Office of University Events, William J. Regan papers
Scope and Contents
The Office of University Events, William J. Regan papers contains physical papers and digital files from William J. Regan's time as director of the Office of University Events. Includes subject files, correspondence, schedules, calendars, event planning and marketing materials, transcriptions, board and committee records, videos, and images related to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Event and Distinguished Speakers Series, the 14th Dalai Lama's visit to the University at Buffalo, and other events. Much of the collection is comprised of video recordings of Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Event and Distinguished Speakers Series appearances, as well as videos and images from the Dalai Lama's visit.
- circa 1988-2019
- State University of New York at Buffalo. Office of University Events (Creator, Organization)
Terms of Access and Use
The Office of University Events, William J. Regan papers, circa 1988-2019 are open to researchers.
The video recordings in this collection may only be accessed onsite within the library at this time.
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.
William Regan worked for the University at Buffalo for 39 years, most notably as the director of the Office of Conferences and Special Events, which was later renamed the Office of University Events. During his time with the office, Regan developed and managed UB’s various sponsored workshops, conferences, symposia, meetings and special events, including the Distinguished Speakers Series, Celebration of Academic Excellence, and commencement ceremonies. He also oversaw the combination of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Event and the Distinguished Speakers Series in 2001, and coordinated the 14th Dalai Lama’s visit to the University at Buffalo in 2006 as well as 44th President of the United States Barack Obama’s visit in 2013.
Regan and his family moved from Gainesville, Florida to Buffalo, New York in 1964. He received a bachelor’s degree in French literature with a minor in Russian and an MBA, both from the University at Buffalo. He started his University at Buffalo career as a catering supervisor for the Faculty Student Association in 1980, then worked as the manager of the Center for Tomorrow from February 1982 until September 1988. Regan was associate director for conferences and special events from September 1988 to September 1991, when he became interim director of UB’s Office of Conferences and Special Events. He became full director of the office in 1993, a position he held until his retirement in 2019.
Regan received several awards throughout his career, including a 2007 SUNY Chancellor’s Award, the 2004 Didaskalos Award from Campus Ministries, the 2001 Outstanding Service Award from the Professional Staff Senate, and the 1998 Elayne G. Wels Community Support Award. He is also an active member of his community, and has served as advisor to the director of the WNY Independent Living Project Inc., officer and president of the special education Parent Teacher Association for the Amherst Central School District, and chairman of the board of St. Luke's United Church of Christ. He is also a member of the Leadership Buffalo Class of 2001 and served on the Amherst Pepsi Center Oversight Committee, and was director and president of the Amherst Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
9.3 Linear Feet (2 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box, 1 oversize manuscript box, 1 audiocassette box, 2 VHS boxes, 1 Betacam box, 2 CD boxes)
53 Gigabytes (2,938 digital files)
Language of Materials
Professional papers and digital files of William J. Regan of the Office of University Events, largely concerning the Distinguished Speakers Series and the 14th Dalai Lama's visit to the University at Buffalo.
The Office of University Events, William J. Regan papers are arranged in three series:
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration and Distinguished Speakers Series, 1988-2019
- The 14th Dalai Lama at the University at Buffalo, 1995-2007
- Other events, 1999-2012
The original order of the digital files is retained.
The Office of University Events, William J. Regan papers, circa 1988-2019 were transferred to University Archives by William J. Regan in 2019 as accession 2019-024.
Accruals and Additions
No further accruals are expected.
Processed by Grace Trimper and Sarah Cogley, 2019-2021; finding aid encoded by Grace Trimper and Sarah Cogley, February 2021.
Digital files created by William Regan and the Office of Special Events were transferred to the University Archives via electronic transfer and also on various types of storage media including compact discs and digital optical discs. Where possible, digital content saved on storage media was migrated from the storage media, normalized to standard preservation and access formats, and transferred to a stable preservation environment following the University Libraries' Digital Preservation guidelines. Some folder titles and file titles were altered to assist researchers in locating and identifying digital content.
The recording of the Distinguished Speakers Series event with Kevin Spacey has been removed from the collection due to an inability to read the physical media. Duplicate files have also been removed.
- Audiocassettes Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Betacam (TM) Subject Source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
- Bstan-'dzin-rgya-mtsho, Dalai Lama XIV, 1935-
- CD-RWs Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- DVDs Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Presentations (communicative events) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Speeches Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- VHS (TM) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- digital audio tapes Subject Source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
- entertainment events Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Finding Aid for the Office of University Events, William J. Regan papers
- Finding aid prepared by Grace Trimper and Sarah Cogley
- 29 October 2019
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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