Deans' Council and Senate Executive Committee conference files, Office of the President
Scope and Contents
Files of mainly annual conferences for the Deans’ Council, Senate Executive Committee, and Faculty. Includes memos, background articles to be discussed at conferences, clippings, transcripts, and agenda. Users should not assume that each conference file is comprehensive in coverage or format type.
The collection offers evidence of the planned, intended, and/or achieved direction of the University from the late 1950s to late 1960s, beginning when UB was still a private institution, to its merger with the State University of New York, and situates the University during this era within national higher education trends.
- University of Buffalo. Office of the Chancellor (Collector, Organization)
- State University of New York at Buffalo. Office of the President (Collector, Organization)
Terms of Access and Use
Deans' Council and Senate Executive Committee conference files, Office of the President, 1957-1966 are open to researchers.
This collection has been minimally processed. Privacy protected information (including but not limited to certain educational, medical, financial, criminal, attorney-client, and/or personnel records) may be revealed during use of archival collections, particularly in collections that are unprocessed or have been minimally processed. Researchers agree to make no notes or other recordation of privacy protected information if found within the archival collections, and further agree not to publish, publicize, or disclose such information to any other party for any purpose if found within the archival collections.
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.
The explosion of enrollment after WWII came with a rapid expansion of academics. Clifford C. Furnas, chemical engineer, metallurgist, aviator researcher, and Olympic athlete, was the University's ninth chief executive, holding the position of Chancellor from 1954 until 1962 when the University merged with the State University of New York and his title changed to President. Furnas undertook an extensive program of expansion and enrichment to meet the growing educational needs of Western New York. He was the guiding force in the merger of the private UB with the State University of New York in 1962, affording an infusion of funding. Between 1961 and 1963, over 200 new faculty were hired to meet growing enrollment demand.
Likewise, UB’s footprint expanded rapidly from the Main Street (South) campus to Amherst. The University at Buffalo's North Campus is located almost exactly in the center of the town of Amherst, NY approximately 3.5 miles from South Campus on the northeast edge of Buffalo, NY. In the mid-1960s, the University was quickly outgrowing its 178-acre campus, which was once the grounds for the Erie County Almshouse and County Hospital.
After a few unsuccessful attempts to acquire land for a new campus in downtown Buffalo, the University looked to the surrounding suburbs. Then governor of New York Nelson Rockefeller helped the University acquire 2,000 acres in Amherst, and in October 1968, the University began the intensive planning for the newly acquired land.
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Language of Materials
Files of mainly annual conferences for the Deans’ Council, Senate Executive Committee, and Faculty. Includes memos, clippings, background articles to be discussed at conferences, and agenda. Users should not assume that each conference file is comprehensive in coverage or format type.
Deans' Council and Senate Executive Committee conference files, Office of the President were transferred to University Archives in November 1973 by the Office of the President, accession number unrecorded.
Accruals and Additions
No further accruals are expected.
Processed by Archives staff, date unrecorded, with contextual notes added by Amy Vilz, November 2019; finding aid encoded by Amy Vilz, November 2019.
- University Archives (Repository, Organization)
- Finding Aid for the Deans' Council and Senate Executive Committee conference files, Office of the President
- Minimally Processed
- Finding aid prepared by Amy Vilz
- 07 November 2019
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