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Robert L. Ketter inaugural files

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: 4-11-672

Scope and Contents

Inaugural files of University at Buffalo President Robert L. Ketter. Ketter was inaugurated as President on February 15, 1971 at Kleinhans Music Hall, and was in office from 1970-1982. Files include correspondence (primarily of Ketter responding to congratulatory letters), program arrangements, details on the inaugural luncheon, and an inaugural report.


  • 1970-1971

Terms of Access and Use

The Robert L. Ketter inaugural files are open to researchers.


Copyright is held by The State University of New York at Buffalo. Copyright in other 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 the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Biographical Note

Robert Lewis Ketter was born in 1929 in Welch, West Virginia; earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from University of Missouri, Columbia in 1950; earned an M.S. in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University in 1952 and a Ph.D., also in civil engineering, at Lehigh in 1956, where he taught as associate professor.

In 1958 he came to the University of Buffalo to act as chair of the Civil Engineering Department, and in 1965 was named Dean of the graduate School. In 1967 Ketter became Vice President of Facilities Planning, where he would be responsible for much of the planning, design and construction of UB's new Amherst Campus.

In 1971 Ketter was made President of the University, a post he held until 1982 in addition to teaching civil engineering. In 1985 he was named Director of UB's Earthquake Engineering and Systems Dynamics Laboratories, and in 1986 Ketter was instrumental in obtaining a grant from the National Science Foundation to found the National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research, of which he was also Director. In 1986 the University named a building after Ketter (home to the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering). He was recipient of several honorary degrees, including a Doctor of Engineering form Lehigh University, 1986, and a Doctor of Science from Kyoungpook University, S. Korea, 1973. Ketter died in 1989.


.4 Linear Feet (1 manuscript box)

Language of Materials



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


Roughly alphabetical by subject.

Acquisition Information

Robert L. Ketter inaugural files were transferred to University Archives by the Office of the President, in July, 1984 as accession 84-059.

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 Robert L. Ketter inaugural files
Finding aid prepared by Archives staff
31 May 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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