Perry B. Duryea, Jr. was born on October 18, 1921 in Montauk, New York. He married Elizabeth Ann (Weed) of Bronxville, New York and the couple raised their two children in Montauk where the family wholesale seafood business, Perry B. Duryea and Son, Inc., was located. Duryea graduated from East Hampton High School and earned his BA from Colgate University in 1942. He attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Naval Air Transport Service and entered the family business full-time after World War II.
Duryea began his career in public service as a member of the Montauk Public School Board of Education. He was president of the Long Island State Park Commission, Bethpage Park Authority, Jones Beach State Parkway Authority from 1963 through 1969 and a member of the Board of Trustees of Colgate University and Dowling College. Duryea was first elected as a Republican to represent the First Assembly District of the New York Legislature in 1960. He served as Minority Leader in the Assembly from 1966 through 1968 and Majority Leader from 1968 through 1972.
The Perry B. Duryea, Jr. collection includes materials primarily documenting his years as Republican Majority Leader of the State Assembly. The bulk of the collection is composed of news clippings, press releases, and other publicity materials released by his staff. Some topics represented in the collection include state funding for care of the mentally ill through the state Department of Mental Hygiene, the New York State Kidney Institute, the future of higher education in New York State, the budget crises faced by New York City, and the state budget. Duryea's relationship with Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller is only covered in the news clippings file.
The collection best documents Duryea's coverage in the mass media through press releases, news clippings, and a weekly column he published about significant issues, but it does not include any of his personal papers. The collection appears to be composed of material assembled for research about Duryea around 1972..
This collection has no series, and is ordered alphabetically.
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Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Perry B. Duryea Jr. Papers, 1961-1972. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as [shortened name]).
|1||1||Assembly Chamber Welcome, Brochure, 1972||1972|
|1||2||Assembly Memo, 1970-1971||1970-1971|
|1||4||Campaign Literature, undated||undated|
|1||5||Future of Higher Education in New York State, Conference, 1972||1972|
|1||6||Legislative Activity, 1961-1971||1961-1971|
|1||7||Mental Health, 1971||1971|
|1||8||Mental Health, 1971||1971|
|1||9||New York State Kidney Disease Institute, 1967, 1972||1967, 1972|
|1||10||News Clippings, 1968-1972||1968-1972|
|1||11||Photograph, circa 1970||circa 1970|
|1||12||Political Party Enrollment, 1966-1967, 1970-1971||1966-1967, 1970-1971|
|1||13||Press Releases, 1966, 1971/1972||1966, 1971-1972, 1971-1972|
|1||14||State Budget Reductions, 1971||1971|
|1||15||Weekly Columns, 1970-1971||1970-1971|