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UAlbany Libraries Announce Acquisition of Ronald B. Stafford Papers
M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives Adds to Significant Collection
ALBANY, NY (November 1, 2006)--The University at Albanyâ€™s Libraries have acquired a significant addition to its important New York State Modern Political Archive.
Brian Keough, head of the M.E. Grenander Special Collections and Archives, today announced the acquisition of the Ronald B. Stafford Papers, approximately 225 cubic feet of material documenting Mr. Staffordâ€™s 40 years in the New York State Senate and in public life. â€œThis is a significant addition to our collection that includes the personal papers of 41 former members of the New York State Senate and Assembly and 22 former US Congressional members,â€? says Keough.
Elected to the New York State Senate in 1965 to represent the 45th District, Ronald B. Stafford represented the North Country for a 37-year Senate career which included membership on several committees. He ended his career as chairman of the powerful Finance Committee. Stafford, a Republican, was the first chairman of the Senateâ€™s Higher Education Committee. During his Senate career, he chaired the Senate Finance Committee, Higher Education Committee, Codes Committee, and the Judiciary Committee. In 1974, as Chairman of the Senateâ€™s Higher Education Committee he helped shape and create the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), a landmark program that opened access to college for New Yorkers who would otherwise have been unable to afford opportunities in higher education . He was a protector of the environment through his involvement in Adirondack Park affairs. Stafford was instrumental in bringing the 1980 Olympic Winter Games to Lake Placid, and in 1974 was appointed chairman of the New York State 1980 Olympic Winter Games Commission. He remained a leading figure in the Senate and in NYS politics throughout his career and until his death in 2005.
The Ronald Stafford Papers were transferred to the University at Albany Libraries in January 2006. The papers consist of correspondence, letters, memorandum, meeting minutes, press releases, legislative memorandum, newsletters, writings, photographs, clippings reprints, and other archival resources. Contact Brian Keough for detailed information: 518-437-3931 or email@example.com
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