M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives
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UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES - Faculty, Students, and Alumni/ae

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Records, 1902–13, 1924–31, .33 ft. (UA–800.010)

Includes the meeting minutes of two secretaries' minutes books spanning the years 1902–13, 1924–31. The minutes contain attendance rolls and routine proceedings of the meetings as hand written by the secretary. The Adelphoi Literary Society was one of the fraternal organizations for students attending the Normal College High School (Milne School), the practice teaching school for the Normal College. The Society was founded between 1890 and 1895. Additional information on the Society can also be found in the Crimson and White, the Milne School newspaper, and Bricks and Ivy, the Milne School yearbook.

Records, 1952–78, 13.28 ft. (UA–XXX)
Alpha Pi Alpha was chartered on September 29, 1952, as an independent non-discriminatory fraternity at the New York State College for Teachers. Alpha Pi Alpha was the successor to the Gamma chapter (founded in 1915) of the national fraternity Kappa Delta Rho. Found in the records are 16 scrapbooks, 1952-1978, the fraternities certificate of incorporation, a fraternity paddle, and rug, the fraternity crest, fraternity trivia, and the fraternity hymn. Apparently no minutes of APA meetings survive. The scrapbooks contain the basic record of the fraternity’s activities. The first 1952 scrapbook contains the Gamma chapter’s correspondence with the Kappa Delta Rho national and newspaper clippings documenting the struggle to end official and unofficial discrimination of the Kappa Delta Rho national. The second scrapbook, 1952-56, contains some documentation regarding pledging rituals.

Records, 1914–80, 14 ft. (UA–780)
Includes ledgers and minutes of the Benevolent Association, a residence hall building fund, 1927–62; financial records, 1960–80; publications including the Alumni Quarterly, and the Carillon; and an architect's model and landscaping designs for the Alumni House Conference Center.

Collection, 1944– , 37 ft. (UA–XXX.024)
 Includes photographs and photograph albums, scrapbooks, student publications, and ephemera collected by the Alumni Association and Class Councillors.

Records, 1851-2010, 67.51 cubic ft. (UA–801)
The University at Albany Alumni Association Records document the day-to-day operations and special event planning of the organization. The Alumni Association is a semi-independent, incorporated entity on campus that coordinates alumni outreach and supports the University community through fund-raising and advocacy. The collection includes meeting minutes and agendas, financial records, correspondence, photographs, publications, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia. While the bulk of materials dates from the 1960s through the 1980s, there also are notable 19th and early 20th Century records, including materials from reunions, correspondence, records of the building of the first residence halls, publications, and administrative files.

ANDREWS, CHARLES LUTHER, professor of physics
Papers, 1936–67, 1 ft. (UA–902.015)
Includes correspondence, biographical materials, offprints, and data notebooks on experiments on the absorption of x–rays. Andrews was a professor of physics at the University at Albany.


BLANCHARD, DUNCAN, professor of atmospheric science
Papers, 1947- , 8.0 ft., 7 reels of 16mm film (UA–902.065)
Contains experimental and observational notes, photographs, graphs, and correspondence with colleagues relating to Blanchard’s work in General Electrics’ Physics Test Program and Project Cirrus , 1947-49. This includes records related to his invention of a vertical wind tunnel to study water drops, surface tension, size, etc., his work at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute on raindrop size, shape, stability and distribution, sea salt particles, the surface chemistry of marine aerosols, space charge, of bubbles and particles, air-sea interactions, atmospheric and volcanic electricity, thesis data on charges in bubbles, jet height and drop speed, nuclei, whitecaps, observations of electrical charges associated with volcanic lava/water interactions in Hawaii, 1962-63, and lightening associated with the Surtsey volcanic spume in 1964, his work at ASRC on water-to-air transfer of bacteria relating to Legionaires Disease, air polution, etc. Also includes 7 reels of 16mm film (high speed) of bubbles bursting at the surface of sea water (master and use copy), WHOI, 1953; of Project Shower, 1954, the first major international cloud physics study done in the United States–Scientists included Blanchard, Wendell Mordy, Vincent Schaefer, Alfred Woodcock all from USA, Christian Junge from Germany, Erik Eriksson from Sweden, and Sean Twomey and Patrick Squires from Australia volcanic Island Surtsey being created south of Iceland, November 1963; of sea water striking near molten lava; in Woods Hole Laboratory, 1964; of Yellowstone Field Expedition, January 1964; and an American Meterology film “Sea Surface Meterology” scripted and acted in by Blanchard, most experiments filmed in Blanchard’s lab at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, 1966 or 1967.

BURIAN, JARKA M., professor of theatre
Play Files, 1956–91, 1.8 ft. (UA–902.017)

Contains materials, including programs, press announcements, press reviews, photographs, correspondence, and notes regarding various technical and production issues relating to the theatrical productions Burian was involved in between 1956 and 1991, as the director at the State University of New York at Albany (and its predecessor, the New York State College for Teachers) and the Arena Summer Theatre in Albany.

