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Albert Budd Termin papers

 Collection — Box: 1-9
Identifier: 31-5F-1141

Scope and Contents

Includes papers and manuscript thesis from Termin's graduate schooling; meet results, meet reports, meet tapes (similar to register tape with individual swimmer times and benchmarks), diving score sheets, and championship results for the University at Buffalo Men's Swimming and Diving Team; blueprints for natatorium in Alumni Arena; conference materials; manuscripts; research files relating to training and swimming physiology; patent documentation for swimmer training method and swimsuit design; awards and memorabilia of Termin and the men's swimming and diving team; media clippings; streaming video; and extensive photographic images including photographs, albums, scrapbooks, digital images, and slides.

During processing, it was not always easy to separate training materials from research materials. The two are closely related and while all care was taken to distinguish, a look through both series may be required.


  • 1958-2007
  • Majority of material found within (1987-2005 )
  • Migrated: November 3, 2020 - January 19, 2021


Language of Materials

Collection material in English and Finnish.

Terms of Access

The Albert "Budd" Termin Papers are open for research. Digital material may only be accessed onsite within the library at this time.


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.

Please note: This collection is stored off-site. Access to collection requires 3 business days’ notice. Contact University Archives at (716) 645-2916 or to schedule an appointment.

Biographical Note

Albert "Budd" Termin, II, was the head coach for the University at Buffalo (UB) Men's Swimming and Diving Team from 1987-2007. During this time Termin helped moved UB from a division III university to division I, with a 122-90 dual meet record and seven (7) conference championship titles. Termin's teams were frequently noted for the academic standing, winning the National Collegiate Athletic Association's All-Academic-Team Award several times.

While coaching, Termin also conducted physiological research with Physiology Department member David Pendergast. Termin and Pendergast investigated oxygen consumption (metabolism), swimmer training, and swim suit drag using the donut-shaped water tank in the Center for Research in Special Environments. Together they obtained a patent for their training method, System and Method for Training a Swimmer, and licensed a swimsuit design to TYR, sports equipment manufacturer. Termin and Pendergast's swimsuit was used in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens by medal-placing swimmers.

Termin obtained a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Clarion University (1979) and a master's degree in sports administration from the University of Kansas (1987). While a graduate student, Termin was the academic coordinator of the Kansas University swim team. From 1980-1985, Termin coached the West Shore YMCA Barracudas in his hometown of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

--Adapted from Budd Termin's profile formerly found on the men's swimming and diving website, now available in Termin's University Archives biographical file . For a more detailed biography of Coach Budd Termin, visit


10.58 Linear Feet (8 cartons, 1 oversize box [25 x 31 inch])

14.5 Gigabytes (2,606 files, 39 folders)


Budd Termin was the head coach for the University at Buffalo's Men's Swimming and Diving Team from 1987-2007. His papers include manuscript for graduate thesis, coaching files, research papers and manuscripts in swimmer physiology and training, awards and honors, and extensive photographic images.


This collection is arranged in six series:

  1. Graduate School
  2. Coaching at the University at Buffalo
  3. Professional Activities
  4. Awards, Honors, and Memorabilia
  5. Photographic Materials and Media References of the University at Buffalo Swimming Teams
  6. Additional material [Accession 2020-013]

Physical Location

Please note: This collection is stored off-site. Access to collection requires 3 business days’ notice. Contact University Archives at (716) 645-2916 or to schedule an appointment.

Acquisition Information

The Albert "Budd" Termin Papers, 1958-2007, were transferred to the University Archives in May 2007. Additional papers and born digital material were given to the University Archives by Budd Termin in October 2020 as accessions 2020-013 and 2020-013-BD.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Separated Materials

Plaques, trophies, and other award memorabilia that were included in the donation were sent to the University Athletics office. A sac of UB buttons was transferred to the general University Archives collection.

The following periodicals are publicly available and were removed from the collection:

  1. American Swimming, 1997:4-5, 2000:2
  2. Biokinetic Strength Training, Volume1
  3. The Finals: From the Top, 88:1
  4. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise 33:5 Supplement
  5. Poolside, XVVII: May 1998 [sic]
  6. Triathlete, March 2005: 251
  7. Splash! 2:5
  8. Swimming Technique, 8:4; 10:1;16:2-4; 17:1-2,4; 18:3; 19:1,3; 20:3; 21:2, 4; 22:1; 25:1, 29:1
  9. Swimming World, 25:3

The following theses are publicly available and were removed from the collection:

  1. King, William B. A Comparison of Three Methods of Initial Arm Movements Following a Competitive Freestyle Turn. Thesis (M.A.)--East Carolina University, 1976
  2. Hungate, Kenneth Wayne. A Study of Three Methods of Initial Arm Movements Used After a Competitive Backstroke Turn. Thesis (M.A.)--East Carolina University, 1972

The following monograph is publicly available and was removed from this collection:

  1. Leedy, Paul D. Practical Research: Planning and Design. New York: Macmillan, 1985

Processing Information

Processed by Nathan Tallman, October 2009. Additional material processed by Sarah Cogley, January 2021.

Digital files created by Albert Termin were transferred to the University Archives in 2020 on various types of storage media including compact discs and digital video 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 file names were altered and file arrangement reorganized to assist researchers in locating and identifying digital content.


Finding Aid for the Albert Budd Termin papers
Finding aid prepared by Nathan Tallman.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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