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Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, Assistant to the Provost Records


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This collection consists of the administrative records of the Assistant to the Provost of the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy.


Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, Assistant to the Provost
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2.4 cubic ft. (about 2.4 boxes)

The Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs was established April 22, 1982, named to honor the contributions to New York State government of Governor Nelson Rockefeller who served from 1959-1973. The creation of the new college signified State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany President Vincent O’Leary’s (1977-1990) attempt to give additional academic and institutional weight to graduate programs of the University most closely tied to public policy in New York at a time when the University was reemphasizing its roots as a public policy institution. The new college initially brought together the School of Criminal Justice, the Graduate School of Public Affairs, and the School of Social Welfare under the umbrella of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs. Each of the individual schools retained its dean, but the Office of the Provost, and the new position of Provost of Rockefeller College, was created to lobby for and coordinate the activities of all three schools. In 1986, the School of Information Science and Policy was merged into Rockefeller College. The provost was also the designated director of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, an independent think tank reporting to the SUNY chancellor, set up to study public policy problems in New York.

The Assistant to the Provost was responsible for overseeing use of the buildings on the Downtown Campus, organizing various events such as Commencement, Alumni Awards Dinners, and Dedications, and for overseeing the Rockefeller College Art Collection. Jerry Parker held the position from 1981-2000. From 2000 until his retirement in 2010, Parker continued to work as an administrator at the University at Albany organizing events on the Downtown Campus.

In 2000 Rockefeller College was restructured, each of the constituent schools (Criminal Justice, Public Affairs, Social Welfare and Information Science and Policy) once again became independent schools under their individual deans reporting to the new University at Albany position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the position of Provost of Rockefeller College was eliminated. The Graduate School of Public Affairs changed its name to The Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, thus preserving the honor to Nelson Rockefeller, if not the original intended function of the College.

See the records of the Graduate School of Public Affairs (UA-680) for a full description of the creation and growth of that school/college.

This collection consists of the administrative records of the Assistant to the Provost of Rockefeller College created or collected by Jerry Parker. The bulk of the records are budget reports, correspondence, meeting notes, and photographs and newspaper clippings related to college events. During processing, the archivist retained the original folder titles assigned by the records’ creator with the following exceptions: “Creation of Rockefeller College-administration and structure” was originally two separate folders named “Organization and History of Rockefeller College” and “Rockefeller College Memorabilia.” As the contents of the folders were similar (administrative correspondence from the early years of Rockefeller College) they were combined and given a new title that was more indicative of the contents. In Series Two, “Provost’s Office Inventory Account 83001” was renamed “Rockefeller College Art Collection Inventory” for clarification purposes.

The collection is organized into the following series:

Both Series 1 and 2 are arranged alphabetically.

Jerry Parker donated his records to the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives in December 2010.

Processed by: Beth Rienti

Collection record created by: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on

Published: 2018-03-06 08:55:51 -0500

Encoded in EAD by Jodi Boyle, 2012

Archival materials can be view in-person during business hours in our reading room, located on the top floor of the Science Library on the Uptown Campus.

We can also deliver digital scans for remote research for a fee.

Access to this record group is unrestricted with the exception of a small number of select folders noted below.

Copyright Statement

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:

Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, Assistant to the Provost Records, 1981-2004. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Rockefeller College, Assistant to the Provost Records).

Contents of Collection

Quantity: 1.66 cubic ft. (about 1.66 boxes)

This series contains budget files, reports, organizational charts and information, downtown campus planning information, and meeting notes of various departments, councils, and committees. Correspondence between the Provost, Assistant to the Provost, other University Administrators and outside parties are interspersed throughout these files.



1 1-2Budget1993-1996


1 31984-1985 Budget Document-[RESTRICTED] Undated


1 41985-1986 Budget Document-[RESTRICTED] Undated


1 51986-1987 Budget DocumentUndated


1 61987-1988 Budget DocumentUndated


1 71988-1989 Budget DocumentUndated


1 8Budget Panel Subcommittee1992


1 9-10Budget Request1999-2000


1 11Continuing Education Facility for Downtown Campus (Levitt Room, DR 313)1980, 1983-1985


1 12-16Creation of Rockefeller College, Administration and Structure-[RESTRICTED] 1980-1982, 1984-1986


1 17Downtown Campus Administrator1983, 1986


1 18Downtown Campus Long-Range Planning Committee1989, 1991, 1993


1 19Faculty Council1989-1991


1 20-21Faculty Council 1985-Spring 1989, 1985-19891993


1 22Five Year Plan for 1984-19891984


1 23Five Year Plan for 1985-19901985


1 24Five Year Plan for 1990-19941990


1 25Levitt Fund1984, 1988, 1993-2001


1 26Levitt Room1983, 1986-1987, 1989


Cassette 1Levitt Room Dedication1987


2 1Materials for Presentation to Budget Panel Subcommittee1991


2 2-3Milne Fund1992-1998


2 4Organizational Charts (Rockefeller College)1997, 2000, Undated


2 5Planning Memoranda1991


2 6Planning Memorandum 1987-1992Undated


2 7Presentation Outline for Budget Panel Subcommitte1991


2 8Renaming Downtown Campus Buildings1981-1984, 1986, Undated


2 9-10Report for Karen Hitchcock on PDP Deficit1996, 1998


2 11Rockefeller College 1995-1996 Budget Reduction Plan1995


2 12Rockefeller College 1995-1996 Budget Reduction Plan-2nd version1995


2 13Rockefeller College Budget Requests1988, 1989-1990


2 14Rockefeller College Bylaws1981, 1989-1990, 1992, 1996, 1998


2 15Rockefeller College Contingency Plan Reports1995


2 16-17Rockefeller College Dean’s Meetings Notes1991-1995, Undated


2 18Rockefeller College Department Meetings1983-1984, Undated


2 19Rockefeller College Strategic Plan1996


2 20-21Second Level Review Committee-[RESTRICTED] 1983-1991, 1995-1998, Undated


2 22Strategic Visions, Accomplishments and Resource Priorities1993


2 23Strategic Visions, Accomplishments and Resource Priorities1994
Quantity: 0.74 cubic ft. (about 0.74 boxes)

This series contains information related to University events such as Commencement and Convocation, Alumni dinners, dedications of various rooms and buildings on the downtown campus (including the Dewey Library), a history of the downtown campus, its buildings, and the graduate schools incorporated into Rockefeller College, as well as information and inventories of the Rockefeller College Art Collection. This series also includes a number of promotional and informational publications created by Rockefeller College, including the Colleges’ newsletter—RC Report. Additionally there are a number of photographs (prints, contact sheets, and negatives), as well as newspaper clippings related to events held at Rockefeller College and one audio cassette tape.



2 241995 Alumni Awards Dinner PhotosUndated


2 25-26Alumni Awards Dinner1984-1999


2 27Alumni Reception 2000 PhotosUndated


2 28Banquet Photos1997


2 29Banquet Photos1998


2 30Commencement 1993 PhotosUndated


2 31Convocation/Commencement Photos1982-1984, 1992, Undated


2 32Dedication of Fosnick Room, Milne 200 Photos1995


2 33Dewey Library Dedication1987-1988


2 34Distinguished Alumni Photos 1993Undated


2 35-36Fall Convocation-19831982-1984


2 37NARC Convocation1983, Undated


2 38Rockefeller College Art Collection Inventory1992-1994


3 1Rockefeller College Convocation1983


3 2Rockefeller College Prints and Paintings1984, 1995, 2003-2004, Undated


3 3-4Rockefeller College PublicationsUndated


3 5RC Reports1984-1992


3 6Rockefeller College School HistoriesUndated