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June 8, 2016

When Muhammad Ali Came to UAlbany

On January 30th, 1979, just three months after winning the world heavyweight championship for an unprecedented third time, Muhammad Ali made his way onto a stage at the University at Albany.

To read more of the press release:[Link].


April 24, 2013

Waterbury Hall, Dedicated April 23, 1960

On April 23, 1960, the School formally dedicated Waterbury Hall formally for President Edward R. Waterbury, the first graduate of the New York State Normal School to serve as its president, 1882-89. ("Administration to Dedicate Waterbury Hall Tomorrow," State College News, April 22, 1960, p. 1)
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Waterbury Hall, the last of the Alumni Quadrangle dormitories constructed, opened as a men's dormitory housing 200 students in September 1959. An underground dining hall shared by both Alden and Waterbury Halls was opened later in the year. Designed by Architect Harold O. Fullerton, the building's cost of $1,050,000. (including the dining hall) was funded by the State Dormitory Authority. From September 1959 until it was formally dedicated as Waterbury Hall in April 1960, the dormitory was known as the Men's Dormitory.alumni_waterbury.jpg

Edward P. Waterbury (1831-1889) Diploma, NYSNS 1849, A.M., Ph.D., served as president of the New York State Normal School from June 1882 until his death on August 28, 1889. Waterbury was the first graduate of the State Normal School to lead it. Among his accomplishments were supervising the construction of a new school building on Willett Street, authoring the first history of the school, A Historical Sketch of the State Normal School at Albany, N.Y. and a History of its Graduates, 1844-1884 (1884), reorganizing of the Alumni Association leading the school's first Alumni fund-raising drive to build the Alumni Memorial Window, and the introduction of a Kindergarten Department.waterbury_drop.jpg

May 14, 2010

University at Albany’s 137th Annual Commencement, May 24, 1981

This is video footage of distinguished author Isaac Bashevis Singer’s speech at the University at Albany’s 137th Annual Commencement held on May 24, 1981 at University Field. The master video is part of the University Archives and it was digitally reformatted for your viewing pleasure. Singer was a Polish-born Jewish American author and one of the leading figures in the Yiddish literary movement who received the 1978 Nobel Prize in literature. The footage is of Singer’s Commencement speech as his acceptance of an honorary degree from the University. President, Vincent O'Leary introduces the Nobel Laureate.









University at Albany’s 137th Annual Commencement program:


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October 10, 2006

Who is...? Part IV

University at Albany alum Harvey Milk (class of 1951) is the featured leader for October 10th at the GLBT History Month website. While the papers of Harvey Milk are held by the San Francisco Public Library, researchers can review the column Milk wrote for the Albany Student Press while a student at the University in the Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives.

September 18, 2006

Edward E. Potter Club Celebrates 75th Anniversary

In September 1931, the Edward E. Potter Club was formed "to keep alive the friendships made in undergraduate days, to promote the interests of State College by interesting men of character in the teaching profession, to maintain a high social standard among the men at State College, to cooperate more fully with the Alumnae Association, to keep our selves educationally alert." The Club promoted high educational and behavioral standards for the young men attending the New York State College for Teachers (as the University at Albany was then known) and encouraged its members as individuals and as a group to participate in service-related activities.

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September 12, 2006

Who is...? Part III - Sayles Hall

In September 1941, Sayles Hall was opened as a men's dormitory with accomodations for 134 students. The dormitory also contained a billiard room, gymnasium, and dining hall. Sayles Hall had been dedicated and formally named on Alumni Weekend, June 14, 1941. Purchase of the land and the construction of the building was funded by donations to the Alumni Association, which voted to name the building for then Acting President John M. Sayles, in recognition of his many years of service to the Association.

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John M. Sayles

As the long time chairman of the Alumni Association's funding arm, the Dormitory Committee of the Benevolent Association, Sayles, with Anna E. Pierce, is widely credited with successfully guiding the fund-raising campaign that purchased the land comprising Alumni Quadrangle and built the first two dormitories on the site, Pierce and Sayles Halls.

September 8, 2006

Who is...? Part II

The Dewey Graduate Library is located in Hawley Hall on the Downtown Campus of the University at Albany and has had several names during its incarnation as a library, including the Hawley Library.

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Gideon Hawley

Gideon Hawley (1785-1870), is widely known as the creator of the common or public elementary schools in New York. He served as the first superintendent of the common schools in New York (1812-1821). As a member of the Regents (1842-70), Hawley is credited with helping to establish the New York State Normal School (as the University at Albany was then known). Hawley served as a member of the State Normal School’s first Executive Committee (1844-1852) which helped to win permanent state funding for the new school.

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August 31, 2006

Who is...? Part I

Both people who just happen to be passing by and researchers who have used the Department's collections many times often ask "Just who is this M.E. Grenander?"
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and "What connection does
Marcia Brown
have to the University at Albany?"
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Now you know.

The Department of Special Collections and Archives holds the collections of both women and information in addition to what is on each of the above webpages is available. You only need to ask.