Jeanette Martin Navel photograph retirement album
Scope and Contents
Jeanette Martin Navel served as Secretary to the Chancellors and Presidents of the University of Buffalo, and the State University of New York at Buffalo, from 1922 to her retirement in 1969 (Chancellor Capen to President Meyerson). This album was presented to her on her retirement, and includes photographs of the University and more than fifty letters from members of the University administration, faculty, and staff, containing recollections of “Miss Martin’s” almost fifty years of service.
Photographs mainly consist of University Chancellors and Presidents, both portraits and at University events. Letters from UB people contain information on the then private University of Buffalo, including details of daily life, etc. An itemized list of photographs and letter correspondents is available on request.
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The Jeanette Martin Navel photograph retirement album is open to researchers.
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Jeannette Martin Navel (known to her colleagues as "Miss Martin") served four University Chancellors and Presidents over forty-seven years at UB. Navel began her work as an administrative assistant in the Office of the Chancellor the year Dr. Samuel P. Capen first arrived at the University (1922). In 1946, she was promoted to the position of Administrative Assistant to the Chancellor. She held this position throughout the presidencies of T. R. McConnell, Clifford C. Furnas, and Martin Meyerson. It was through her organization that these transitions between chancellors and presidents remained smooth and operable.
Navel was also known for her role in the annual commencement ceremonies, where she ensured that all University faculty members were appropriately attired for the ceremony, even going so far as to supply unprepared professors with spare robes from her steamer trunk.
She participated in other University activities as a member of the Women's Club, the University Scholarship Committee of the Quota Club, and the Dean's Council.
Upon her retirement in 1969, the University put together a notebook full of letters of appreciation from her colleagues, co-workers and friends. (University Archives collection, 5/3/159). Emma Deters, the University Registrar, echoed many people's feelings when she described Navel in her letter:
"For one to have been so closely associated with the University under four Chancellors and Presidents is a real achievement; to have demonstrated such flexibility is truly remarkable. I have always admired your unfailing graciousness and have appreciated your understanding throughout the many difficult years, especially in the less affluent days of the University."
Jeanette Martin Navel died in 1976.
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Language of Materials
This album was presented to Navel on the occasion of her retirement in 1969, and includes photographs of the University and more than fifty letters from members of the University administration, faculty, and staff, containing recollections of "Miss Martin's" almost fifty years of service.
Photographs, mainly chronological; letters, mainly alphabetical.
The Jeanette Martin Navel photograph retirement album was transferred to University Archives by the Office of the President, in June, 1977, accession number unrecorded.
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No further accruals are expected.
Processed by Archives staff, late 1970s; finding aid encoded by Amy Vilz, September 2019.
- Finding Aid for the Jeanette Martin Navel photograph retirement album
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- 09 September 2019
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