity Committee of the Capital District. At the end of this strike, the committee, believing that solidarity within the labor movement was essential to its survival, decided to continue as the Solidarity Committee of the Capital District. Since that time, the committee has worked to support hundreds of strikes and labor activities, most of them in Eastern New York, but also including many across the country and in Latin America.
STUDENT ASSOCIATION OF THE STATE UNIVERSITY
OF NEW YORK (SASU)
Records, 1971–1980, 17.5 cubic ft. (APAP–046)
Correspondence, memoranda, minutes of meetings, and other records pertaining to SASU, the parent organization of individual student associations at campuses of the State University of New York. Includes extensive files about campus radicalism and lobbying for state higher education funding. The Student Association of the State University of New York (SASU), was established in the Summer of 1970 by five student governments in the State University. There were several reasons for its establishment. First, a new Chancellor, Dr. Ernest Boyer, had just been appointed without any meaningful student input into this decision. Second, the State University of New York (SUNY) Board of Trustees was proposing to alter the rules governing the use of mandatory student fees without consulting with students. Third, many students were alarmed at the response of SUNY Central to disruption on campus, and believed that a state–wide student organization was necessary to oppose the establishment of local campus hearing commissions for campus disruption. Finally, and perhaps most important, it should be noted that on college and university campuses across the nation, students were demanding that they be granted a greater role in the decision making processes on campus. On many issues, ranging from the establishment of curricula to the leveling of fees and tuition, students were increasing their input into the administration of their institutions. Thus SASU's creation should be seen in the context of the growing national student movement.
Papers, 1817–1988 (APAP–116)
Papers of Norman Studer, educator, folklorist, and writer. The papers primarily document Studer's activities as an educator at the Little Red School House/Elisabeth Irwin High School, an educator and administrator at the Downtown Community School, founder and Director of Camp Woodland, and his various writing projects. The papers reflect Studer's two principal life–long interests: progressive education and folklore. The collection is particularly strong in its representation of Catskill folklore and folk music, including manuscript material, photographs, reel–to–reel audio recordings, and 16mm movies documenting interviews with indigenous Catskill informants, folk festivals, and life at Camp Woodland. The inclusive dates of the collection are 1817–1988, with the bulk of the material dating 1952–1978.
TENANTS AND NEIGHBORS
Records, 1972–2000 (APAP–198)
Tenants and Neighbors is a statewide coalition of New York's tenants and tenant associations that fight for tenants' rights and affordable housing for all people. The origins of Tenants and Neighbors dates to a meeting of tenant and housing activists from across the state in August 1972 at St. Rose College in Albany, NY. By December 1974, a formal organization was developed by housing and tenant activists across the state that drew up by-laws and created the original name as the New York Tenants Coalition. The first statewide membership meeting was held in February 1975. In 1995, the organization changed its name to New York State Tenants and Neighbors. The collection includes: minutes, annual reports, newsletter and other publications, legislative and organizational memoranda, press releases, clippings, video and press coverage.
URBAN DOCUMENTATION PROJECT
Records, 1984–2009, 30 cubic ft. (APAP–323)
The Urban Documentation Project Records contain the research of New York City-based investigative journalist Matthew Reiss. Reiss, who has published in major dailies like The New York Times and The Village Voice, examined the waste industry, the environment, and related interests in New York State and across the country, including financial, political, and industrial motivations and actions. Reiss also lectures on journalism at the City University of New York and Rutgers University. The collection features reporter notebooks; interviews, including ones on VHS and audio cassette tapes; drafts; research materials, including studies and data; newspaper clippings; correspondence; legal files; and a significant number of subject files.
