President's Office Records, 1876-2011

Collection Summary

President's Office Records, 1876-2011

Collection Number: CA-01000
Collection Size: 6.90 cubic feet

Access & Arrangement

The President’s Office records are open to all users and available in the reading room of the SUNY Potsdam College Archives & Special Collections.  The collection is currently minimally processed, and may receive a more detailed processing in the future.  The collection materials are arranged by president, and sometimes include records from outside their presidency dates.

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.  Questions concerning rights should be addressed to the College Archivist.

Institutional History

The President’s Office (previously the Principal’s Office) was created in 1816 with the founding of the St. Lawrence Academy.  The office is the main executive office of the college, and is responsible for the operations and strategic planning of the institution.

Scope and Content

The President’s Office records are currently divided into twelve series, with each series representing a presidential term.  Materials created by acting presidents have been arranged into the series of the president that preceded their interim term.

Series contains biographical materials and two published textbooks authored by Dr. MacVicar.

Series contains biographical materials, correspondence, and writings.

Series contains biographical materials, correspondence, memos, and reports. Additionally, there are a couple of undated technical drawings of campus buildings and grounds.

Series contains biographical materials and extensive correspondence, memos, and reports. Of note, many of the materials directly discuss the school’s educational role during World War II.

Series contains biographical materials, with a large focus on Crumb’s memorial. Additional materials include correspondence, memos, reports, and speeches.

Series mostly contains biographical materials, along with a limited number of memos, reports, and writings.

The bulk of the series contains speeches given by Barrington both on and off campus. Other materials include biographical materials, memos, reports, correspondence, awards & honors, and subject files on various campus “crises,” including the campus response to the Kent State University shootings of 1970. Of note, a significant portion of the materials predates Barrington’s time as President, including materials from his time as Vice-President of Student Affairs.

Series contains correspondence, memos, reports, and speeches.

Series contains extensive correspondence, as well as memos, reports, and speeches.

Series contains biographical materials, correspondence, memos, reports, speeches, and writings.

The bulk of the series consists of memos and reports. Other materials include limited speeches and an interview conducted with North Country Public Radio.

Series contains biographical materials, memos, reports, and a limited number of speeches.

Container Listing

Series 1. Malcolm MacVicar (Principal 1869-1880)
Box Folder Description Dates
1 1 Biographical File - Tributes, 1904
  2 Biographical File - From SUNY Brockport Archives, 1904-2003
  3 Writings - Published Text Books, 1876-1877

Series 2. Thomas B. Stowell (Principal 1889-1909)
Box Folder Description Dates
1 4 Awards & Honors - Stowell Hall Dedication, 1961-1964
10   Awards & Honors -University of Southern California, 1921, 1924
1 5 Biographical File, 1903-1991
  6 Correspondence & Notes, circa 1890-1909
  7 Correspondence - State of New York Education Department, 1907-1908
  8 Writings - "State Normal and Traning Syllabus" and "The Traning of Teachers", circa 1893

Series 3. Principal Randolph T. Congdon (Principal 1919-1939)
Box Folder Description Dates
1 9 Biographical File, 1919-1939, 1990
  10 Correspondence, 1924-1936
  11 Correspondence - Academic Programs, 1933-1934
  12 Memos & Reports, 1933-1937, undated
  13 Memos & Reports - To Faculty Members, 1934-1939
  14 Memos & Reports - Student/Faculty Association, 1929-1939
  15 Technical Drawings - Campus Layout, undated

Series 4. Clarence O. Lehman (Principal/President 1939-1945)
Box Folder Description Dates
2 1 Biographical File, 1945
  2 Correspondence, 1939-1946
  3 Correspondence - Academic Programs, 1941
  4 Correspondence - Alumni, 1941
  5-6 Correspondence - Armed Forces Institute, 1943-1946
  7 Correspondence - Campus Bookstore, 1939-1941
  8 Correspondence - Helen Hosmer, 1940-1944
  9 Correspondence - Hiring, Music Position, 1943
  10 Correspondence - Local Clubs, 1941-1943
  11 Correspondence - National Youth Association, 1939-1941
  12 Correspondence - New York State Legislation, 1944-1945
  13 Correspondence - School of Practice, Employment, 1942-1943
  14 Correspondence - Student Council, 1944-1945
3 1-2 Memos & Reports, 1939-1946
  3 Memos & Reports - Air Raid Data, 1942, undated
  4 Memos & Reports - Arbitration, 1945
  5 Memos & Reports - Cafeteria, 1943-1945
  6 Memos & Reports - Committee Reports, circa 1939-1941
  7 Memos & Reports - Education Sequence, 1943
  8 Memos & Reports - Enrollment, 1941-1943
  9 Memos & Reports - Entrance Data, 1940-1942
  10 Memos & Reports - Faculty and Faculty Committees, 1939-1943
  11 Memos & Reports - Faculty Committee Minutes, 1939-1943
  12 Memos & Reports - Feasibility of School Museum, circa 1940
  13 Memos & Reports - Library Allocations, 1942-1943
  14 Memos & Reports - Local Board, 1943
  15 Memos & Reports - Proposed Budgets, 1940-1944
  16 Memos & Reports - Scholarship Committee, 1941-1942
  17-18 Memos & Reports - School of Practice, 1939-1945
  19-20 Memos & Reports - School Operations, 1940-1942
  21 Memos & Reports - Student Church Preference, undated
  22 Memos & Reports - Student Faculty Association, 1939-1941
  23 Memos & Reports - Student Placement, 1939-1941
  24 Memos & Reports - Student Recruitment, 1942-1943
4 1 Memos & Reports - Summer Session, 1940-1942

