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Ketter, Robert L., 1928-1989


Biographical Note

A member of the university faculty since 1958, Robert L. Ketter (1928-1989) served as the first chairman of the Department of Civil Engineering, Dean of the Graduate School, and the Vice President for Facilities Planning. During his tenure as President (1970-1982), he oversaw the construction of the new campus, strengthened the university’s research programs, and initiated international programs in Korea, Japan, and China. He was founder and first director of the university’s Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research. Robert L. Ketter Hall, home of the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, was dedicated in his honor in 1987. In 1988 Ketter was named SUNY Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering by the SUNY Board of Trustees.

Found in 16 Collections and/or Records:

Amherst Campus of the State University of New York at Buffalo: A Historical Perspective project records

 Collection — Box 1-2
Identifier: 8-9-993

Collection includes the unbound Masters project of Angeline Janetakos, as well as source documents and reports.

Dates: 1967-1985

Canadian-American Center records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 33-20-872

Canadian-American Center Records maintained by Joanne Burgess, Director of the Center and Special Assistant to President Ketter for the Center, between 1980-1982. The bulk of the records document the Acid Rain Conference held at the University in May of 1981.

Dates: 1980-1982

Robert L. Ketter appointment books

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 4-11-675

14 volumes of University at Buffalo President Robert L. Ketter's appointment books. Ketter was President from 1970-1982.

Dates: 1969-1981

Robert L. Ketter evaluation records

 Collection — Envelope 1: [Barcode: 39072039027598]
Identifier: 4-11-324

Files pertaining to the 1974 evaluation of President Robert L. Ketter by the Board of Trustees and Ketter himself.

Dates: 1974

Robert L. Ketter inaugural files

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 39072039027580]
Identifier: 4-11-672

Inaugural files of University at Buffalo President Robert L. Ketter. Ketter was President from 1970-1982.

Dates: 1970-1971

Robert L. Ketter inauguration scrapbooks

 Collection — Oversize-box UAOS 4: [Barcode: 39072039027556], Volume: 2-3
Identifier: 4-11-657

Scrapbooks of the inauguration of University at Buffalo President Robert L. Ketter. Ketter was inaugurated on February 15, 1971 at Kleinhans Music Hall, and was in office from 1970-1982.

Dates: 1971

Information Services file on Robert L. Ketter

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 4-11-65

Clippings and press releases on University at Buffalo President Robert L. Ketter, as collected by the Office of Information Services.

Dates: 1963-1989

Robert L. Ketter papers and memorabilia

 Record Group — Box 1-22, 23+-25+, 26
Identifier: 4-11-797

Papers include memos, correspondence, reprints, research notes, course materials, diagrams, photos, clippings and objects related to Robert L. Ketter's career especially at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Dates: 1954-1989

Robert L. Ketter speeches and remarks

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 4-11-581

File of speeches, remarks, introductions and other public statements delivered by State University of New York at Buffalo President Robert L. Ketter, 1970-1982. In addition to drafts of speeches, the file also includes background information, comments and suggestions of the speeches by members of the University administration. Ketter was President from 1970-1982.

Dates: 1970-1982

Darwin D. Martin-Frank Lloyd Wright collection, oral histories

 Collection — Box 1-3
Identifier: MS-0022-0093

Oral history interviews with persons associated with the Darwin D. Martin House, Buffalo, New York, and other buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Dates: 1971-1980
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New York (State) -- Buffalo -- College presidents 7
Universities and colleges -- Administration 7
College presidents -- New York (State) -- Buffalo 6
College presidents -- Inauguration 2
Earthquake engineering -- Research 2
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Earthquake engineering laboratories -- United States 2
Earthquake hazard analysis 2
Acid rain -- Congresses 1
Air -- Pollution 1
Appointment books 1
Audits 1
Campus planning -- New York (State) -- Buffalo 1
Canada -- Relations -- United States 1
Clippings (information artifacts) 1
College buildings -- New York (State) -- Buffalo 1
College facilities 1
Commencement ceremonies 1
Committee reports 1
Committees 1
Conference reports 1
Correspondence 1
Darwin D. Martin House (Buffalo, N.Y.) 1
Diagrams 1
Earthquake engineering 1
Earthquake engineering -- Periodicals 1
Interviews -- New York (State) -- Buffalo 1
Larkin Building (Buffalo, N.Y.) 1
Local transit 1
Minutes (administrative records) 1
Monographs 1
Oral histories (document genres) 1
Photographs 1
Publications 1
Reprints 1
Research notes 1
Scrapbooks 1
Sex discrimination against women -- Law and legislation 1
Sex discrimination in education -- Law and legislation -- United States 1
Speeches 1
Student movements -- New York (State) -- Buffalo 1
Student protestors -- New York (State) -- Buffalo 1
Student unions -- New York (State) -- Buffalo 1
Student-administrator relationships -- New York (State) -- Buffalo 1
Students -- New York (State) -- Buffalo -- Political activity 1
Technical reports 1
Transportation Planning 1
United States -- Relations -- Canada 1
Universities and colleges -- Accreditation 1
Universities and colleges -- Departments -- Evaluation 1
Universities and colleges -- United States -- Administration 1
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