Collection, 1968–1972, 1.33 ft. (UA–950.007)

An artificial collection including correspondence, newspaper clippings, and flyers, and printed materials, predominantly from 1969–70, collected to document unrest on the SUNYA campus and at other institutions across the country. The collection was gathered as background information for a 1971 report on campus unrest at the request of the Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs by the University Librarian, Alice Hastings, Fredericks Volkwein, Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies, and Dr. Frederick D. Weinstein of the School of Library Science.

Records, 1970–1976, .17 cubic ft. (UA-807)
 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 part–time employment.

Papers, 1966–2000, 3.0 cubic ft. (UA–902.011)

The Papers contain correspondence regarding the publication of his photos and presentations at professional meetings, copies of his publications, and photographs of Atmospheric Sciences Research Center activities and National Science Institutes. Cheng was a research associate at the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center from 1966 to 1999. He was a specialist in the use of the electron microscope to photograph atmospheric particulates. Cheng was actively involved with Vincent Schaefer in the National Science Institutes of the 1960s and 1970s which sought to give high school students field scientific research experience.

Records, 1956–63, 1971–88, 15.66 cu. ft. (UA–806)

Records contain copies of Constitutions, 1970, 1977;  Alumnae News, 1982–87; initiation cards and songs, undated; membership lists, undated, 1962; minutes, 1975–76, 1976–77; photographs from 1960 (?)– 1978 (scattered); Sorority Faculty List, 1963; Treasurer's Report, 1962;  pins; songs; banner; and other memorabilia. Chi Sigma Theta traces its origin to 1920. In 1988, Chi Sigma Theta merged with the national Greek associationl, Phi Sigma Sigma.

Home Economics Notebooks, 1914–18, .33 ft., 4 notebooks (UA–802.006)
Consisting of four loose–leaf notebooks of class notes, examples of sewing and embroidery techniques, and typescript class hand-outs from household economics classes.

CUTTING, EDITH (1918– ), folklorist, educator
Papers, 1938–77, 1 ft. (UA–902.001)

Includes correspondence with Harold W. Thompson and others, 1941–77; manuscripts on folklore, 1945–59; and documents and printed materials pertaining to her career at the Johnson City High School, 1939–76. Cutting was a folklorist and a high school English teacher in Johnson City, New York.

DIEDIER, MAUREEN C., School of Social Welfare 25th Anniversary Oral History Tapes
Collection, 1990–1991, .33 ft. (UA-902.019)

This collection contains video and audio cassette interviews of students, graduates, faculty, administrators and other personnel documenting the history of the School of Social Welfare on the occasion of its 25th anniversary. Professor Maureen Didier conducted all the interviews with the exception of one 1991 video taped interview with current students, conducted by Mary McCarth.

Contains video and audio cassette tapes of interviews of students, professors, and administrators, conducted by Didier, documenting the history of the School of Social Welfare.

Flat file, 1847–1934, 6.2 cu. ft. (UA–XXX.026)
Contains miscellaneous diplomas awarded by the State Normal School, the New York State Normal College, the New York State College for Teachers, the New York State Library School, and the Milne School. Also includes College Entrance Certificates, High School Diplomas, and Teaching Certificates for alumni.

Constitution and Minutes, 1921–40, .25 ft. (UA–807)
Contains original Constitution, 1921; meeting minutes from the organization's annual meetings, 1921–40; and financial reports, 1921–32.

Papers, 1942–1999, 97 cubic ft. (UA–310)

The Faculty-Student Association (FSA) Records document the administrative and financial operations of this non-profit organization which provided ancillary services to the campus community. The majority of records are from the 1960s and 1970s. There is a smaller percentage of files from the 1950s, but none from the organization's founding in 1950. In 1976 the organization changed its name to University Auxiliary Services and there is a small number of materials from 1976 reflecting this transition. The records consist of financial reports, audits, by-laws

Papers, 1942–1999, 97 cubic ft. (UA–902.014)

The Raymond Falconer Papers include film, video tape, weather data, weather forecasts, and correspondence. Much of the collection is currently unavailable until treated for mold and mildew. Falconer was a meteorologist and early research associate at the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC), and his papers document the establishment and research programs of the Whiteface Mountain Observatory which he directed, particularly meteorological and pollution studies. Falconer's Papers also contain a complete record of his scientific activities at the Mount Washington Observatory, 1942–1946; at General Electric in Schenectady where he headed the GE Weather Bureau, 1947–1957, including his work on Project Cirrus and long range weather forecasting, as an assistant to Vincent Schaefer at Munitalp, 1957–1958, and weather forecasts he gave for Albany, New York radio stations from the mid-1960s through the mid–1990s.

