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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content Information

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Subject and Genre Headings

Administrative Information

Container List

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HENRY M. MADEJ PAPERS (APAP-140), 1975-2008




Descriptive Summary

Title: Henry M. Madej Papers
Date: 1975-2008
Physical Characteristics: 2.93 cubic ft.
Abstract: The Henry M. Madej papers contain documents pertaining to his work with the Albany City Charter Revision Commission, the Pine Hills Neighborhood Association, and the Albany Tricentennial Commission. The documents in this collection include professional correspondence, newspaper clippings, meeting minutes, agendas, document drafts, press releases, newsletters, pamphlets, memorabilia, magazines, invitations, schedules, event plans, and handwritten notes as well other materials that document his involvement with the city of Albany, New York and the University at Albany community.
Storage: The materials are located onsite in the department.
Language: The materials in the collection are in English.
Repository: M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University at Albany, SUNY

Biographical Sketch

Henry Madej, an alumnus of the University at Albany, received his bachelor of arts degree in 1967 and his master of public administration degree in 1969. An inductee to the Alpha Phi Gamma Journalism Fraternity and a supporter of the University at Albany campus community, Madej was recognized in 1986 for fifteen years of service to the University Alumni Council. Madej served as deputy director, New York State Assembly Research Service, and later as legislative director for a New York State Assemblyperson.

A long-time Albany resident, Madej has been extremely active in the city's Pine Hills Neighborhood Association, serving a term as president of the organization. The Pine Hills Neighborhood Association covers the neighborhood adjacent to the University at Albany's Downtown Campus and is a mix of student housing, long-term residents, and commercial areas.

Because of his involvement with the Pine Hills Neighborhood Association, Madej became involved with planning Albany's Tricentennial celebration and was the Pine Hills representative to the Tricentennial Commission. As Pine Hills representative, Madej helped decide which banners that would be used in his neighboorhood and where they would be placed. In addition, Madej also assisted with scheduling events that would take place throughout the year for the Tricentennial.

Madej was also involved with other citywide initiatives and organizations. He served on the Albany City Charter Revision Commission in the late 1990s, an organization which sought to update the 300 year old Albany city charter so that it reflected an effective municipal government for the new millennium. As described by Revision Commission member Mary Ellen O’Connor in a 1997 Times Union article, the impetus of the Commission was to “revise rather that rewrite Albany's charter in order to maintain our historic status as having the oldest city charter in the United States. We want to present a clear and concise legal directive for those who administer our city government.” Greatly dedicated to improving Albany, Madej has participated on various other local boards and committees, including a review panel established by Mayor Gerald D. Jennings in 2001 to deliberate on parking problems in the Pine Hills neighborhood.

Note: The information provided above was gleaned from the following sources, in addition to those found in the Henry M. Madej Papers themselves:

"Albany's Historic Charter Overdue for Modernization," Times Union, 20 July 1997, sec. PERSPECTIVE, B1
"Review Panel Established," Times Union, 16 February 2001, sec. CAPITAL REGION, B4

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Scope and Content Information

The Henry M. Madej Papers primarily document his community involvement with the Albany City Charter Revision Commission and the Pine Hills Neighborhood Association during the 1990s and 2000s. Along with these items, the collection also includes documents showing Madej’s involvement in planning Albany’s Tricentennial celebration. The items concerning the Tricentennial date from 1983 to 1987 with the majority focusing on 1986. There are no materials covering 1984. The collection is comprised of professional correspondence, meeting minutes and agendas, addresses made to public hearings, newsletters, document drafts, organizational by laws, sample charters from other cities in New York State, notes, event schedules, event invitations,event plans, and pamphlets. In addition, the collection contains newspaper clippings, magazines and editorials related to Madej's work with these organizations. The collection also includes four cloth banners from the Pine Hills Neighborhood Association, two Frisbees from Albany’s Tricentennial, an Albany Tricentennial Neighborhood Olympics Medal, and photographs and certificates associated with Madej's University at Albany alumni activities.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized chronologically. There are no series.

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Restrictions

Access

Access to this record group is unrestricted.

Copyright

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

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Subject Headings

Persons

Madej, Henry M.

Corporate Bodies

Albany City Charter Revision Commission
Pine Hills Neighborhood Association

Subjects

Charters--New York State--Albany.
Citizens' Associations--New York State--Albany.
Community organization--New York (State).
Neighborhood watch programs--New York State--Albany.

Places

Albany (N.Y.)

Genres and Forms

Banners
Brochures
Bylaws (administrative records)
Calendars
Clippings
Correspondence
Minutes
Newsletters
Photographs

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, box, folder, Henry M. Madej Papers, 1975-2008. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Madej Papers).

