The University's main campus, the Uptown Campus, has been described as a distinctive work of modern art. Designed in 1961-1962 by renowned American architect Edward Durell Stone (1902-1978), the campus bears Stone's signature style of bold unified design, evident in buildings from the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Construction on the initial set of buildings began in 1962 and finished in 1971. The next building to be built on campus, Freedom Quad, opened in 1988.
The Uptown Campus is defined by a central Academic Podium complex, main fountain complex with carillon tower, and four quadrangle residence halls that dominate much of the campus.
This collection contains planning documents used in the development and construction of the University at Albany, SUNY's Uptown campus. Of particular interest are the regular progress memos providing indepth information about challenges and development with construction.
The majority of plans included in this collection (such as the 1974 plans, 30,000-40,000 student scenario) were never realized and the buildings were not constructed in the 1970s as anticipated in the previous decade.
The collection has two series: Planning Documents and Subject Files. Both are arranged alphabetically.
All items in this manuscript group were transferred to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives.
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Published: 2018-03-06 09:28:16 -0500
Converted to EAD, 2015 December
Encoded in EAD by Jodi Boyle, 2015
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Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Campus Construction Collection, 1951-1987. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Campus Construction Collection).
|1||1||1974 Comprehensive Campus Plan Updating SUNYA||1967 August 2|
|1||2||1974 Comprehensive Campus Plan Updating SUNYA||1967 June 7|
|1||3||1974 Comprehensive Campus Plan Updating SUNYA (1 of 2)||1968 July|
|1||4||1974 Comprehensive Campus Plan Updating SUNYA (2 of 2)||1968 July|
|1||5||1974 Comprehensive Site Plan Updating SUNYA, Summary Report||1968 July|
|1||7||Building Progress Report||1967-1971|
|1||10||Correspondence, Meeting Minutes, Material Bound for Walter Tisdale||1961-1966|
|1||12||Documents and News Clippings||1967-1974|
|1||13||"Futures: State University of New York and your Children," Pamphlet||Undated|
|1||14||Land Requirements and Building Needs of the State of New York in the Albany Area and Acquisition by the State of the Site of the Albany Country Club||1960|
|1||17||New Campus, Miscellaneous, Memos||1966-1969|
|1||18||New Campus Rooms and Offices, Binder||Undated|
|1||20||Planning, General||1962-1964, 1970|
|1||21||Progress Report on SUNY 1964 Master Plan, Correspondence||1962-1975|
|1||22||SUNY College at Albany Site Planning Program||1960 December 28|
|1||23||SUNYA: Comprehensive Campus Plan Report Action Program||1965 May 1|
|1||24||State University of New York at Albany, Data Booklet||1963 December 4|
|1||25||State University of New York at Albany, Justification for Humanities Building II||Undated|
|1||26||State University of New York at Albany, Justification for Social Science Building II||1967 August|
|1||27||State University of New York at Albany, Justification for Business Building II||1967 August|
|1||28||SUNY Planning Guidelines for Facilities at University Centers prepared by William T. Conway, Program Coordinators for University Centers,||1965 February|
|1||29||State University of New York at Albany, Program for New Academic Building, (Annex A)||1972-1978|
|1||30||University Building Planning, Correspondence (1 of 2)||1960-1969|
|1||31||University Building Planning, Correspondence (2 of 2)||1960-1969|
|1||32||Atlas Cement Promotional Brochures; SUNY Master Plan; SUNY Summary Bulletin||1964-1965, 1970|
|1||33||Campus Environmental Improvement Program, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry||1987|
|1||34||Campus Environmental Improvement Program, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Copy||1987|
|1||35||Committee of the University||1970-1971|
|1||36||Construction News Clippings||1963-1967|
|1||37||Dormitory Authority of the State of New York Annual Report||1965-1966|
|1||38||Edward Durell Stone, SUNYA Scrapbook (Photocopy of the original courtesy of the office of Dennis Sebeveal)||1962-1970|
|2||1||The Environment of a College: A Study of the Campus and Construction of SUNYA, by Dennis Esposiet||1975 October 20|
|2||2||Equipment, Memos, Forms, Inventory, Proposals and Procedures||1951, 1958-1972|
|2||4||The Politics of Architecture: A Perspective on Nelson A. Rockefeller, Chapter 4: "The State University of New York," By Samuel E. Bleecker||1981|
|2||5||Stone and SUNYA Campus Exhibit Cards||1987|
|2||6||Uptown Campus, 30-40,000 Student Scenario||Undated|
|3||1||Edward Durrell Stone||Undated|
|3||2||Construction, News Clippings, Photocopies||1956-1962|
|3||3||Construction, News Clippings, Originals||1956-1962|
|3||4||Construction, Highlights, News Clippings||Undated|
|3||5||Construction, News Clippings||1963-1965|
|3||6||Construction, News Clippings||1966-1985|