State Normal College Class Notebooks, 1899–1901, .33 ft. (UA–802.001)
Consisting of eight Normal College notebooks, including: History of Education, School History of the United States, Latin Methods, Kindergarten Methods, Methods in Elementary Drawing, Methods in Elementary Primary Arithmetic (2 volumes), Geography Methods, and Methods in Physical Geography; Fornachon's copies of Cassell's New Popular Educator and The Eclectic System of Industrial Freehand and Mechanical Drawing textbooks; as well as one notebook belonging to a Mrs. Leslie S. Wilcoxon of Ridgewood, NJ, dated 1928–29.

Papers (UA–902.061)

Papers, 1927-1939, 1945-1947, 1956-1968, 1973, 3 cubic ft. (UA–902.029)
Frederick studied, lectured, and wrote about a wide range of topics dealing with education, including: the theory of education, the school's proper role in society, and the students' role in the educational process. His papers include biographical information, but predominantly document his education lectures, 1959-1960, 1963-1965, and writings on education, 1927-1965.

Records, 1981–2006, .33 ft. (UA–580.20.01)

This collection documents the administrative records and community outreach efforts of the Friends of the Libraries. It has the organization's monthly meeting agendas and minutes as well as fliers for monthly talks, annual book sales, and materials about community outings. There are VHS tapes with recordings of talks held in conjunction with the University's celebration of its sesquicentennial. The collection also contains two large scrapbooks that President Anne Roberts created. The scrapbooks document the Friends of the Libraries’ outreach events. These include the annual book sale as well as academic talks with prominent professors of the University, such as the History Department’s Sung Bok Kim and the Atmospheric Science Department’s Bernard Vonnegut. The scrapbooks also contain information on Friends of the Libraries outings, with photos of Olana and Sagamor as well as fliers and RSVP forms. The scrapbooks also include information about donations and library support.

Records, 1979–96, .33 ft. (UA–808)
Consists of administrative records, 1985–96; meeting minutes; budget reports; welcome letters; planning and publicity related to Christmas Balls, 1985–94; programs and flyers, 1979–95; La Voz newsletters, 1990–97; and information regarding the Northeastern Latino Collegiate Conference, 1994.  The group was founded in 1970, its mission to provide leadership and representation for the Latino student population at the University.

Scrapbook, 1970–71, .6 cu. ft. (UA-800.005)
Scrapbook with photographs.

Records (UA–XXX.XXX)

GRENANDER, M. E., professor of English
Papers, 1951–89, 2.5 ft. (UA–902.002)
Includes correspondence, 1955–89; course syllabi and lecture notes, 1951–79; offprints, 1957–81; and a diary of a sabbatical leave, 1954–55.  Grenander was a professor of English at the New York State College for Teachers and the University at Albany from 1948 to 1989.  Grenander was a scholar of the American writer Ambrose Bierce and corresponded with John Crowe Ransom about New Criticism and other literary topics.

Papers (UA–902.056)

HOPKINS, VIVIAN C., professor of English
Papers, 1920–78, 21.5 ft. (UA–902.003)
Includes correspondence, biographical materials, and notes documenting her career as a professor of English at the New York State College for Teachers and the University at Albany, SUNY, 1938–70; research materials and notes about Emerson, 1945–60, and about Satanism in literature, 1969–73; drafts of her books Prodigal Puritan: Delia Bacon (1940) and The Mind of DeWitt Clinton, 1970; and business records of the Albany Gravel Company, 1920–70.  Hopkins corresponded with the Japanese poet Naoshi Koriyama, who was her former student.

Papers (UA–902.042)

Papers, 1959, 1964, 1966, 1968-1977, 29.14 cubic ft. (UA-902.064)
The papers of Lou Ismay document the history of the Environmental Forum at the University at Albany, SUNY, (State University of New York at Albany as it was then known) from 1969-1977, as well as the Environmental Studies Program. The collection contains information on the Environmental Forum, the Protect Your Environment Club, administrative files, student writings, subject files, correspondence, and publications. The student writings are from Ismay’s Environmental Forum classes from 1969-1977. This series is restricted from use, along with parts of the Environmental Forum and correspondence series. This course was held under different numbers during its existence, including A&S 201 and Env.250a and b. The strength of the collection lies not in the educational departments that are represented by the collection, but by the overall impression one can gather about the rise of environmental awareness among students at the university. Access to certain student material is restricted. Consult a staff member for details.

Papers (UA–902.055)

JONES, LOUIS C. (1908– ), educator
Papers, 1936–46, 1 ft. (UA–902.004)

Includes press releases pertaining to his career and research on New York State ghosts and folklore, 1936–38; correspondence with former students of the New York State College for Teachers at Albany who were serving in the U.S. armed forces during World War II, 1942–46; and photographs of students in uniform and a card file of all students from the college who were in military service during World War II, undated. Jones taught English at the State College for Teachers from 1936 to 1946, when he was appointed executive director of the New York State Historical Association and Farmers Museum, Cooperstown.