UNITED UNIVERSITY PROFESSIONS (UUP) ORAL HISTORY PROJECT
Collection, 1970–1990, 2.0 cubic ft. and 53 audio tapes (APAP–099)
The UUP Oral History Project collection currently consists of three series: the recorded audio tapes of 36 of the 42 interviews, transcripts of those 36 interviews; and the project's administrative files consisting of the releases signed by interviewees, correspondence regarding the releases, and the copies of the transcripts marked with the narrator's requested changes. A fourth series consisting of the interviewer's research notes and collected background information on UUP (including materials provided to her by interviewees) is expected to be added to this collection in the near future. The interviews primarily focus on the establishment of United University Professions and the early years of its existence. The bulk of the events and personalities discussed occurred prior to UUP's creation and during the first three presidential administrations (Lawrence DeLucia, Samuel Wakshull, and Nuala McGann Drescher, covering from May 1973 to May 1987). In a few of the interviews, some references are made to the administration of UUP's fourth president, John M. Reilly, who was president at the time the interviews were conducted.
Papers, 1958–1997, 14.9 cubic ft. (APAP–055)
This collection details the social activism of Malcolm Willison in New York State's Capital Region. As an active board member of several local groups, his papers contain minutes, financial statements and budgets, programming ideas, brochures, planning notes, articles and reports, and clippings that detail the evolution of the various organizations contained in the collection. Organizational newsletters and event flyers, course and conference information planned by Willison in his capacity on executive boards, and vast amounts of correspondence about any number of events and issues are also part of the scope of the collection.
Papers, 1977–2007, 3.16 cubic ft. (APAP–100)
The Wittner Collection is a personal and organizational history of the Albany Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America, the United University Professions (UUP) Solidarity Committee, and other activist groups in the Capital Region of New York State. The Albany Chapter of Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) records (1980–1987) and the United University Professions (UUP) Solidarity Committee (1986–1999) records are primarily made up of meeting minutes, agendas, plans of action, flyers, financial statements, correspondence, photographs and other documents that provide information about the inner workings of these organizations and issues that they were working on. The records also include issues of The Albany Anvil, the DSA's monthly newsletter, from May 1981 to December 1986 and documentation of UUP's support of labor struggles in the Capital District from 1986 to 1999. There is some information on Dr. Wittner's participation in other area groups such as the Labor–Religion Coalition and the Anti–Nuclear Alliance as well as work on the Leon Van Dyke, Ed Bloch and Nancy Burton political campaigns in the 1980s. The collection also contains twelve photographs of Dr. Wittner and some members of the DSA spanning from 1980–1985. Included are photos of demonstrations that took place under the auspices of these various groups and photos of an annual Eugene V. Debs Awards Dinner.
RECORDS, 1954-2000, 20.3 cubic ft. (APAP-292)
The Women's Building, Inc. is the women's community center of the Capital Region located at 79 Central Avenue in Albany, New York. The Holding Our Own (http://www.thewomensbuilding.org/) foundation owns and operates the Women's Building. The Women's Building's mission is to create an environment where differences are respected, leadership is shared, all women's strengths are recognized, all women's growth is supported, and a diversity of age, race, education, income, physical and mental ability, sexual orientation, religion, and social background is seen as enriching. The organization's goals are to: provide a resource center and clearinghouse for information of interest to women; a multi-purpose space for cultural, informational, and recreational events of interest to women and children including meeting rooms, office rental for women's organizations, services, commercial, and professional enterprises, and a performance area; and to enhance a sense of community among women throughout the Capital Region. The collection includes records such as meeting minutes, grant applications, material related to the Women's Building's capital campaign, publications, program material, and other administrative material.
YOUNG WOMEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF ALBANY, NEW YORK
Records, 1863–1996, 20.21 cubic ft. (APAP–137)
The collection documents the history of the YWCA of Albany, which was founded in 1888 by a group of women led by Mrs. Acors Rathbun in order to provide housing and recreational activities for young women searching for work. Through the years, the organization expanded to include classes, childcare, athletics, essay contests, teen issue programs, and an annual awards dinner honoring women. Strengths include the extensive photographic material and meeting minutes from the board of trustees and directors. The collection is weakest at the beginning and end of the YWCA of Albany's existence.