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University of Buffalo. Committee on General Administration

 Organization

Historical Note

In 1920, UB was a loosely organized group of professional schools, with only the bare beginnings of an arts and sciences college. The only endowment was the Knox fund for the arts and sciences; the professional schools were without funds. Buildings and equipment were insufficient. Most of the teaching staff were part-time volunteers. With slightly more than 1,000 students, UB had never had a full-time chancellor.

While there was little that was impressive about the visible university, UB could claim 74 years of service to the community. There also was the dream of a “greater university” and, perhaps more than anyone else, Walter P. Cooke (University Council chair) wanted to see that dream realized.

In the summer of 1920, Cooke took steps to make the dream of a “greater university” a reality. After provisional letters of resignation had been received from council members and Chancellor Charles P. Norton, Cooke led a reorganization of the University Council that resulted in his being elected council chair. Once in charge, he created the Committee on General Administration, the group empowered to oversee the activities of the university. Cooke was to chair that group, too.
Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Business Affairs vertical file

 Collection
Identifier: 6/H/VF
Abstract Contains administrative histories, clippings, reports, and miscellaneous printed material regarding the financial management and affairs of the University.

Samuel P. Capen papers

 Collection — Box: 1-30
Identifier: 4/7/19
Overview Professional and personal correspondence, speeches, articles and memorabilia of Samuel P. Capen, first director of the American Council in Education (1919-1922); first full-time Chancellor of the University of Buffalo (1922-1950); and spokesman for academic freedom and educational reform.

Committee on General Administration and Dean's Council legislation book

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: 5/3/34
Abstract Resolutions of the Dean’s Council and University of Buffalo General Administration Committee, 1936 to 1962. The majority of the resolutions are by the General Administration Committee.