M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives
Inclusive Date: 1921-1989
5.3 cubic ft.
The Student Association Records contains records documenting the proceedings of the UAlbany Student Association from its inception in 1921 to 1989. This collection contains records that relate to the changing duties, functions, and governmental structure of the Student Association.
Processed in 1992-2015 by Heloise Dubreuil, Justin Holzer.
The materials are located onsite in the department.
The current Student Association was formed in 1921. Interest in forming a student government dates from 1914. At that time, President Milne rejected a student petition to form a student government commenting, "There is no place in this institution for the association and activities contemplated in this petition". President A.R. Brubacher(1915-1939) took a more favorable attitude toward student government. In response to a 1915 student petition, he instructed Professor Risley to form a committee to study the possibility of creating a student government. There appears to have been an attempt at forming a rudimentary student organization in January, 1916. As a result of Risley's study, Myskania was formed in 1917. Myskania, referred to in their 1917 constitution as the student council, was an honorary body consisting entirely of seniors who were to represent "the opinion and to improve the department of the student body." Myskania, in turn, created the Student Association in 1921. The general business of running student funded activities such as the yearbook and the student newspaper appears to have been the concern of the Student Assembly. The new Student Association appears to have carried on the responsibilities of the Student Assembly. (For a history of Myskania, see the Myskania finding aid.)
The Student Association's original purpose as stated in its 1921 constitution, was "the management of all matters of student interest not academic in nature." The Student Association controlled the legislative, financial and executive powers of the government, while Myskania acted as a single judicial branch and as guardian of school traditions. According to the 1921 constitution, the executive duties of the S.A. fell on the executive board made up of the president, the vice president, the secretary and the treasurer. The Executive Board's duty was to carry out the provisions of the Assembly and act as a court of appeals. By 1928, a new constitution for the Student Association changed the executive branch. Instead of the Executive Board, the executive branch was run by Student Council, different from the original student council (Myskania), which was made up of the president, the vice president, the secretary, and the presidents of the four classes. The new Student Council had broader duties than the Executive Board including: arranging the program for Student Association meetings, providing for the publication of the student directory, charter all boards, committees and associations by securing support from the Student Association through the budget and executing all legislation passed by the Student Association.
In the 1930's and 40's Student Association assemblies dealt with contemporary issues such as the presidential campaigns, the New Deal, and World War II. In 1949 the Student Association was involved in a project called CARE, an organization to help the children of the war. From the end of the 1960's the Student Association has placed increasing emphasis on student rights and equal opportunity. Minorities began to organize themselves and form groups including the Women's Liberation Front, Black Students Alliance and Lesbians for Freedom and the Student Association gave formal recognition to these new organizations. The trend continues to this day. At the same time the Student Association supported new programs such as the Equal Opportunity Program (EOP), developed in 1973.
While continuing to sponsor equal opportunity programs for all races and creeds, the Student Association has also, in more recent years, turned its attention to the environment (NYPIRG was recognized on campus in 1982), as well as supported such academic initiatives as the Frosh Reading Program. Long term issues include opposition to ROTC, during the 1960's and 70's for its support for the United States Government's Vietnam War policy, in the 1980's because ROTC discriminated against gay and lesbian candidates; reproductive rights and the establishment of a Birth Control Center on campus. The prominent development of the 1970's through 1990's was the Student Association s new power in academic affairs--one prominent example of that was their accessing the competence of teaching faculty. The results of their surveys were distributed in the ACT and SCATE Booklets.
The Student Association record, consist of meeting minutes, subject files, student publications, booklets, bills and committee files.
Includes minutes of the Student Association and Central Council, 1921-49, 1969-89; Cenral Council bills and resolutions, 1966-89; subject files, 1940-44, 1959-88, consisting of a budget, constitutions, ACT (teaching assessment) proposals, announcements and newsletters; and committee records, 1941-88.
The collection is organized into the following series:
Series 1 - Student Association and Central Council Minutes, 1921-29, 1932-41, 1943-49, 1966-68, 1970-74, 1975-77, 1978-86, 1987-1989
Series 2 - Central Council Bills, 1965/66-1988/89
Series 3 - Subject Files, 1940-44, 1958-88
Series 4 - Committee Files, 1949-75
Series 5 - Assessment of Courses and Teachers (ACT and SCATE booklets), 1974-76, 1987, 1991
All series are arranged alphabetically with the exception of Series 1 and Series 2, which are arranged chronologically.
Access to this record group is unrestricted.
The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Student Association Records, 1921-1989. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York).
Inclusive Date: 1970-1988
The earliest minutes date from the formation of the Student Association in 1921. They document the Student Association's interest in establishing and maintaining school traditions (1920's and 30's), the Student Association 's concern with academic issues such as the establishment of the honor system. These documents give an overview of the management of the organization, and document the Student Association structural change.
Inclusive Date: 1965-1989
The Central Council Bills are complete for the period 1965-66 to 1988-89. This series contains bills passed by the Central Council which is the legislative body of the student government. The bill relate to appropriations, budgets, recognition of student organizations, resolutions relating to local, state, national and international issues, student government reorganizations. The bills dating from 1978-79 to 1988-89 are bound and indexed from 1978-79 through 1985-86
Inclusive Date: 1949/1977
The Committee Files 1949-75 contain bills and minutes, constitutions, government reorganization files, and ballots relating to the proposals and projects made by different committees to the Central Council. The committees include the Academic Affairs Commission, 1967-71, Athletic Advisory Board, 1970-71, Big 4 Committee, 1949-53, Constitutional Revisions Committee, 1965, 1969, Election Commission, 1973-75, and the Government Reorganization Committee, 1962-64. Examples of some projects are: the Frosh Reading Program, Assembly Bill number 4162 (1971-72) regarding the use of non-virgin paper on campus and the establishment of a Birth Control Center for students
Inclusive Date: 1948-1986
The Academic Affairs Records contain documents related to the administration and finances of the Student Association. Also included are records relating to student activity on campus and campaign materials for the election of Student Association Members.
Inclusive Date: 1974-1991
The Student Association gained the permission of the Administration to publish surveys of courses and teachers which are available to the students so that they could make more informed decisions in choosing their courses. The collection is incomplete, and while the faculty evaluations from the 1970's appear to be comprehensive, those from the 1980's and 1990's only publish ratings of a few courses where the faculty has given permission to publish.
Inclusive Date: 1943-1988
This series contains constitutions, budgets, ACT teaching assessment proposals, announcements and newsletters, Moving-up Day programs, and government reorganization papers. In some cases there is extensive information on proposals such as the ACT's and the Ebenezer Howard Project, 1970-71, an attempt to involve students in the problems of urban poverty. The subjects range from local to state wide concerns including other SUNY schools.
Inclusive Date: 2006 August 30-2016 September 17