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State University of New York Planning documents and records

 Collection — Box: 1-5
Identifier: 1-2-1094

Scope and Contents

Found in this collection are educational planning documents, 1968 Master Plan progress report and revisions, Central Administrative Office Records, Faculty Workload documents and a series of miscellaneous records which were unlabeled and unidentifiable. Some of the documents found in this collection are copies which belonged to Robert W. Spencer. Others are working documents for reports and projects Spencer contributed to.


  • 1967-1981

Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

State University of New York Planning documents and records 1967-1981, are open for research.


Copyright is held by the State University of New York at Buffalo, University Archives. 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.

Biographical Note

Robert W. Spencer (1921-2012 ) attended Riverside High School in Buffalo, New York and received his B.A. degree in 1942 from the University of Geneseo. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific. He married Mary Pearl Elder on October 30th, 1942. Following the war they moved to Eden, New York, where Mr. Spencer taught high school science and driver education. He quit teaching to work as a carpenter and later opened his own home and pool construction business. In 1962, he returned to higher education working towards his doctorate degree in political science at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He worked in the Office of Planning and Development during his graduate studies focusing on planning for the new Amherst campus. In 1967, before he was able to complete his dissertation he was offered a position with SUNY Central in Albany in the Long Range Planning Office. He later became a special assistant to the Chancellor of SUNY. He and Mary, who taught kindergarten for 25 years, retired in August 1983 and returned to Buffalo. The Spencers have four children, Mary, Robert, Karen, and Kevin, eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Robert Spencer died on January 14th, 2012.


2.09 Linear Feet (5 manuscript boxes)


This collection contains educational planning records and correspondence between Robert W. Spencer and various individuals regarding that planning.


This collection is arranged into three series as follows:

  1. SUNY Master plans
  2. Other Planning documents
  3. More Planning documents

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the University Archives by Karen L. Spencer, daughter of Robert W. Spencer, in 2003.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Related Resources

1/2/5, SUNY Master plans, 1950-
1/2/6, State University Construction Fund reports
1/2/126, SUNY Master plans, 1950-
1/2/310m, Origins and Development: State University of New York: records
1/2/436, Council of Head Librarians (Library Directors) records
1/2/1029, Future of SUNY, records, 1984-1985
8/1/50, Office of Planning and Development records, 1964-1966
MS 218, Spencer Family diplomas, 1909-1988

Separated Materials

A survey which was found in the Central Administrative Office records was removed and discarded because it contained personal and confidential information.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Stephanie Tocco, May 2007.


Finding Aid for the State University of New York Planning documents and records
Finding aid prepared by Stephanie Tocco.
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

420 Capen Hall
Buffalo New York 14260-1674 US
716-645-3714 (Fax)