The Institute of Gerontology was the successor to the Institute on Aging, created in 1968 as part of the College of General Studies at the University at Albany, State University of New York. The purpose of the Institute, and all subsequent iterations, was to provide knowledge and research into the experience and care of elderly citizens. Specific issues such as nursing home care, criminal offenders and social interaction were the focus of instruction, communication and research through degree programs and certificates, seminars, conferences, newsletters, consortial committees and research studies. In 1972, the organization was renamed as the Institute of Gerontology, and became part of the University's School of Social Welfare. Within a few years, it received status as an established research unit. In 1982, it became the Ringel Institute for Gerontology, named for Rhoda and Stan Ringel, both of whom supported the mission of the institute. The name was changed again in 1997, back to the Institute of Gerontology, which it remains. It is currently comprised of two units, the Center for Research and the Center for Excellence in Aging Services.
Previous directors for the program include Father Anthony Rocha, Steven. I. Pflanczer, Susan R. Sherman and Sheldon S. Tobin. Primary researchers for the Institute include Evelyn S. Newman and Susan R. Sherman. Research topics continued to include elderly offenders, nursing home care, social interaction for seniors as well as the role of the University in advocating for this population, among others. Beyond research papers, the Institute hosted a number of conferences, seminars and training sessions.
Funding was initially provided through grants. After the first director, Father Anthony Rocha, failed to secure a necessary grant for a second consecutive year, he resigned from the Institute, which then was absorbed by the School of Social Welfare. From this point on, funding was received through a mix of grants and institutional funding.
Records contained in this collection include administrative files such as records documenting program creation, committee minutes and agendas, day files and correspondence from 1970-1995, financial records related to grand funding and budgets from 1968-1993, and publications including research projects, training seminars and conferences from 1970-1990. Records from the Ringel Institute of Gerontology follow those of the Institute of Gerontology within the same series. There are few remaining records from the Institute on Aging. Photographs and slides are included in the same boxes and folders as paper documents. Cassettes are housed separately in the Special Collections Cold Room.
The collection is organized into the following series:
Series are arranged chronologically.
All items in this manuscript group were donated to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, by the Ringel Institute for Gerontology in March 1995.
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Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Institute of Gerontology Records, 1968-1995. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Institute of Gerontology Records).
|1||1||Partial Report on Activities||1970-1971|
|1||5-6||Day Files||1973 March-August|
|1||10||Evelyn Newman Correspondence||1974-1975|
|1||12||Michelle Levy Certificate, Photo||1975, Undated|
|1||14||Annual Reports||1975-1976, 1978, 1980-1983, 1985|
|1||15||Day Files||1976, Undated|
|1||16||Local (Community) Advisory Committee Notebook||1976-1980, Undated|
|1||19-20||Nursing Home Ombudsman Program||1977-1978|
|1||21||Campus Advisory Board||1977-1980, Undated|
|1||22||Elderhostel Senior Seminar||1977-1981, Undated|
|1||23||Evelyn Newman Memos||1977-1982|
|1||24||NY State Nursing Home Ombudsman Final Report||1978|
|1||25||Day Files||1978, Undated|
|1||26||Basic Adult Services: Model Curriculum||1978-1981, Undated|
|1||28||Susan M. Sherman Correspondence||1979-1980|
|1||29||Undergraduate 2nd Field in Aging||1979-1980, Undated|
|2||1-2||Adult Family Care Training||1979-1980, Undated|
|2||3||Elderhostel Senior Seminar||1979-1981, Undated|
|Cassette 1||Community University Day||late 1970s|
|2||4||Certificate Program for Nursing Home Administrators||1980, Undated|
|2||5||Day Files||1980, Undated|
|2||6||Field of Study||1980-1981, Undated|
|2||7-8||General Memos||1980-1982, 1984-1989|
|3||2||Faculty Search||1981, Undated|
|3||4||Agreement with the Ringels||1981-1982, 1991|
|3||5||Committees on Centers and Institutes||1981-1982, Undated|
|3||6-7||Development of Program||1981-1982, Undated|
|3||8||Five-Year Plan||1981-1982, 1988-1989, Undated|
|3||10||Minor in Maturity and Aging||1982-1983|
|3||11||Annual Lecture||1983, 1986-1988, 1991-1993, 1995|
|3||12||Director's Report||1987-1989, 1992|
|3||13||Search for PSTP Associate Director||1988|
|3||14||Evaluation of Library Resources||1989, Undated|
|3||15||Institute Review||1989, Undated|
|3||16||Search for Center for Women in Government Director||1990, Undated|
|3||18||Consortium on Aging||1991|
|3||19||Memo re: Registration||1991|
|3||21||Review and Site Visit||1991|
|4||1||Consortium on Aging||1991-1995|
|1||1||Draft Proposal for Funding the Program on Aging of the State University of New York at Albany||1968|
