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New York State Office of General Services George A. Fuller Company Chronological Correspondence 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:
This series consists of yellow carbon copies of outgoing correspondence and inter-office memoranda authored by the George A. Fuller Company's manager of the Albany South Mall (Empire State Plaza) construction project. Correspondence and memoranda address every aspect of project management including work proposals and cost estimates, plans and specifications, contracts, subcontractors, work schedules, inspection of completed work, and fire and safety regulations.
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Quantity:
17 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
1966-1979
Series Number:
16211

Arrangement

Correspondence is arranged in reverse chronological order.

Administrative History

The George A. Fuller Company was founded by C. E. Clark and George A. Fuller, a Boston architect and engineer, in Chicago in 1882. The Fuller Company was one of the first true general contractors, completing high-rise and other large structures by coordinating the work of hundreds of men employed by multiple subcontractors. Fuller opened an office in New York in 1896 and began accepting contracts throughout the northeastern United States. In 1966, the New York State Office of General Services hired the Fuller Company to manage the Albany South Mall (Empire State Plaza) construction project and conduct most quality control inspections.

Scope and Content Note

This series consists of yellow carbon copies of outgoing correspondence and inter-office memoranda, authored predominantly by the George A. Fuller Company's manager of the Albany South Mall (Empire State Plaza) construction project. Some early correspondence and memoranda are authored by State Architect Charles S. Kawecki.

Most inter-office memoranda are addressed to the director of South Mall construction in the state Office of General Services. Memoranda address such issues as review of contracts; execution of contract change orders and proceed orders; work proposals from contractors; project schedules; updates on status of remedial work resulting from inspections undertaken by Fuller Company staff; and fire and safety inspections of completed structures or construction sites.

Most outgoing correspondence is authored on behalf of the director of South Mall construction in the state Office of General Services. The vast majority is addressed to contractors and pertains to subjects such as approval of subcontractors; payment for work completed; adherence to contract specifications; requests for contract change orders; review of work proposals, plans, and cost estimates; and onsite meetings of project managers and contractors.

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Detailed Description

Dates Contents Box

Accretion: 16211-90
1977 May 21-1976 June 10 Chronological Correspondence 1
1976 May 21-1975 September 10 Chronological Correspondence 2
1975 August 21-January 10 Chronological Correspondence 3
1974 December 21-June 10 Chronological Correspondence 4
1974 May 21-1973 November 20 Chronological Correspondence 5
1973 November 1-April 30 Chronological Correspondence 6
1973 April 11-1972 August 20 Chronological Correspondence 7
1972 August 1-January 10 Chronological Correspondence 8
1972 January-1971 June 10 Chronological Correspondence 9
1971 May 21-1970 October 31 Chronological Correspondence 10
1970 October 12-April 13 Chronological Correspondence 11
1970 February 20-1969 June Chronological Correspondence 12
1969 June-1968 July Chronological Correspondence 13
1968 June-1967 April Chronological Correspondence 14
1967 March-1966 May; 1968 November-1970 June Chronological Correspondence 15
1970 July-1971 November Chronological Correspondence 16

Accretion: 16211-90A
1977 June 1-1979 October 30 Chronological Correspondence 1