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Campus Planning Committee records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 8-1-328

Scope and Content Note

These are the files of Bradley Chapin, former Dean of University College, who chaired a committee which conducted a survey of projected facility needs in response to the consultant Heldman report. Various campus units responded to this survey and their reports and responses reflect concepts of what the University projected in terms of academic plans, translated into space needs, during the period after the merger and before the Amherst campus planning really got underway. This material pertains only to the core campus exclusive of Health Sciences. The records deal with the period following the decision to move the University to the Amherst site, and prior to temporary cessation of planning to reconsider the site question. A consultant firm visited the campus to discover facility needs for the future. The resulting Heldman report was then reviewed by departments and offices, and Bradley Chapin was asked by Lester Anderson, Academic Vice President, to take on the job of interpreting the report and collecting reactions. The Heldman report was revised and revisions are shown in these records. However, the actual Heldman report is not included. Around 1966, all planning stopped and the location of the site of the new campus was reconsidered. When planning resumed, Office of Planning and Development [Facilities Planning] became responsible.

See also 8/1/50, Office of Planning and Development Records, 1964-1966, which has files from The Campus Planning Committee and deals with assessing space needs. This Chapin file, however, deals with an earlier period and seems to be less concerned with the Albany and SUNY aspects of the development of the Amherst campus than the later files. That is, this Chapin material may be intended to produce reports for Albany, but correspondence and reports to SUNY officials seldom appear.


  • 1964-1965


Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

The Office of Planning and Development records, 1964-1966 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.

Historical Note

For historical information on the North Campus of the University at Buffalo, please ask for the North Campus History Files. See also Related Resources below.


1.04 Linear Feet (2.5 manuscript boxes)


Collection includes the records maintained by Bradley Chapin, Chair of the Campus Planning Committee, regarding the planning for the Amherst/North Campus of the State University of New York at Buffalo, specifically the determination of space needs.


This collection is arranged in original mostly alphabetical order.

Acquisition Information

Collection was received from Robert Walker, Division of Undergraduate Studies on January 13, 1972.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Related Resources in The University Archives

2/2/679, Committee to Name Buildings: Records, 1972-1980

3/1/464m, Committee for an Urban University, 1966

3/3/1128, Location, Location, Location: A Special History of the University of/at Buffalo, 2007

5/3/267B, President, Office of. Campus Planning, 1954-1973

8/1/50, Office of Planning and Development Records, 1964-1966

8/1/447, Office of Planning and Development Records, 1920-1968

8/1/497, Amherst Land Acquisition, 1964-1972

8/1/552, Capital Budget Requests and Campus Master Plan: Files, 1968-1979

8/1/664, Contracts and Legal Files, 1966-1979, 1969-1977

8/1/968, University Facilities Budget and Planning Documents, 1965-1978

8/9/993, The Amherst Campus of the State University of New York at Buffalo: A Historical Perspective, Masters Project by Angeline Janetakos, April 26, 1985

8/7/999: South Campus Planning Documents, 1957-1984

8/9/997, Amherst Campus Clippings, 1962-1980

8/9/1007, North Campus Construction Records, 1957-1991

8/9/1090, North Campus Construction Clippings, 1971-1979

Processing Information

Unprocessed, maintained in original folders.
Finding aid encoded by Danielle White, August 2014.


Finding Aid for the Campus Planning Committee records, 1964-1965
Finding aid prepared by Archives staff.
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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