Records, 1899–1902, 1924–79, 7.1 ft. (UA–800.006)

Includes minutes, 1899–1902, 1924–32, 1935–40, 1951–52. 1954–75; subject files, 1919–22, 1930–79; alumnae newsletter, 1974, 1976, 1979–81, 1983–85; photographs, 1959/60–79; scrapbooks, 1960–61, 1966–69; and memorabilia. The Kappa Delta Sorority is the successor to the Kappa Delta Society, a literary society, founded at the New York State Normal College in 1897. The sorority was dissolved in 1979–80. The Kappa Delta Sorority Records form part of the Alumni Association Records.

Records, 1937–2007, 1.5 cubic ft. (pa–800.012)
An artificial collection of memorabilia and paper records including two histories of the fraternity (one by a founder, Nahum Lewis ‘38, and a second by Arnold Newman ’56), drinking mugs, membership lists, newsletters, photographs, reunion programs. The fraternity was created in the academic year 1936-37 to provide an atmosphere where Jewish students at the then New York State College for Teachers could socialize and enjoy Kosher meals. Kappa Beta was deactivated during WW II when most of its members were drafted or volunteered for the service. It was reestablished in 1946 and its newly elected president, Paul Wagner ’48, pushed through an amendment to its constitution making KB non-sectarian. The fraternity continued to exist at the State University of New York at Albany until 1974 and alumni directories list one member as a graduate of the Class of 1980. Alumni of the fraternity held reunions until at least 2007. Included in the records are photos, programs and memorabilia from reunions from 1946 through 2007.

Records, 1943–64, 1.25 ft. (UA–800.007)
Includes financial records, 1927–62; minutes, 1945–61; copies of the constitution and bylaws, 1948, 1963–65; and material on ceremonial procedures, 1961.

KASTLE, LEONARD, composer, visiting professor of humanities and fine arts.
Papers, 1954–1991, 8.0 ft. (UA–902.021)

Instrumental scores, vocal scores, piano scores, screenplays, and librettos of many of Kastle's works, including From a Whitman Reader, Piano Concerto, Acquainted with the Night, Deseret, The Pariahs, The Passion of Mother Ann, The Honeymoon Killers, Wedding at Cana, Change of Heart, and Shakespeare's Dog.

Papers, 1967–1997, 12 cubic ft. (APAP–314)
Primarily the retained records of Patricia Kerr Ross, Director, State University of New York (SUNY) University-wide Programs in the Arts consisting of performance or exhibit programs, brochures, posters, photographs of performances and performers (slides, prints, contact prints and negatives), and video tapes of some programs sponsored by the SUNY Programs in the Arts. Also included are catalogs of art exhibits, and books and pamphlets on arts programs, primarily in New York, withdrawn from the Program in the Arts Office. The papers include about 3 cu. ft. of Kerr Ross’s correspondence/subject files on Program in the Arts initiatives, program reviews, correspondence with colleagues regarding programs and grant proposals, minutes of SUNY University-Wide Committee on the Arts, 1978-1982, 1988-1990, and the NYS Council on the Arts, 1977-89. The University-Wide Programs in the Arts was established in 1965. It worked with the NYS Council on the Arts to sponsor touring programs in dance, music and theatre, documentary and film programs on SUNY campuses, exhibits of faculty and student painting, illustration and sculpture, and sponsored annually and biennially arts festivals.

Family Photographs (UA–802.007)

Papers, 1942-45, 1969-1980, approx. 3,000 slides (UA–902.067)
Consists primarily of color slides taken by Harry Kolker while he was employed, 1969-80, in the Educational Communication Center of the State University of New York at Albany (SUNYA), now known as the University at Albany, SUNY. The slides are primarily of the buildings and grounds of the SUNYA Uptown Campus, but also contain some photos of the Downtown Campus and Alumni Quadrangle buildings. Prominently featured are photos of the Academic Podium, the Water Tower and Alumni Carillon, Academic Podium water fountains, aerial photos of the Uptown Campus, some construction photos of the campus, photos of the Performing Arts Center, Physics Laboratory, and signage on the Uptown Campus buildings. Also included are a number of slides used by the Educational Communication Center in films produced for the University academic departments. There are also a number of photos of SUNY Cortland, of Albany, N.Y., and of a July 1975 Syracuse University sponsored conference at Sagamore Great Camp at Racket Lake, N.Y. In addition, there are photos of the Jewish Community in Albany and Schenectady, N.Y. Of special interest are 140 slides of Mr. Kolker's service in the Pacific Ocean during World War II including his training as an Air Force radio operator at Scott Field, Illinois; and photos of air force bases in Brisbane, Australia; Amberly Air Force Base, Australia; Nichols Field, Manila, Phillipines; Layete; Biak Nei, Guinea; and Honolulu.

