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Charles P. Norton speeches

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: 4-6-18

Scope and Contents

Two scrapbooks of speeches, 1905-07 (incomplete), with a few items up to 1920. Norton was Vice Chancellor of the University of Buffalo from 1905-1909, and Chancellor from 1909-1920. The main topic of the speeches, correspondence, and clippings in this collection is the “University Extension” movement of which he was the chief spokesperson during this period.

Also includes a speech on “The College Idea,” circa 1909-1910, and a photocopy of a letter from Norton to Stanford University President David Starr Jordon, February 8, 1910, about the development of the University of Buffalo.


  • 1905-1920


Terms of Access and Use

The Charles P. Norton speeches are open for use. Note, the materials are fragile. See Archivist for handling.


Copyright of papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and University Archives before requesting photocopies and/or publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Once permission is obtained, most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Biographical Note

A lawyer who graduated from Harvard, Charles P. Norton helped found the Buffalo Law School in 1887 which was assumed into the University of Buffalo in 1891. During his tenure as Chancellor (1905-1920) the College of Arts and Sciences was established and 178 acres were acquired from Erie County and private owners for a campus for the university. Walter P. Cooke served as acting chancellor 1920-1922.


.4 Linear Feet (1 manuscript box)

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Two scrapbooks of speeches, 1905-07 (incomplete), and a few items up to 1920, of Charles P. Norton, University of Buffalo Chancellor 1905-1920.


Chronological by scrapbook.

Acquisition Information

Transferred to University Archives in November 1969. Transcript of an undated speech was gifted by Paul Bert in October 1970; photocopy of letter from Norton to David Starr Jordan received from Stanford University Archives in May 1969.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected.

Processing Information

Processed by Archives staff, date unrecorded; finding aid encoded by Amy Vilz, May 2019.


Finding Aid for the Charles P. Norton speeches
Finding aid prepared by Archives staff
28 May 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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