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New York State Governor's Speech Files

Held by the New York State Archives


Overview of the Records

Repository:

New York State Archives

New York State Education Department

Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230

Summary:
These files contain drafts, final versions, and summaries of the governor’s speeches, dedications, remarks, and testimonies. Also included are notes; corrections; schedules of events; background materials; and press releases. The speeches address issues such as economics; housing; banking; trade; health and nutrition; energy; mass transit; the Cold War; Love Canal; 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid; and 1980 Democratic National Convention in New York City.
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Quantity:
62 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
1950-1959, 1975-1982
Series Number:
13704

Arrangement

Chronological by date of speech.

13704-18: By subject matter.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of drafts, final versions, and summaries of speeches given by the Governor. Included are press releases containing excerpts of remarks, testimonies, and speeches made by the Governor. Addresses ranged from ceremonial remarks made at commencement exercises or building dedications, to testimonies delivered before U.S. Senate subcommittees, to annual and special messages delivered to the state legislature.

The speeches cover numerous facets of New York State government and politics, including such issues as: economics; housing; banking, trade, and commerce; health and nutrition; energy; mass transit; Love Canal toxic waste site; 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid; and 1980 Democratic National Convention in New York City.

13704-82: This accretion contains speeches of Governor Hugh L. Carey, with a few addresses made by his wife, Evangeline Gouletas, interfiled. Many of the addresses in this accretion were recorded on audio cassettes which are part of series 13700, Audio and Video Tapes.

13704-07: This accretion consists of Governor W. Averell Harriman's speech files. The first part of this accretion contains Governor Harriman's copies of his speech files and the second part contains the Governor's speech files maintained by Assistant Secretary James Sundquist. Both files contain the copies of the speeches, some with special notes and corrections; schedules of events; briefing and background materials including memorandums, pamphlets, and booklets; and drafts and final copies of the speeches, public statements, pronouncements, messages, and testimonies.

The Governor's copies of speeches contain more notes, correspondence, news clippings, and event programs. The Assistant Secretary's copies contain more press releases, schedules leading up to the speeches, and some speeches and events not contained within the Governor's copies.

13704-18: This accretion consists of messages and speeches from Governor Harriman in the form of press releases and excerpts. James Sundquist and Robert L. McManus were responsible for maintaining Harriman's ties with Democratic party leaders and assisting in the preparation of speeches. Topics of note include agriculture in the United States; foreign policy relating to the Soviet Union; and infrastructure, including highways and the Long Island Rail Road.

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions regarding access to or use of this material.

Custodial History

13704-07: This accretion was transferred to Syracuse University in 1959 by Governor Harriman. It was later transferred to the New York State Archives in 2006 and accessioned in October 2007.

13704-18: This accretion was transferred to Syracuse University in 1959 by Governor Harriman. It was later transferred to the New York State Archives in 2006 and accessioned in October 2018.

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Detailed Description

Dates Contents Box

Accretion: 13704-07
1953 January-June Governor’s Speech Files 1
1953 July-1954 February Governor’s Speech Files 2
1954 March-July Governor’s Speech Files 3
1954 August-1955 January Governor’s Speech Files 4
1955 February-May 18 Governor’s Speech Files 5
1955 May 19-June 30 Governor’s Speech Files 6
1955 August-October 14 Governor’s Speech Files 7
1955 October 18-December 6 Governor’s Speech Files 8
1955 December 10-1956 March 7 Governor’s Speech Files 9
1956 March 11-May 11 Governor’s Speech Files 10
1956 May 12-August 25 Governor’s Speech Files 11
1956 September 1-October 30 Governor’s Speech Files 12
1956 November 1-1957 January 31 Governor’s Speech Files 13
1957 February 1-March 21 Governor’s Speech Files 14
1957 April 1-May 31 Governor’s Speech Files 15
1957 June 1-30 Governor’s Speech Files 16
1957 July 1-August 25 Governor’s Speech Files 17
1957 September 1-30 Governor’s Speech Files 18
1957 October 1-31 Governor’s Speech Files 19
1957 November 1-December 22 Governor’s Speech Files 20
1958 January 1-February 2 Governor’s Speech Files 21
1958 February 4-March 20 Governor’s Speech Files 22
1958 April 1-May 1 Governor’s Speech Files 23
1958 May 1-June 9 Governor’s Speech Files 24
1958 June 10-August 7 Governor’s Speech Files 25
1958 August 9-September 5 Governor’s Speech Files 26
1958 September 6-October 1 Governor’s Speech Files 27
1958 October 3-26 Governor’s Speech Files 28
1958 October 27-1959 May 1; Assistant Secretary’s Copies: 1950 September 19-1955 April 26 Governor’s Speech Files 29
Assistant Secretary’s Copies: 1955 May 5-1956 February 12 Governor’s Speech Files 30
Assistant Secretary’s Copies: 1956 March 4-September 28 Governor’s Speech Files 31
Assistant Secretary’s Copies: 1956 October 3-1957 March 9 Governor’s Speech Files 32
Assistant Secretary’s Copies: 1957 March 15-June 27 Governor’s Speech Files 33
Assistant Secretary’s Copies: 1957 June 29-October 28 Governor’s Speech Files 34
Assistant Secretary’s Copies: 1957 November 1-1958 February 27 Governor’s Speech Files 35
Assistant Secretary’s Copies: 1958 March 1-June 10 Governor’s Speech Files 36
Assistant Secretary’s Copies: 1958 June 11-September 9 Governor’s Speech Files 37
Assistant Secretary’s Copies: 1958 September 10-December 11 Governor’s Speech Files 38

Accretion: 13704-82
1975 January 8-April 30 Governor’s Speech Files 1
1975 May 1-July 12 Governor’s Speech Files 2
1975 July 24-November 19 Governor’s Speech Files 3
1975 November 20-1976 August 16 Governor’s Speech Files 4
1976 August 31-1977 October 5 Governor’s Speech Files 5
1977 October 6-1978 March 16 Governor’s Speech Files 6
1978 March 16-April 9 Governor’s Speech Files 7
1978 April 10-May 5 Governor’s Speech Files 8
1978 May 6-June 5 Governor’s Speech Files 9
1978 June 5-22 Governor’s Speech Files 10
1978 June 23-July 11 Governor’s Speech Files 11
1978 July 11-August 17 Governor’s Speech Files 12
1978 August 20-October 13 Governor’s Speech Files 13
1978 October 14-1979 January 1 Governor’s Speech Files 14
1979 January 2-March 27 Governor’s Speech Files 15
1979 March 27-May 15 Governor’s Speech Files 16
1979 May 16-December 21 Governor’s Speech Files 17
1980 January 9-August 21 Governor’s Speech Files 18
1980 August 25-1981 February 5 Governor’s Speech Files 19
1981 February 6-July 22 Governor’s Speech Files 20
1981 July 22-1982 January 11 Governor’s Speech Files 21
1982 January 13-July 20 Governor’s Speech Files 22
1982 July 20-December 31; State of the State Messages 1975-1977 Governor’s Speech Files 23
State of the State Messages 1978-1981 Governor’s Speech Files 24