|1||2||Institute of Gerontology Funding||1971, 1979-1980, Undated|
|1||3-4||Regional Multidisciplinary Gerontology Center, Title IV-C Grant||1976-1980, Undated|
|1||5||Title IV-A Grant, Year 2, Supporting Documents||1977-1980|
|1||6||Title IV-C Grant, Quarterly and Final Reports||1977-1980, Undated|
|1||7||Title IV-C Grant Correspondence||1978-1979|
|1||8||US Administration on Aging, Title IV-A Grant, Final Report and Other Materials||1978-1980, Undated|
|1||9||Title IV-A Grant Proposal Year 2 Correspondence||1979, Undated|
|2||1-2||Title IV-A Grant Proposal, Year 2||1979, Undated|
|2||3||Advocacy Assistance Training Grant||1979-1980, Undated|
|2||4||Research Foundation of SUNY, Preapplication Grant. Not Funded||1982|
|2||6-8||NIA Program Project Grant||1984, Undated|
|3||2||IFR Budget||1991, 1993|
|1||1||County Aging Profile Series Demographics and Housing Patterns - 1930-1970||1970|
|1||2||“The Poor of the Capital District” A Research Memo||1970|
|1||3||“Public Policy and the Elderly in NY State” Notebook||1971-1975, 1980-1982|
|1||4||Publicity Notebook||1971-1975, 1980-1982|
|1||5||“Planning for Social Welfare: Coordinating Area Number 3” A Regional Factbook – IG Report||1972|
|1||6||“Planning for Social Welfare: The People of Albany, Selected Census Data for Albany, NY”||1973|
|1||7||Proceedings of the Regional Conference on Aging||1973|
|1||8||Regional Conference on Aging||1973|
|1||9||Research Memo: “Poverty in Albany County”||1973|
|1||10||Regional Conference on Aging - Sonoma Nixon Correspondence||1973, Undated|
|1||11||Slides of Conference Photos and Presentations||1973, 1975, Undated|
|1||12||Conference Brochures||1973-1976, 1979-1980, Undated|
|1||13||“The Albany Senior Service Center Nutritional Program: Its Characteristics, Its Participants”||1975|
|1||14||“Crimes Against the Elderly in Public Housing: Policy Alternatives”||1975|
|1||15||Gerontology Colloquium Slide Presentation and Discussion by Dr. Jane Ives. “Services to the Elderly in Denmark.” (Flyer)||1976|
|1||16||“The Meaning of Cherished Personal Possessions for the Elderly”||1976|
|1||17||“Modes of Retirement Housing for the Elderly,” Brief Summary of the Final Report||1976|
|1||18-19||“Options in Intermediate Sheltered Housing for the Elderly”||1976|
|1||20||“The Role of State University Systems in Opportunities for Senior Citizens”||1976|
|1||21||Questionnaire for Retirement Planning Sent to Faculty and Non-teaching Professionals of SUNY||1976, 1978|
|1||22||Publicity Notebook||1976-1979, Undated|
|1||23||“Toward Services for the Elderly: Regional Data of a Roman Catholic Diocese”||1977|
|1||25||“Reading, Language and Communication”||1977-1978|
|1||27||“Differences in Attitudes Toward Retirement Among Male and Female Faculty and Other University Professionals”||1978|
|1||28||“Foster-family Care for the Elderly: Surrogate Family or Mini-Institution?”||1978|
|1||29||“The Role of the Case Worker in Adult Foster Care”||1978|
|1||30||Survey of Opportunities in the Field of Gerontology in Forty-three Educational Institutions in N.Y.S.: Summary of Findings||1978|
|1||31||Advocacy Assistance for Older Adults Conference||1978, Undated|
|1||32||“Day Treatment for the Elderly: An Overview”||1979|
|1||33||Directory of Services: A Guide for Adult Family Care Providers Participating in the 1979 Summer Training Session||1979|
|Cassette 2-7||Elderly Offender Conference||1979|
|1||34||“Group Services for the Elderly in Albany County: A Directory”||1979|
|1||35||“Social Participation in Adult Homes: Deinstitutionalized Mental Patients and the Frail Elderly”||1979|
|1||36||“Training Citizen Ombudsmen” (Prepared for presentation at Educational Innovations Exchange, Annual Program Meeting)||1979|
|Video-Tape 1-3||A Workshop for Family Care Takers: Problem Solving Part I||1979|
1 U-matic tape.
2 VHS tapes.
Both duplicates of U-matic tape.
|Video-Tape 4-6||A Workshop for Family Care Takers: Problem Solving Part II||1979|
1 U-matic tape.
2 VHS tapes.
Both duplicates of U-matic tape.
|Video-Tape 7-9||A Workshop for Family Care Takers: Problem Solving Part III||1979|
1 U-matic tape.
2 VHS tapes.
Both duplicates of U-matic tape.
|1||37||“Understanding the Psycho-Social Needs of the Elderly in Family Care Residents” Training||1979, Undated|
|1||38||Homebound Elderly, Includes Photo||1979-1980, Undated|
|2||1||Conference Proceedings: New York State Perspectives on Aging||1980|
|2||2||“The Development of a Curriculum in Gerontology for the Public Health Sector”||1980|
|2||3||Miscellaneous Conferences and Seminars||1980-1982, Undated|
|2||4||Al Abrams Dinner||1981|
|2||6||Mental Health and the Elderly Lecture Series||1981, Undated|
|2||7||Rockefeller Research Committees||1981, Undated|
|2||8||“Community Integration of Mentally Ill Adults in (Foster) Family Care”||1981-1982|
|Cassette 8-11||Elderly Offender Conference||1982|
|2||9||Elderly Offender Conference||1982|
|2||10-11||Elderly Offender Conference Planning Documents||1982|
|2||12||Survey of Graduate Degree Recipients||1982-1985|
|2||14||Eugene S. Callender will Present the Fourth Annual Ringel Lecture on “Targeting the Needs of the Elderly” (Flyer)||1986|
|3||1-2||Self-Study Team||1989, Undated|
|3||3||“Peterson’s Annual Survey of Graduate Institutions”||1990|
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