Acquisition Information

Henry M. Madej began donating his papers to the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections in 2002, and has continued to make subsequent donations.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Chloe Pfendler
Date: © 2013 By the University at Albany, SUNY. All rights reserved.
Revision history: September 2013 - The finding aid for this collection was updated by Samantha Brown after items about Albany's Tricentennial were added to the collection. Changes were made to the Abstract, Scope and Content Note, Biographical Sketch, and Container List.

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Container List

Box Folder
1 1 Albany County Charter Transition, 1975
2 Histories of Pine Hills, 1977, 2005, Undated
3 Albany County Charter Citizens Review Committee Final Report, 1978
4 Photographs, 1978, Undated
Oversized
3 Tricentennial Commemorative Newspapers, 1983
Box Folder
1 5 Tricentennial Committee, 1985, Undated
6 Tricentennial Neighborhood Committee Plans, 1985, Undated
7 Tricentennial Pamphlets, 1985-1986
8 Government By the People by Stefan Bielinski, 1986
Oversized
3 Tricentennial Commemorative Newspapers, 1986
Box Folder
1 9 Tricentennial Magazines, 1986
10 Tricentennial Programs and Newsletters, 1986
11 Tricentennial Concert Event, 1986, Undated
12 Tricentennial Event Invitation, 1986, Undated
13 Tricentennial Event Schedule, 1986, Undated
14 Tricentennial Gala, 1986, Undated
15 Tricentennial Newspaper Clippings, 1986, Undated
16 Tricentennial Commemorative Album, 1987, Undated
17 Pine Hills Neighborhood Association Newsletter, 1990-2000, 2002, 2004-2008, Undated
18 New Resident Welcome Letter, 1992-1997
19-21 Correspondences and Memos, 1994, 1996-1998, Undated
22 Phase II Report of Citywide Management Audit, 1995
23 Press Releases, 1996-1997, ca. 1998, Undated
24 Albany City Record, 1996, 1998
25 City of Albany Charter Policy, Provisions, and Guidelines, ca. 1996, 1997
26 Pine Hills Tour, 1997
27 Charter Revision Commission Meeting Minutes, Notes, and Agendas, January 1997-January 1998, April-August 1998
28-30 City of Albany Charter Drafts and Notes, December 1997-January 1998, June-August 1998, Undated
31 Albany Charter Revision Commission Brochure, 1997
32 Albany Charter Revision Commission Public Outreach Strategy, 1997
33 Charter Revision Commission Orientation Sessions and Role of Charter, 1997
34 Mayor and Council Brief, 1997
35 Proposal for City Charter Revision Commission, City of Albany, 1997
36 Sample Charter Provisions for Yonkers and Rochester, 1997
37 Charter Provisions for Elected Officials in Selected Cities in New York State, 1997, Undated
38 Charter Public Hearing Addresses and Notices, 1997-1998
39 Charter Revision Commission Voting Record, 1997-1998
40 News Clippings and Editorials, 1997-1998
41 Charter Commission and Council Motions and Proposals, 1997-1998, Undated
42 Charter Revision Commission Proposed Work plan/Calendar and Schedules, ca. 1997, Undated
43 Proposed City Charter for Albany, 1998
44 The Beverwyck Neighbor, 1998
45 Budgetary Documents, 1998
46 Charter Revision Commission Meeting Notices, 1998, Undated
47 General Notes, 1998, Undated
Box Folder
2 1 NYCOM Guide to City Charters and Charter Revision, 1998, Undated
2 Portion of Albany City Charter, 1998, Undated
3 Charter Revision Commission Resolutions, ca. 1998
4 Pine Hills Neighborhood Association, 2003
5 Pine Hills Business Directory, 2004
6 Albany City Comptroller Provisions, Undated
7 "A Brief History of the Mohawk & Hudson Railroad", Undated
8 Helen Desfosses Albany Common Council Presidential Campaign Ad, Undated
9 List of Committee Members, Undated
10 Meeting Attendance List, Undated
Oversized
1 Pine Hills Neighborhood Association Banners, Undated
Box Folder
2 11 Proposal Charter Q&A's, Charter Voting Flyers, Undated
12 "Revising City Charters in New York State" Article, Undated
Box Folder
3 1 Sample Stationary, Undated
2 Supplemental Reference Material, Undated
3 Tricentennial Boards of Famous Albany Residents, Undated
4 Tricentennial Boards of Famous Albany Residents, Undated
5 Tricentennial Event Flyer, Undated
Oversized
2 Tricentennial Frisbees and Tricentennial Neighborhood Olympic Medal, Undated
Oversized
3 Tricentennial Gala Map, Undated
Box Folder
3 6 Tricentennial Ice Cream Memorabilia, Undated
7 "What Do We Know About Albany's Elected Officials?" Report, Undated
8 "Why the City of Albany Needs One Chief Financial Officer Now" Report, Undated

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