A Journey Through Time:
Looking Back at UAlbany’s 175 Years

black and white photo of students studying in Hawley Library in 1940
Students gather to study at the Hawley Library in 1940.
Student smiles as she studies in UAlbany science library in 2017
In 2017, students work at the Science Library on the uptown campus.

At its start 175 years ago, the New York State Normal School embraced a noble mission: to educate the men and women who would teach the children of a young nation.

From those solid roots as a training ground for teachers, the school evolved into a great public research university. Today, UAlbany still keeps the promise made in 1844 – to provide an outstanding education to those “who aspire to do great things.”

This special publication of UAlbany magazine pays tribute to the University’s 175 years of history: to its outstanding people and to its educational, research, and social advances, which have drawn national and international acclaim. The Fall 2019 issue will also include some highlights of UAlbany’s status as a unique, spirited, and collegial place.

Join us in proudly reflecting upon the University’s past as we embark together toward UAlbany’s future.