Series 5. Frederick W. Crumb (President 1946-1967)
Box Folder Description Dates
4 2 Biographical, 1952-1961
  3-4 Biographical - Memorial, 1967
10   Biographical - Memorial, 1967
10   Biographical - Memorial Program (Reel-to-Reel Audio Tape), 1967
10   Awards & Honors - Village Citation, 1966
4 5 Correspondence, 1946-1966
  6 Legal - Agreement with Watertown Musicians' Association, 1946
  7-8 Memos & Reports, 1946-1968
  9-10 Memos & Reports - Annual Reports, 1952-1960
5 1 Memos & Reports - Annual Reports, 1960-1964
  2 Memos & Reports - Committee on General Education, 1950
  3 Speeches, 1946-1965

Series 6. Austin Peck (President 1968-1969)
Box Folder Description Dates
5 4 Biographical, 1968-1970
  5 Biographical - Newspaper Reports, 1967-1970
10   Interview - Paul Harvey News, Discussing Class of 1972 (Reel-to-Reel Audio Tape), 1968
5 6 Memorials, 1970
  7 Memos & Reports, 1968-1969
  8 Presidential Acceptance, 1967-1968
  9 Speeches, circa 1968-1969
10   Video (Helical) - St. Lawrence, Canton ATC, Clarkson, & Potsdam State, undated
5 10 Writings, 1952-1958

Series 7. Thomas Barrington (President 1970-1978)
Box Folder Description Dates
5 11 Biographical File, 1970-1978
  12 Awards & Honors - Honorary Degree St. Lawrence University, 1977
10   Awards & Honors - Honorary Degree St. Lawrence University, 1977
10   Awards & Honors - Barrington Retirement Dinner (Reel-to-Reel Audio Tape), 1978
5 13-14 Awards & Honors - Student Union Dedication, 1988
  15 Correspondence, 1972-1978
  16 Correspondence - Business Management, 1974-1977
  17 Correspondence - Holiday Greetings from the Barringtons, 1970s
  18 Correspondence - Presidential Appointment, 1970
6 1 Correspondence - Student Union Dedication, 1988
  2-3 Correspondence - Thanks & Appreciation, 1962-1978
  4 "Crisis Management" - Race, Anti-War, etc., 1969-1973
  5 "Crisis Management" - Kent State University Shootings, 1970
  6-10 Lectures, circa 1960s-1970s
  11-12 Memos & Reports, 1970-1978
  13 Memos & Reports - Academic Community via Staff Bulletin, 1969-1970
  14-16 Memos & Reports - Annual Reports, 1969-1977
  17 Memos & Reports - Campus Overview 1962
  18 Memos & Reports - Faculty, 1971-1977
  19 Memos & Reports - Presidential Evaluations, 1974-1977
  20 Memos & Reports - Task Force on Improving the Quality of Student Life, 1983-1986
  21-23 Speeches - Addresses to Alumni, 1970-1978
7 1 Speeches - Addresses to College Staff, 1970-1972
  2 Speeches - Addresses to Crane Students and Faculty, 1975
  3-5 Speeches - Addresses to Faculty, 1969-1977
  6 Speeches - Addresses to Faculty and Student Senate, 1978
  7 Speeches - Addresses to the Faculty of the School of Liberal Studies, 1976
  8 Speeches - Addresses to Parents, 1978
  9 Speeches - Addresses to Student Affairs, 1970-1975
  10 Speeches - Addresses to Student Senate, 1970
  11-13 Speeches - Addresses to Students, 1970-1977
  14 Speeches - Appreciation Dinner, 1978
  15 Speeches - Athletics, 1984, undated
  16 Speeches - Barrington Drive Dedication, 1981
  17 Speeches - Chamber of Commerce, 1971-1972
  18 Speeches - Commencement Addresses to High Schools, 1954-1966
  19 Speeches - Commencement Addresses to High School and Colleges, 1966-1970
  20 Speeches - Commencement Addresses to SUNY Potsdam, 1970-1978
  21 Speeches - Ecumenical Thanksgiving Program, 1975
  22 Speeches - Gouverneur Chamber of Commerce, 1972
  23 Speeches - Gouverneur Honor Society, 1955
  24 Speeches - Massena Luncheon Club, 1972
  25 Speeches - Mater Dei College Faculty, 1971
  26 Speeches - Medical Services Panel Orientation, undated
  27 Speeches - Miscellaneous, circa 1970s
  28 Speeches - Newman Center Dedication, 1971
  29 Speeches - Potsdam Rotary Club, 1970
  30-31 Speeches - Retirements and Testimonial Dinners, circa 1970s-1980s
  32 Speeches - School Board Institute, 1974
  33 Speeches - Seminar on Collective Negotiations, 1975
  34 Speeches - SUNY New Paltz Business Managers, 1980
  35 Speeches - Watertown Chamber of Commerce, 1972
  36 Writings - Article for College Newspaper, circa 1970s
  37 Writings - Human Relations at Potsdam State Teacher's College, undated
  38 Writings - M.A. Thesis "Apportionment of State Aid to Central Rural School Districts", 1942

