An Illustrated History of

The University at Albany

by Kendall Birr

Late Emeritus Professor of History

  In the 1985 film "Back to the Future," Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox zoom into the past in a customized DeLorean to enter the world of Fox's parents' teenage years. Let's imitate their adventure by going "back to the future" to examine Albany's development.



The University Era, 1962--

The College for Teachers, 1914-1962

A Period of Transition, 1890-1914

The Normal School, 1844-1890

For more information:

See A Tradition of Excellence: The Sesquicentennial History of the University at Albany, State University of New York, 1844 to 1994, by Kendall A. Birr. Virginia Beach: The Donning Company/Publishers, 1994. (Available at the University at Albany Book Store.)

Contact the University Archives, Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Library, ULB 49.


All photos not otherwise credited are from the University Archives. Geoffrey Williams, University Archivist, provided generous assistance.

The captions for the illustrations include material taken directly from A Tradition of Excellence, cited above. Used by permission of the publisher.

Background by Gini Schmitz.

Produced by Thad Mirer, February 1996.

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