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University Archives


The University Archives documents the history of the University at Albany, SUNY from its origin in 1844 as the New York State Normal School to train teachers for New York State to its present status as a comprehensive research university. Below is a brief description of each subject area followed by descriptions of most of the University Archive's collections. For reference queries or research questions contact the Grenander Department Reference staff or (518) 437-3931.

ADMINISTRATION & ACADEMICS:  Records of campus offices, departments, schools, and institutes and other permanent historical documentation about the governance of the University and its predecessor institutions. Includes records of the Board of Trustees and University Council, 1844-1989; the Faculty Senate and University Senate, 1915-80; official papers of University presidents, 1915-1995; documents relating to the construction of the uptown campus, 1962-72; biographical files on former faculty/administrators; more than 300 regular and occasional titles, 1845- 2013, including catalogs, circulars, course schedules, commencement programs, and faculty newsletters.

FACULTY, STUDENTS, & ALUMNI/A: Professional papers of former faculty members; registration books, 1845-1911; grade books, 1868-1890; biographical files on deceased alumni/ae, 1845 to present; photographs, scrapbooks, memorabilia, and other material from the Alumni Association Collection, 1845 to present; yearbooks, 1892-present; material on student life, 1845-present; student newspaper, 1892-present; alumni newspapers, 1919-present; masters theses, 1914-present, and doctoral dissertations, 1963-present.

PHOTOGRAPHS (link to Luna): More than 100,000 photographs and born digital images concerning the faculty, students, administration, buildings, and campus life. Though there are photographs dating from the middle of the nineteenth century, the bulk of the collection dates from 1962 to the present.

Chronological History of the University at Albany, SUNY, 1844-2010: Compiled by Geoffrey Williams, University Archivist, the chronology is a work in progress undergoing continuous revision as new or more accurate information becomes available. The Chronological History is intended to give brief information about a subject and pointers to fuller sources of information. Any errors or omissions are the responsibility of the author.