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Office of the President monthly reports

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 5-1-213

Scope and Contents

These monthly reports give a broad overview of the University at Buffalo from 1964 to 1975 (reports were not created for the summer months of July and August). Heavy on statistics, included are enrollment numbers, at large and for academic units, and with comparisons to previous years. Data on campus buildings and planning, academic accreditations, evidence of faculty research and publication, awards, and policies, and university events are also included.

These reports cover pivotal years in the history of the University, namely the first decade as a state institution, expansion to the North (Amherst) campus, and student unrest. For example, the May 1964 report includes a description of President Furnas’ decision to allow Selective Service exams to be administered on campus. That decision prompted the first campus student sit-in on May 2. The report describes the decision, the concerns of the protesters, and the creation of a University Task Force Committee, made up of students and faculty.

Of particular note: Some files include the final reports, as well as the “raw data” and/or background material used to create the report. This background material offers highly detailed descriptions of faculty, departments, facilities, and events on campus, and may not have been written into the final monthly report. Researchers would be well-served to study this documentation.


  • 1964-1975


Terms of Access and Use

The Office of the President monthly reports, 1964-1975, 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.

Historical Note

With the 1962-1963 academic year, the University of Buffalo merged with the State University of New York, and the Chancellor of the University becomes the President. Clifford D. Furnas served as the last Chancellor of the private University of Buffalo and the first President of the State University of New York at Buffalo.

This collection contains printed reports, 1964-1975, from the Office of the President of the University at Buffalo to the President/Chancellor of the State University of New York. In 1964, The President of the State University requested each SUNY school prepare a monthly report and submit to the President. These reports were presented to the State Board of Trustees.

In a memo to SUNY Chief Administrative Officers (dated September 23, 1964), then SUNY President Samuel B. Gould requested:

“I would appreciate…your assistance in providing me with a monthly summarization of important events on your campus, including developments at the administrative level, faculty honors, research projects, student attainments, curricular innovations -- in sum, those matters which relate to advancement and accomplishment. It is not necessary to go into detail in such matters; a listing with pertinent basic information is all that is requested.”

[A copy of this memo is in the collection accession file. See Archivist for access.]


1.25 Linear Feet (3 manuscript boxes)

Language of Materials



Monthly reports, 1964-1975, from the Office of the President of the University of Buffalo to the President/Chancellor of the State University of New York, summarizing activities and events at the University.



Acquisition Information

The Office of the President monthly reports were transferred to University Archives by the Office of the President, date unrecorded.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected.

Processing Information

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


Finding Aid for the Office of the President monthly reports
Finding aid prepared by Amy Vilz.
01 August 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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