School of Architecture and Planning vertical file
Scope and Contents
This vertical file is not comprehensive; it is comprised of ad hoc material collected over time by University Archives staff. Vertical files are often used by researchers as a "first stop" and serve as an orientation to the topic at hand.
The School of Architecture and Planning vertical file contains administrative histories regarding the School. Administrative histories are useful as they generally contain citations to other sources, such as minutes, articles, etc., that are held in University Archives.
Numerous newspaper article clippings and press releases are present, with strong coverage from 2004-2014.
Several files include publications of two types: those regarding School events, lectures, courses, etc. and those produced by the School (in particular, the Urban Design Project), mainly regarding the architectural landscape of Buffalo, New York and its surroundings. These latter reports include:
• Building Design and Analysis [Lockwood, O’Brian, Furnas, Alumni Arena, and Fronczak], 1986
• Delaware Park Casino Project, 1972
• The Entertainment District Project Report, 1978
• Extending Buffalo’s Light Rail Rapid Transit Project: Alternatives for Joint Development Planning, 1980
• The Lower West Side: Strategies for Neighborhood and Community Development, 1994
• A New Epoch: The Quality of Life as an Enrollment Issue at UB, 1985
• Niagara Falls, New York East Falls Street Theatre District, 1993
Files also cover Urban Studies (Department of Urban and Regional Planning) and the Friends of the School of Architecture and Environmental Design.
Additional material is stored in oversize.
- circa 1968-2014
Terms of Access and Use
The School of Architecture and Planning vertical file is 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 University Archives before requesting photocopies and/or publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Once permission is obtained, most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.
The earliest known discussion of the school is a letter, dated November 30, 1961, from Guy Baldwin and Mortimer J. Murphy of the Buffalo-Western New York chapter of The American Institute of Architects to President Clifford Furnas requesting a meeting to discuss the possibility of the organization of a school of architecture. Discussion and progress continued for the next several ears until the School of Architecture and Environmental Design (SAED) was approved by the SUNY Board of Trustees in March, 1967. The Board stated, "...a school of architecture be developed at the University Center at Buffalo; and that every effort commensurate with sound academic planning and development be made to enable the school to commence operations in the fall of 1968" (page 67).
Classes began in fall 1969. The School was meant to be multi-disciplinary and was "based in three of the University's academic faculties: Arts and Letters, Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Social Sciences and Administration.
SAED offered three degree programs: BA in Environmental Design; Bachelor of Professional Studies in Architecture; and beginning in 1973, a Masters of Architecture in Building Systems Design. Each degree program had a chairman. The School of Architecture was independent of other faculties and was headed by a dean; the first was John Eberhard (1968-1973).
1 Linear Feet (filing cabinet drawer)
Language of Materials
Contains administrative histories, clippings, miscellaneous printed material regarding events, etc., and reports from the School of Architecture and Planning, and its predecessor, the School of Architecture and Environmental Design.
Material is arranged in 5 areas:
Dept. of Urban and Regional Planning
Friends of the School of Architecture and Environmental Design
Material in the School of Architecture and Planning vertical file was collected by University Archives staff. Periodically, documentation is added to the collection.
Accruals and Additions
Further additions may be added.
Processed by Grace Trimper, Fall 2017; finding aid encoded by Amy Vilz, March 2019.
- Architecture -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- New York (State) -- Buffalo Subject Source: Local sources
- Architecture, American -- Study and teaching Subject Source: Local sources
- Buffalo and Western New York Architecture Collection (State University of New York at Buffalo)
- State University of New York at Buffalo. School of Architecture and Environmental Design
- State University of New York at Buffalo. School of Architecture and Planning
- Finding Aid for the School of Architecture and Planning vertical file
- Finding aid prepared by Amy Vilz
- 05 March 2019
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