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Chancellor Charles P. Norton Medals

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: 3-2-411

Scope and Contents

Four Chancellor's medals presented in 1925 (Charles Henry Brent), 1942 (Thomas B. Lockwood), 1951 (Samuel P. Capen), and 1971 (Alfred H. Kirchhofer).


  • 1925-1971

Terms of Access and Use

The Chancellor Charles P. Norton Medals are open to researchers.


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.

Historical Note

The Chancellor's Medal is awarded to individuals whose accomplishments have greatly added to the prestige of the city of Buffalo and often to the University as well. Recipients of the Chancellor's Medal, the highest award given by the University, exemplify what it means to be a "great citizen of Buffalo."

On February 9, 1922, former Chancellor Charles P. Norton added a clause to his will establishing the Chancellor's Medal. In the clause he wrote:

The purpose of the clause in my will relating to the Chancellor's Medal is to personify civic patriotism and vilify public service in the eyes of the citizen of Buffalo. I ask the Council of the University to award it each year on Washington's birthday at the University exercises to some citizen who performed some great thing which is identified with Buffalo. It may be a great civic or political act, a great book, a great work of art, a great scientific achievement, or any other thing which in itself is truly great and ennobling and which dignifies the performer and Buffalo in the eyes of the world. By Buffalo, I mean not only the City of Buffalo as it is circumscribed by its city limits, but also the greater Buffalo of its environing neighborhood to which the City's moral, intellectual, educational and business influence extends. The deed for which the medal is given need not have been performed within the year immediately preceding the time of warding the decoration. The medal may be awarded to a man, woman, or child. The first recipient of the medal was Charles Henry Brent in 1925.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 flat box)

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Four Chancellor's medals presented in 1925 (Charles Henry Brent), 1942 (Thomas B. Lockwood), 1951 (Samuel P. Capen), and 1971 (Alfred H. Kirchhofer).

Acquisition Information

Medals presented to Thomas B. Lockwood and Samuel P. Capen gifted by their respective estates. Medal presented to Alfred H. Kirchhofer, purchased at an estate sale and gifted by Raimie Manch, July 15, 2004. Acquisition information for the medal awarded to Charles Henry Brent is unknown.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Related Materials

5/3/431, Chancellor Charles P. Norton Medal records, 1922-1982

Processing Information

Processed by John Edens, January 2011; finding aid encoded by Lucy Bell, August 2018.


Finding Aid for the Chancellor's Medals
Finding aid prepared by John Edens.
January 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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