Series 8. James H. Young (President 1978-1983)
Box Folder Description Dates
8 1 Biographical, 1978-1983
  2 Correspondence, 1978-1983
  3-5 Correspondence - Business Management, 1978-1982
  6 Correspondence - Center for Public Service, 1980-1981
  7 Correspondence - Clarkson College of Technology, 1979-1981
  8 Correspondence - College Community Week, 1980-1981
  9 Correspondence - Potsdam Village Council, 1978-1982
  10 Correspondence - St. Lawrence County Economic Development Council, 1978-1981
  11 Correspondence - St. Lawrence County Foundation for Youth (Music Theatre North), 1979-1981
  12 Correspondence - St. Lawrence County Health/Mental Health Services, 1982
  13 Correspondence - St. Lawrence University, 1981-1982
  14 Inauguration, 1979
  15 Memos & Reports, 1978-1983
  16 Memos & Reports - Annual Reports, 1977-1983
  17 Speeches, 1978-1982
10   Speeches - Addresses to the Faculty (Audio Cassettes), 1981-1982

Series 9. Humphrey Tonkin (President 1983-1989)
Box Folder Description Dates
8 18 Correspondence, 1984-1988
  19 Correspondence - Board of Cooperative Educational Services, 1984
  20 Correspondence - Businesses Management, 1982-1984
  21 Correspondence - Center for the Performing Arts, 1982-1984
  22 Correspondence - Center for Public Service, 1982-1984
  23 Correspondence - Clarkson Community of Technology Relations, 1982-1984
  24 Correspondence - College Community Week, 1983
  25 Correspondence - Community Relations, 1983-1984
  26 Correspondence - Mater Dei College, 1983
  27 Correspondence - Potsdam Chamber of Commerce, 1984
  28 Correspondence - Potsdam Village Government, 1983
  29 Correspondence - St. Lawrence County Economic Development Council, 1983
  30 Correspondence - St. Lawrence County Foundation for Youth (Music Theatre North), 1983
  31 Correspondence - St. Lawrence County Health/Mental Health Services, 1982-1983
  32 Correspondence - St. Lawrence University, 1983-1984
  33 Correspondence - Tourism, 1984
  34 Correspondence - Wadhams Hall, 1983-1984
  35 Hiring, Inauguration, and Investiture, 1983
  36 Memos & Reports, 1984-1988
  37-38 Memos & Reports - Annual Reports, 1983-1988
  39 Memos & Reports - Language & Culture in International Organizations, 1987
  40 Memos & Reports - North Country Initiative, 1984, 1987
  41 Memos & Reports - President's Digest, 1984
  42 Speeches, 1985, 1987
  43 Writings - Papers Presented on the New Liberal Arts, 1983

Series 10. William Merwin (President 1989-1996)
Box Folder Description Dates
10 44 Biographical, 1989-2011
  45 Correspondence - Kwanzaa Card, undated
  46 Hiring and Inauguration, 1988-1989
10   Inauguration (Audio Cassette), 1989
10   Interview - SUNY Potsdam's 175th Anniversary (DVD-R), 1991
8 47 Memos & Reports, 1988-1998
  48 Memos & Reports - Annual Reports, 1989-1991
9 1 Memos & Reports - Annual Reports, 1991-1996
  2 Speeches, 1990-1995
10   Speech - Campus Assembly (Audio Cassette), 1995
10   Speech - Presidential Address (Audio Cassette), 1990
9 3 Writings - Articles, 1993, undated

Series 11. John Fallon (President 1998-2005)
Box Folder Description Dates
9 4 Inauguration, 1998
10   Inauguration (Audio Cassette), 1998
10   Inauguration - Crane Inaugural Concert (Audio Cassette), 1998
10   Interview - North Country Public Radio (Audio Cassette), 1998
9 5 Memos & Reports, 1998-2005
  6 Memos & Reports - Annual Reports, 1998-2005
  7-8 Memos & Reports - The Millennium & Beyond, 1998-1999
  9-10 Memos & Reports - Periodic Updates, 2001-2005
  11 Memos & Reports - Vision Update, 2001
  12 Memos & Reports - Visioning Committee on Enrollment Management, 1999
  13 Speeches, 2004

Series 12. John F. Schwaller (President 2007-2013)
Box Folder Description Dates
9 14 Biographical, 2007
  15 Inauguration, 2007
  16 Memos & Reports - President's Notes, 2007-2011
  17 Speeches, 2006-2008
  18 Trip - La Universidad Autonoma del Esado de Hidalgo, 2011