LEE, TAE MOON (UA-902.071)
Photographs, 1964–1972, undated, 1.82 cubic ft. (UA–902.071)

The Tae Moon Lee Papers consist of approximately 1400 photographs, negatives and contact prints of the State University of New York at Albany, SUNY taken between 1964 and 1971. A 1966 MLS graduate of the School of Library Science, Lee was for many years a faculty member in the University Libraries, and a number of the photographs are of the University Library, its Cataloging Department faculty, and Library events. A number of Lee’s photographs are of the Uptown Campus. Many of Lee’s photos reflect his years of service as faculty advisor to Student Photo Services, 1966-1980 (ranging from photos of Photo Services staff to assignments he undertook photographing campus event, e.g. Governor Nelson Rockefeller’s 1968 presidential campaign, or campus groups, e.g. Footworks, the school’s dance group). The Lee photographs also reflect his service as honorary faculty advisor to the social fraternity Epsilon Phi Sigma, as chaperon for the Outing Club and as a member of the Ski Club. In addition to the Lee photographs in his papers, there are many contact prints and negatives take by Tae Moon Lee in the University Archives holdings of Student Photo Services Photos, 1966-76.


LEIDEL, DONALD, professor
Papers, 1965–76, .25 ft. (UA–902.023)
Mainly consists of an artificial collection of news clippings, correspondence, flyers, and memos relating to student unrest at the University from 1969 to 1972. Also includes personal correspondence, 1969–72; materials concerning the first PhD degree granted by the University, 1974–76; course materials for Social Studies 1A and 1B; and dissertation proposals, 1965.

Papers (UA–902.062)

Papers (UA–902.043)

Papers (UA–902.063)

Papers (UA–902.033)

Papers, 1976, 1982-1986 (UA–902.069)
Distinguished Teaching Professor; Mackiewicz worked with the University and SUNY Honors Programs.

Papers (UA–902.054)

Papers (UA–902.041)

Papers, 1959–1987, 3.5 cubic ft. (UA–902.031)

The Eugene McLaren Papers contain primarily official proposals and reports of the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC) during the 1960s, and correspondence relating to international conferences sponsored by or attended by ASRC staff in the 1970s and 1980s. McLaren, a professor of Chemistry and University administrator during the 1960s, and later an Atmospheric Science Research Center researcher, fostered the rapid development of the Atmospheric Sciences Research Center.

MYREN, RICHARD A. (1924– ), professor of criminal justice
Papers, 1952–71, 11 ft. (UA–902.005)

Correspondence, research data, and retained records of Richard A. Myren at the University of North Carolina, 1952–56; Indiana University, 1955–66; and as Dean of the School of Criminal Justice at Albany, 1966–74.

Records, 1928, 1946–77, 1984, .25 ft. (UA–800)
Includes bylaws and the constitution, 1928, 1956–63; minutes, 1946–47, 1961–62; correspondence and memoranda, 1962–63, 1978; announcements; and a brief history of Myskania, 1984. Founded in 1917, Myskania originally functioned as the student council.  When Myskania founded the Student Association in 1921, its function shifted to developing and upholding campus traditions.  Disbanded briefly in 1945 due to student objections to the secrecy surrounding elections, it continued to exist as a the student judiciary and the guardian of campus traditions.  In 1965 Myskania was reorganized into a non-academic honor society.  During the decade of the 70's, Myskania's role became increasingly unclear.  It was disbanded in 1979.

Papers (UA–902.057)

NEWMAN, DONALD J., (1924–90), sociologist
Papers, 1954–89, 6.0 ft. (UA–902.024)

Papers include correspondence, 1954–89; subject files, 1977–83; School of Criminal Justice File, 1966–89; and criminal justice projects file, 1959–83. Donald J. Newman was a Professor of Criminal Justice at SUNY Albany from 1967, and he served as Dean of the School of Criminal Justice from 1977 until 1984 when health problems and disagreements over the inclusion of the school within the framework of Rockefeller College led to his resignation as Dean. Newman published widely in the field, as well as worked in consultation with the US Justice Department (1971); the NYS Department of Corrections (1971–72); and the Police Foundation (1978). Newman helped shape the direction of criminal justice education by serving on evaluation committees for programs at The University of Nebraska (1976); The University of Minnesota (1978);  The University of Illinois (1978); and The University of Illinois at Chicago (1984). Other areas of interest shown in the collection include juvenile delinquency, policing, and elderly career criminals.

Papers, 1845–1849, .50 ft. (UA–XXX.027)
This is an artificial collection created by Mary Alpern documenting the lives and careers of men and women who graduated from the School during its first five years of existence, 1845–49. Includes Alpern's correspondence with historical societies, libraries, and descendants of the original alumni created in the process of research. Also includes copies of information returned by these various groups and individuals.

NORTON, JOSEPH L. (1918– ), professor of education
Papers, 1955–81, 13 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).

PAGE, CAROLINE SMITH, student, educator
Family Papers, 1780–2000, .17 cubic ft. (UA–802.008)
The Caroline Smith Page papers consists of a nine page typed transcription of the autobiography of Caroline Smith Page, two photographs of Caroline Smith Page, ca. 1867 and 1890, a photo of Stephen R. Page ca. 1890, a photo of the Page farmstead in Boone, Iowa, a copy of Stephen Rice Page's obituary from the Boone County Democrat, August 29, 1894, and the transmittal letter of Anne and Edward McCarthy accompanying the deposit. There is a brief description of Caroline Smith’s education in the first class of the New York State Normal School at Albany, where she graduated in September 1845, and her subsequent teaching in public school in Troy, NY for four years. Of particular interest to researchers is Caroline Page Smith’s description of racial relations in the South (5 typescript pages) after being hired to teach in the Natchez Institute in Mississippi in 1849. This collection was digitized to allow all researchers online access to its contents through the online finding aid.

