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Graduate Student Association records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 9-1-64

Scope and Contents

These files are complete as possessed by the Graduate Student Association when they were released to the Archives. Financial Records for clubs, bills, treasurer's memos, budgets; also data on student fees, athletic fees, scholarships. Chairmen of the GSA and others generated correspondence with administrative officers of the University on many topics; for example, with Robert O'Neill, Executive Assistant to President Meyerson. Some correspondence documents the drive toward participation in university governance, through the Committee on Institutional Funding, Student Behavior, the Faculty Senate Committee on Student Affairs, the Grading and Ranking Committee, the Graduate Dean Search Committee, and the 1970 Presidential Search Committee. Minutes exist for the Student Seante, GSA Executive Council, the 1970 Collegiate Assembly. Academic Plans were collected from every faculty under President Martin Meyerson, and President Furnas's Task Force on University Policy. Documentation of events include recruitment on campus by Dow Chem Corp. and the CIA, the 1964 site visit by HUAC, the student strike of 1969. Papers collected pertain to local civil rights organizations (by the Center for the Study of Racism), the draft, Themis, and others. Speakers and symposia sponsored included Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Dr. Benjamin Spock. "America in Crisis, 1968", featured Tom Hayden, Howard Zinn, Carl Oglesby, and John Gerassi.


  • 1963-1970


Terms of Access and Use

The Graduate Student Association records, 1963-1970 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.

Historical Note

The Graduate Student Association was formed in 1962-1963; one of its first projects was a group insurance plan. A Social Committee was organized, to provide a sense of community for the new student, and a Publications Committee to plan an information booklet; also committees on Housing, Foreign Students, and Orientation.

The 1960s were a momentous time for the University at Buffalo, partly due to student unrest and protest as well as notable visitors such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. These files hold record of one of the most eventful decades in UB history.


3.5 Linear Feet (7 manuscript boxes)

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Records of the Graduate Student Association of the State University of New York at Buffalo, from 1963 to 1970, including correspondence, financial records, reports, Executive Council minutes, and other materials.


Arranged in original order, roughly chronological by subject.

Acquisition Information

The Graduate Student Association records was gifted to University Archives by Pat Gallagher in August, 1971.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected.

Processing Information

Processed by Archives Staff; finding aid encoded by Grace Trimper, August 2018.

Finding Aid for the Graduate Student Association records
Finding aid prepared by Archives Staff
20 August 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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