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School of Architecture and Planning vertical file

 Collection — Drawer: RG 44
Identifier: 44-H-VF

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.

Historical Note

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)

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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:

Administrative history



Dept. of Urban and Regional Planning

Friends of the School of Architecture and Environmental Design

Acquisition Information

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.

Processing Information

Processed by Grace Trimper, Fall 2017; finding aid encoded by Amy Vilz, March 2019.


Finding Aid for the School of Architecture and Planning vertical file
Finding aid prepared by Amy Vilz
05 March 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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Buffalo New York 14260-1674 US
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