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Julian Park papers

 Collection — Box: 1-11, MC 4.13
Identifier: 15-2-119

Scope and Contents

Papers concerning the history of the University of Buffalo assembled by Julian Park, first Dean of the Colleges and later University Historian. Includes documents from the University Council and of the Medical School concerning the activities of the University from its establishment in 1846 to the 1950s; correspondence and documents concerning the University Extension Movement, circa 1904-1911, and the College of Arts and Sciences, 1913-1961; minutes of the Deans' Committee, 1916-1923; correspondence with John Lord O'Brian and Edward Michael concerning the Extension Movement and the acquisition of the Main Street campus for the University; correspondence with Paul Mohn, Niles Carpenter and others concerning the history of the University, the Schools of Engineering, Social Work and Medicine; scrapbooks, 1911-1964, kept by Park documenting the University of Buffalo as well as Park's personal and professional activities.


  • 1834-1965


Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

The Julian Park Papers, 1834-1965 are open for research.


Copyright of 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.


(Nov. 6) Julian Park born in Buffalo, New York, son of Dr. Roswell Park, the namesake for the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, an internationally known cancer research facility in downtown Buffalo.
Received his B.A. from Williams College.
Studied at the University of Paris and Columbia University.
Private Secretary to Cornelia Bentley Sage Quinton, Director of the Albright Art Gallery.
Instructor in French, University of Buffalo.
Secretary for the College of Arts and Sciences.
Married Florence Parkes. They would have three children: Roswell, David Julian, and Martha.
Served as French Consul for Western New York.
Named Acting Dean to the newly formed College of Arts and Sciences.
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Helped found the Scriptores club writers circle with Dr. Augustus H. Shearer, Librarian of Grosvenor Library, and Marc A. Rose, managing editor the Buffalo Evening News.
Served on Council of the American Association of University Professors.
President of the Buffalo Association of the Sons of the Revolution.
Instrumental in starting Buffalo branch of the Foreign Policy Association.
Lecturer, Geneva School of International Studies.
Member of the Committee on Scholarships, Association of American Colleges.
President of the American Civil Liberties Union, Buffalo Branch.
Appointed Chevalier (knight) of the Legion of Honor.
Chairman, Commission on Teacher Training, New York State Association of Colleges.
Director of the newly-formed Pan American League Against Cancer.
Ran as a candidate for a seat in the United States Congress on the Democratic Ticket. Park said of his decision to run: "It had always seemed to me that we who teach and preach politics ought to get a practical taste of it..."
(March-November) Trustee, Grosvenor Library (forerunner to the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library). He resigned the post to take over the Directorship of the Library while the current Director was on military leave.
Acting Director of Grosvenor Library, during wartime emergency.
Trustee, Grosvenor Library.
Promoted to "Officier of the Legion of Honor" by the President of France for his contributions to strengthen the bonds of friendship between France and the United States.
(July) Retired from the Deanship of the College of Arts and Sciences and appointed Dean Emeritus and University Historian.
President, Buffalo Historical Society.
Presented the prestigious Red Jacket Award from the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society.
(July 17) Died, Buffalo, NY.


5 Linear Feet (10 manuscript boxes, 1 oversize box, 1 map case drawer)


Papers of Julian Park, the first dean of Arts and Sciences (1919-1954) and the University's first Historian (1959-1965). Collection includes historical documents concerning the inception and early history of the University which Park used as research for his publication, History of the University of Buffalo (1917). Also includes an unpublished manuscript for a subsequent history of the University; typewritten memoir; scrapbooks regarding his father, Roswell Park and the University of Buffalo (1907-1964).


This collection is arranged in nine series and subdivided into subseries:

I. Council of the University, I.A. Charters and Bylaws, I.B. Council Minutes, I.C. Stocks, I.D. Mortgagaes and Land.

II. Medical Department, University of Buffalo, II.A. Faculty Minutes, II.B. Medical School Documents, II.C. Buffalo Medical Journal articles.

III. University Extension Movement, 1904-1911.

IV. College of Arts and Sciences, University of Buffalo, 1900-1962.

V. Correspondence, 1917-1965.

VI. Publications and awards.

VII. Ephemera.

VIII. Scrapbooks.

IX. Lecture slides.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the University Archives by Martha Park Koekkoek and UB Professor Byron Koekkoek (Julian Park's daughter and son-in-law), September 1967.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Related Resources

2-1-11: University of Buffalo Council Records

2-1-114:University of Buffalo Council Records

LD701.B42 P3: A History of the University of Buffalo

3-9-00-2 v.15 no.4: Papers read at the conference held to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the founding of the College of Arts and Sciences

University Archives History Vertical Files (See Archivist)

19-F-576: Roswell Park Scrapbooks

19-2-156: Minute book of the Faculty, School of Medicine, 1846-1852

MS-0126: Scriptores Records, 1920-2005

Separated Materials

Box/Folder #4.7 College of Arts and Sciences: Faculty Laws, 1919 was missing with a note that it was removed in 1996. It was not found.

Processing Information

Originally processed by Archives staff, circa 1970s.


Finding Aid for the Julian Park papers
Finding aid prepared by Jessica Tanny.
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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