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New York State Governor's Press Office Transcripts of Press Conferences

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 transcripts of weekly and special press conferences document the governor's efforts to inform the press and public of state government policy on critical issues such issues as energy; drug abuse; economics; environment; crime and law enforcement; local, state, and national elections; abortion; taxes; death penalty; and gun control. The series also includes biographical material on Governor Carey, as well as briefing material used by Governor Harriman in preparation for press conferences.
Creator:
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Quantity:
4.5 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
1956-1957, 1975-1982
Series Number:
13705

Arrangement

Chronological by date of press conference.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of original and photocopied typed transcripts made from audio cassettes of the governor's press conferences found in series 13700, Audio and Video Tapes. Press conferences were held weekly and on special or important occasions to inform the press and public of state government policy on critical issues.

All aspects of New York State government and politics were covered, including such issues as: energy; drug abuse; economics; environment; crime and law enforcement; local, state and national elections; abortion; taxes; death penalty; and gun control.

The series also includes a small amount of biographical material on Governor Hugh Carey and copies of his messages to the legislature in 1976, 1977, and 1978.

13705-11: This accretion consists of typewritten transcripts of Governor W. Averell Harriman's press conferences, as well as memoranda, reports, and press releases used to brief the Governor in preparation for the conferences. Prior to December 1956, there are no transcripts but instead briefing material and press releases containing statements released at the hearings. Starting in December 1956, only the transcripts of the hearings are included.

Use of Records

Access Restrictions

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

Related Information

Related Materials

Series 13700 Audio and Video Tapes of the Governor, contains related records.

Custodial History

13705-11: This accretion was a gift to Syracuse University from Governor Harriman in 1959, and was later transferred to the New York State Archives in 2006. It was accessioned in February 2011.

Detailed Description

Dates Contents Box

Accretion: 13705-11
1956-1957 Transcripts of Press Conferences 1

Accretion: 13705-82
1975 February-1978 June Transcripts of Press Conferences 1
1978 July-1980 December Transcripts of Press Conferences 2
1981 January-December Transcripts of Press Conferences 3
1982 January-December Transcripts of Press Conferences; Carey Biographical Material; Messages to the Legislature (1976-1978 only) 4