PETTIT, PAUL, professor of theater
Papers, 1938–72, 2 ft. (UA–902.007)
Includes correspondence, 1942, 1947–62, 1972; offprints of articles, plays, and reviews, and notes for lectures and his M.A. and Ph.D. theses on the theater, 1952–72; including a printed copy in Arabic of his play A Night from a Thousand Nights and a Night, 1961; bound copies of his radio-broadcast reviews, 1947–48; and newspaper clippings, 1952–72. Pettit directed the National Theater in Cyprus in 1964 and 1965 and was a professor of theater at the University at Albany.

Records, 1940–92, 1.2 ft. (UA–800.008)

Phi Beta Kappa Records are in the form of memos, correspondence, reports, printed material, and notes related to the University’s applications to form a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa: first in 1950, again in 1970, and finally, successfully, in 1973. There are also similar materials on the formation of the Alpha Alpha chapter in 1973-1974 including the adoption of bylaws and installation ceremony. The rest of the records reflect the chapter’s later activities. Chief among these are memos and publicity surrounding the arrangements for a Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar; information about the students selected to Phi Beta Kappa each year; and contracts, programs, and photographs of initiation ceremonies.

Records, 1920–86, 3.64 ft. (UA–800.009)

Includes constitutions, initiation ceremony records, membership lists, meeting minutes, photographs, financial and legal documents relating to the sorority's houses at 146 and 278 Western Avenue, membership surveys, printers type, and scrapbooks. The sorority was founded as Alpha Delta Omicron in 1923, changing its name to Phi Delta in 1926.  The sorority dissolved in 1972/73, but the alumnae association remained active through 1986.

Records, 1971–73, .75 ft. (UA–XXX.028)
Business file of a student magazine. [Record Group 800]

PI OMEGA PI, BETA ETA CHAPTER (1866–1956), administrator, educator
Records, 1942–1986, 1.66 cubic ft. (UA–801.013)

The Pi Omega Pi, Beta Eta Chapter Records include the 1942 charter for the organization, though the bulk of records document the chapter’s activity from the 1960s through the 1980s. This activity is reflected in administrative documents such as meeting minutes and a treasury book, as well as the organization’s social functions which are documented through banquet and initiation programs and scrapbooks. There also are files about a memorial scholarship established to honor Dr. Edward Cooper at the university. Other records in the collection reflect the society at the national level through the inclusion of such items as a national organizational history, newsletters, constitution and brochures.

PIERCE, ANNA E. (1866–1956), administrator, educator
Papers, 1884–1983, .5 cubic ft. (UA–902.008)

Includes her autobiography, correspondence, lecture notes, publications, clippings, a sound recording, and diary, 1935–47, relating to her studies at New York State Normal School at Albany and her appointment as a teacher, to her service as an officer in the Alumni Association, and especially to her campaign to provide campus housing for women.  Ms. Pierce corresponded with Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., 1920–29, on the subject of housing for women on college campuses.  Also included are the text of lectures given by Pierce on the importance of spiritual training of youth.  Pierce taught mathematics, 1888–92; served as principal of the Primary Department of the Model School, 1892–1908, before being appointed dean of women for the New York State College for Teachers, a position she held until 1933.  She wrote about student advisement for women.

Flat File, 24.8 ft. (UA–XXX.029)
Contains posters for campus events organized by subject. Includes informational and educational posters, lectures, films, music, theatre, dance, art, women's liberation, gay alliance, black awareness, student and university activities, protests, rallies, and demonstrations.

POTTER, EDWARD E. (1891–1918), student, aviator
Papers, 1918–66, .17 ft. (UA–802.002)

The Edward Eldred Potter papers contains Potter's correspondence with his mother and his sisters during World War I, and correspondence relating to the establishment of the Edward Eldred Potter Club at the New York State Normal College for Teachers.  Included also are miscellaneous personal papers, family photographs, Potter's military certificates, as well as a copy of The Memoirs of Edward Eldred Potter written by his sister Cordella Potter Lackey in 1935. A casualty of WWI, he interrupting his studies to enlist. Potter crashed and died while returning from an emergency ferrying mission at Orly Field, Paris, France in 1918.

Records, 1931–70, 1974, .5 ft. (UA–901.003)

Contains correspondence, minutes, expense records, newsletters, membership lists, and the constitutions documenting the origins and activities of the Edward E. Potter Club and the Potter Club Alumni Association, Inc. The bulk of the records come from the 1960's. There is little documentation from any other time period with the exception of the Potter Club Alumni Associations's Board of Directors's minutes which span from 1948 to 1961.

papers, 19620–78, 4 ft. (UA–902.075)
Classroom notes, exams, lectures, and personal correspondence, c.1920-78; memos, correspondence, reports, minutes, enrollments, and publications from his office files, 1954-75; and student papers from his classes, 1953-68.

