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George Takei and Walter Koenig Visit U.B.

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George Takei and Walter Koenig were the featured guests of Star Trek: The Weekend at UB.

Events included screenings of Star Trek TV episodes, the feature film The Wrath of Khan, a masquerade competition and a special presentation by the guest stars Takei (Hikaru Sulu) and Koenig (Pavel Chekov).

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The pair discussed their own projects and ideas, tantalized the audience with a preview of the Star Trek III – The Search for Spock movie and field questions about themselves and Star Trek.

See all the U.B. Star Trek material, a part of the Prominent Visitors to Buffalo digital collection.


Get Yer UB Bulls programs!

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by Joseph Patton, DLIS graduate student

After their legendary 1958 season with the winning of the Lambert Cup, the UB Bulls football program continued to challenge itself and raise its own reputation within the collegiate football community.  The Cup win granted the team a certain amount of prestige and Buffalo started to challenge known big contenders during their seasons.  The Bulls played schools like Boston College, V.M.I., Temple, Army, Villanova, and Bucknell.  Though like any team they had their good and bad seasons, UB was able to hold their own against some tough opponents.  The late 50s and early 60s under the coaching of Dick Offenhamer is considered one of the high points in the program by many with some impressive wins and successful seasons.

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Along with the team victories, there was greater attention paid to the program by the student body and faculty alike.  Some of this increase is visible in the documentation of the era.  The 1961 season was not the most successful the Bulls had seen, but you wouldn’t know that from the game programs.  Illustrated by Kevin Weil, each program cover was unique for each game.  Dressed in his Western attire the UB Bull successfully thrashes his opponents with almost no effort.  Of note on the cover of the UB/Temple program is the autograph of famous funny man Bill Cosby who played for Temple in the game.  Be sure to look into the pieces as well for some wonderful 60s era photos and advertisements too.

*This post is part of an occasional series written by University Archives graduate assistants.  To prepare students for careers in Special Collections, our graduate assistants survey, process, and describe archival collections, digitize items for online use, and provide reference service to patrons.  These posts allow our students to share their experience and impressions of working with primary source material in the Archives.

George E. Starbuck and the Feinberg Law

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Fifty years ago this academic year, U.B. library employee and noted poet George E. Starbuck began, with others, a long legal battle against the New York State “Feinberg Law” of 1949 that ultimately led to the Keyishian v. Board of Regents case and a Supreme Court ruling against the law in 1967. See the Finding Aid for the Richard Lipsitz Papers, 1964-1967 for more information.

The article below first appeared in the UB Spectrum on February 14, 1964.


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Court Grants Injunction To George E. Starbuck

By NANCY LAURIEN

Mr. George E. Starbuck, noted poet, instructor of English and member of the UB library administration since October 1, 1963 is confronted with the possibility of dismissal from his position and ousting from the State University system because he chose to respond to one question on a Civil Service employment form with his own query rather than the customary “yes” or “no”.

The question is worded as follows: “Have you ever advised or taught, or were you ever a member of any society or group of persons which taught or advocated the doctrine that the Government of the United States or any political subdivisions thereof should be overthrown or overturned by force, violence, or any unlawful means?” It is part of the questionnaire administered, theoretically, to all state employees (although investigation by Mr. Starbuck has indicated that SOME not ALL new employees of UB hired since the state takeover have been requested to do so.) and is accepted as a legal matter of form in the hiring process, despite the fact that research by Mr. Starbuck and his lawyer, Mr. Richard Lipsitz, have failed to uncover any reference to the same in the state laws, codes or ordinances. Completion and acceptance of the form has also been thought to be a condition for employment, while, in fact, Mr. Starbuck has been on contract since last fall.

The poet’s answer to the question above entailed the following ideas: “I prefer not to answer, at least until the pertinence and necessity of such a question are properly explained to me.” The expected reaction of the university was a call for a hearing as guaranteed by the rules of the Board of Regents and Board of Trustees of the State University.

Instead, however, he was notified by the university of his dismissal as of Feb. 7, 1964. Mr. Starbuck appealed to Federal Court, where Judge John O. Henderson and the court issued a temporary restraining order preventing the state from firing him, and postponing the hearing and decision until March 2.

“The issue concerned, as in the Feinberg case, is not whether or not a faculty member has Communist or Fascist leanings, but to what extent our Constitutional right to free discussion and opinion can be abridged without its being part of our political system in name only,” stated a campus official.

Mr. Starbuck as the plaintiff in the impending case, charges, in reference to the Civil Service form question the words “advised” was vague, and “ever” questioned “beyond the right of legitimate inquiry.” Defendants in the case have been listed as The Board of Regents of the State university, the Board of Trustees of U.B., President Clifford C. Furnas and J.L. Murray, head of the State University system. The plaintiff has also charged violation of the First and Fourteenth Constitutional Amendments as well as a a breach of contract.

A recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, and an American Academy of Arts and Letters grant in recognition of his outstanding writing, Mr. Starbuck is well known in literary circles.

UB Spectrum, February 14, 1964

Building Histories of the University at Buffalo

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by Joseph Patton, DLIS graduate student

Historypin is an interactive online database where participants can post photographs or other images of architectural and cultural significance.  Now utilized by libraries, archives, and individuals throughout the world, this program allows for the sharing of historical images that may otherwise have been difficult or impossible to view.  Additionally, those posting may include the date and image description within the information provided and give viewers greater historical information to explore.  These images are posted upon the world map in their original locations and in some cases there are even street-view functions that provide for a “then and now” look between the original photo and the existing modern landscape.

The University at Buffalo Libraries has previously utilized Historypin to upload a digital assortment of the Jan Bulhak Photographs within the Polish Collection.  Also available now is the Building Histories of the University at Buffalo collection where over thirty photographs have been posted of buildings from both the North and South campuses along with original photography dates from as far back as the 1920s.  Each building photograph contains a short history of the structure including its namesake and its current function at the University at Buffalo.  Worth noting are the various name changes that many of these buildings went through as the campuses expanded and new structures were erected with some buildings having up to three different names throughout their histories.

Please visit the University at Buffalo Libraries channel on Historypin and see the collections for yourself.

http://www.historypin.com/channels/view/49161/#!collections/all/

*This post is part of an occasional series written by University Archives graduate assistants.  To prepare students for careers in Special Collections, our graduate assistants survey, process, and describe archival collections, digitize items for online use, and provide reference service to patrons.  These posts allow our students to share their experience and impressions of working with primary source material in the Archives.