Office of the President annual report working files
Scope and Contents
Annual reports give a broad overview of the University at a given point in time, including of academic units, budgets, bequests and fundraising, campus planning, and facilities; and statistics such as enrollment, degrees conferred, and faculty research publication. These reports are a critical resource for researchers, as they offer not only “what was,” but “what might have been” (i.e. insight into the assumed and planned trajectory of departments, campuses, budgets, academics, etc.) as well as “firsts.” Goals of programs and departments at their inception are noted.
These working files include the “raw data” and/or background material used to create the report. This background material can include 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.
Of particular note is a draft of the never published “Three Year Report” covering 1966-1969.
Some files include the final report; for others, consult collection 5/1/27, Office of the President annual reports.
Terms of Access and Use
The Office of the President annual report working 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.
There has always been a governing board known as the Council for the University of Buffalo since its inception in 1846, but the first Chancellors were not appointed from the university community. They were citizens of Buffalo, lawyers and politicians, whose official functions were just to represent the University before the public. The deans of the individual schools were separately responsible for department educational and financial affairs.
In 1920, Chairman of the Council Walter P. Cooke organized a citywide financial campaign that enabled the University to be able to hire a Chancellor that would bring the University into a new era. In 1922 Samuel P. Capen, former director of the American Council on Education, was hired by the Council to become the first full time Chancellor at the University of Buffalo. It was during Capen's tenure from 1922-1956 that the University became academically and financially unified.
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 the working files of the Annual Reports of the Chancellor of the University of Buffalo, and, after the merger of the University of Buffalo with the State University of New York in 1962, the President of the State University of New York at Buffalo.
.2 Linear Feet (1 manuscript box)
Language of Materials
Material used to create annual reports of the President of the State University of New York at Buffalo. Includes a draft of the never published “Three Year Report” covering 1966-1969.
The Office of the President annual report working files were transferred to University Archives by the Office of the President, in July, 1977, accession number unrecorded.
Accruals and Additions
No further accruals are expected.
Processed by Archives staff, 1970s; finding aid encoded by Amy Vilz, August 2019.
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