Records, 1898–1997, 12.66 ft. (UA–801.003)

Sorority records include subject files, 1898–1995; the scrapbook collections, 1898–1995; ephemera, 1943–93; composite photographs, 1951–52, 1968–95 (with gaps); sorority guest books, 1948–91 (with gaps); and financial records, 1927–91 (with gaps). The Alumnae Association records include subject files, 1922–97 (with gaps); history surveys, 1993–95; Beta chapter files deliberating the establishment of the chapter from SUNY Stony Brook, 1991–95; and financial records, 1987–95. Psi Gamma was founded in 1898 at the New York State Normal College for Teachers and the Alumnae Association in 1922. The sorority split in 1991 over whether to abandon local status or become a chapter of a  national sorority. The group favoring a national sponsor became Alpha Xi Delta Sorority. In 1991, Psi Gamma continued to exist as a local sorority and accepted a sister sorority from SUNY Stony Brook, which became Psi Gamma Sorority Beta Chapter at Stony Brook, sister to the Alpha Chapter of Psi Gamma at University at Albany.

RIEDEL, JAMES, political scientist
Papers, 1967–77, 1.0 cu. ft. (UA–902.025)
Papers include records of the 1967 NYS Constitutional Convention consisting of a complete set of all propositions; 11 volumes of draft staff reports; draft proposals and memoranda and correspondence relating to Article III of the constitution relating to the Legislature. Riedel was Associate Staff Director of the Committee on Legislature, Article III and Amendment XIII of the 1967 Constitutional Convention in Albany, NY.   Also included are records relating to the Robert A. Taft Institute of Government summer school in 1977; the Graduate Academic Council of the University Senate and the Graduate School of Public Administration records; papers relating to professional associations and leadership (chairman) of Democratic Party in Clifton Park.

RIENOW, ROBERT (1907–89), professor of political science, environmentalist
Papers, 1875–1984, 15.06 cubic ft. (UA–902.009)
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).

Papers (UA–902.060)

SCHAEFER, VINCENT, physicist, environmentalist
Papers, 1891–1979, 100 ft. (UA–902.010)

Papers relating to his career at the General Electric Laboratories in Schenectady, New York; the Munitalp Foundation, Inc.; and at the University at Albany, State University of New York and its Atmospheric Sciences Research Center, including correspondence, diary, laboratory records, films, offprints, reports on environmental projects, and other materials, 1922–79.  Correspondents include Rachel Carson, Arthur Parker, P. Van Epps, and Irving Langmuir.  Schaefer is a pioneer in the field of atmospheric science and a prominent New York environmentalist concerned with the Adirondack Mountains and other regional issues.

Papers, 1862–72, 7 vols. (UA–802.004)
Diaries, 1867–70, 1872; and notes on lectures by Professor Corley on philosophy, chemistry, astronomy, magnetism, and botany, 1868.  Kept by an 1869 graduate of the New York State Normal School (a predecessor of the University at Albany, State University of New York), who taught in Guilford, New York, and New Paltz, New York.  Included is a diary kept by her sister Lydia in 1862.

SHILL, GERTRUDE J., 1909–91, student
Papers, 1888–1934, 5 ft. (UA–802.003)
Contains primarily Shill's extensive college notes which represent early twentieth century curriculum in History, Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Mathematics as well as teaching methods of the day. This academic material also includes a collection of Textbooks (1910–32).  In addition to her own papers, the collection also includes academic materials belonging to Gertrude's uncle, George Shill, including instruction pages, question pages and completed assignments from the International Correspondence School in Scranton, PA (1898–1900).

Records, 1968–76, 1 ft. (UA–800.11)
Includes a petition for the establishment of the local chapter, 1969; and memoranda, 1975–76. [Record Group 800]

Papers, 1968–72, .25 ft. (UA–902.012)

Includes materials pertaining to the hospitalization of political dissidents in Soviet mental institutions, 1968–71, retained by Sirotkin as a member of the First U.S. Mission on Mental Health to the Soviet Union. He served as executive vice president for academic affairs at the University at Albany, 1971–76.

Papers (UA–902.046)

Papers (UA–902.066)

Records, 1921–88/89, 5.3 ft. (UA–804)

Includes minutes of the Student Association and Central Council, 1921–49, 1969–89; Cenral Council bills and resolutions, 1966–89; subject files, 1940–44, 1959–88, consisting of a budget, constitutions, ACT (teaching assessment) proposals, announcements and newsletters; and committee records, 1941–88.  Originally called the Student Council of the New York State College for Teachers, the Student Association was begun in 1921 at the suggestion of Myskania, a semi–secret student council organized in 1917.  In its early years, the association was responsible for managing student assemblies.  The Student Association is now the major policy-making body of the students on campus.


