The professional collection of James E. Perdue, the seventh President of SUNY Oswego and covers the years from 1963 to 1991. Dr. Perdue oversaw the ongoing physical transformation of the campus landscape and growth in its student and faculty ranks. He spearheaded the opening of the academic quad that includes Hewitt, Penfield Library and Lanigan, Mahar and Tyler Halls; several residence halls including what is known as “New Campus”; dining halls; the Culkin administration building and other spaces still of great use.
2 linear feet and 3 boxes
Scope and Content:
Included in the series is an autobiography, photographs, Perdue Inauguration papers, S.U.N.Y. Oswego 125th Anniversary papers, speeches, articles, pamphlets, college memorandum, reports, consultations, correspondence, and information on student unrest at Oswego during the 1970's.
Biographical / Historical:
James Everett Perdue was the seventh president of S.U.N.Y. Oswego from 1965 until 1977. Under his presidency, S.U.N.Y. Oswego grew in many ways. Dorms, dining halls, Hewitt Union, Penfield Library, the administration building and various academic halls were built. Relations between the college, faculty and students were also improved during the period of student unrest in the early 1970's. Dr. Perdue left S.U.N.Y. Oswego in 1977 to become associate chancellor at S.U.N.Y. and was succeeded by Virginia Radley. Perdue retired in 1983 and spent the next several years involved in various academic projects around the country. In 1991, Dr. Perdue wrote his autobiography.