The student newspaper (Echo, State College News, ASP), 1892-present, with indexes; and the alumni newspapers (Alumni Quarterly, 1919-72; Carillon, 1972-present), and digitized issues (1916-1976) may be accessed here, Albany Student Newspaper via the finding aid.

Records, 1951–1992, 2 ft. (UA–900)

Contains scrapbooks kept by the Women's Club to document their activities. The early scrapbooks consist mainly of newspaper clippings, but include some correspondence and photographs. The scrapbooks covering the period 1981–87 consist primarily of photographs. Originally founded in 1951 as the Faculty Wives Club of the New York State College for Teachers to provide the wives of State College for Teachers faculty with an opportunity to become acquainted, the Women's Club has sponsored a number foreign students attending the university.

Papers (UA–902.045)

Records, 1954–74, 1 ft. (UA–801.001)
Includes a scrapbook, 1954–72; correspondence; minutes; and audio tapes of Agnes Futterer's readings and of an interview with playwright Eugène Ionesco.

Papers (UA–902.044)

Papers (UA–902.037)

Vertical Files, 1929– , 3 ft. (UA–950.001)
Newspaper clippings about University related subjects collected by the University Archives and organized by subject into over 250 categories. Mostly consists of clippings from the 1960–80 period.  Larger categories include: dorms, graduations, Samuel B. Gould, William Kennedy, lectures & speeches, Milne School, music dept, New York Writer's Institute, protest & demonstration, student life, off campus student housing, tuition, tulip queens, library, Vietnam, Art Gallery, basketball, football, tennis, trace & field, atmospheric science research center, biology department, Ernest L. Boyer, buildings, and budget.

Collection, 1972– , 85 ft. (UA–950.002)
An artificial collection including subject and faculty files of clippings, copies of official records, and other materials pertaining to the University, students, alumni, and members of the faculty.

Collection, 1967–69, .5 ft. (UA–950.006)
An artificial collection including correspondence, memoranda, ephemera, and publications about anti–Vietnam War activities on the campus.

VOGT, PAUL, professor of history
Manuscript, 1984, .25 ft. (UA–902.026)
Typescript of Vogt's unpublished history of the predecessor institutions of the University at Albany, The State University of New York at Albany, 1884–1984; A Short History.

VONNEGUT, BERNARD, (1928 –1997), professor of atmospheric science
Papers, 19.3 ft., (UA–902.068)

The papers document Dr. Bernard Vonnegut's professional career as an atmospheric scientist beginning in the mid-1940s at M.I.T., the General Electric Research Laboratories, 1945-1952, Arthur D. Little Corporation, 1952-1967, and the State University of New York at Albany's Atmospheric Sciences Research Center and Department of Atmospheric Sciences from 1967 through his death in 1997. The collection document Dr. Vonnegut's research interests, including icing and atmospheric electricity, cloud physics, thunderstorms, and tornado formation. The papers also contain extensive information about his major scientific discoveries and experiments, such as Project Cirrus, a program that sought ways to artificially influence precipitation, the NASA/NOSL project where he studied weather phenomena from space, and his experiments and research in New Mexico. Additionally, the papers contain a small amount of personal records. The collection consist of scientific projects, research, and data, inventions and patent forms, manuscripts, reports, correspondence, publicity materials, course materials, news clippings, photographs, and audio and video. The majority of materials date from Dr. Vonnegut’s tenure at GE, Arthur D. Little, and State University of New York at Albany.

WALLACE, EDITH OWEN (1897–1972), educator
Papers, 1918–60, 2 ft. (UA–902.013)

Correspondence, 1929–43; lecture notes, essays, and notebooks. Wallace was a graduate of Milne School and the New York State College for Teachers and taught at the latter and at the University at Albany, 1918–65. She was a classicist and served as the first chair of the Division of Humanities at the University, 1962–65.

WHELAN, ALICE T. (1915– ), librarian
Diaries, 1933–48, 4 vols. (UA–802.005)
Kept as a student in librarianship at the New York State College for Teachers and as a librarian in New York State.


WOODCOCK, ALFRED H. (1905– ), scientist
Papers, 1930–1995, 7.25 cubic ft. (UA–902.028)
The material in this collection documents the correspondence and scientific research of Alfred H. Woodcock. Correspondence files date from 1930-1995 and consist of correspondence from the scientists that Woodcock worked and collaborated with, along with carbons of his original correspondence, as well as journal articles. Woodcock's major collaborators were atmospheric scientist Duncan Blanchard, U.S. Navy scientist James Hughes, chemist James Lodge, and atmospheric researcher Sean Twomey. The scientific research files date from 1937–1986 and consist of original data collected by Woodcock as well as journal articles, record books, and photographs. Information about the scientists Woodcock collaborated with can be found in the correspondence files. Information about the scientific projects that Woodcock researched can be found in the scientific research files.

Papers (UA–902.059)

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