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Subseries 1: New York State Commissioner of Education records

Dates:
1943-1995
Physical Description:
8.5 cubic feet of textual records

Scope and Content Note:

This subseries consists of materials from Gordon Ambach’s tenure in the New York State Education Department, including the period between 1977 and 1987 in which he was New York Commissioner of Education and President of the University of the State of New York. Included are correspondence, publications, reports, texts of speeches delivered by Ambach at colleges and universities, educational conferences, and other events. Also included are correspondence and publications from the New York Board of Regents on joint initiatives and the creation of the Regents Action Plan to ensure the quality and relevance of exams. There are further subseries devoted to specific issues and events in Ambach’s tenure, including the desegregation of Yonkers public schools and other New York school systems, the creation of the Harvard Seminar on Equality of Educational Opportunity, and the passage of key federal legislation related to education.

Arrangement:

Arranged into five subseries: 1. Records of Speeches and Meetings; 2. New York State Board of Regents; 3. Records of Yonkers Board of Education and Other Desegregation Cases in New York; 4. Harvard Seminar on Equality of Educational Opportunity Report (SEEOR) Records; 5. Federal Legislation of the U.S. Office of Education Records

Subseries : Records of speeches and meetings

Dates:
1962-1984
Physical Description:
3.0 cubic feet of textual records

Scope and Content Note:

This subseries consists of speeches, drafts, correspondence, memos, and background information relating to speeches given by Gordon Ambach and meetings he attended during his tenure in the New York State Education Department, including the period between 1977 and 1987 in which he was New York Commissioner of Education and President of the University of the State of New York. Speeches were given at colleges and universities, educational conferences, state events, and religious organizations, among others. Ambach attended meetings almost exclusively on educational topics, and spoke or contributed at most of these.

Arrangement:

Roughly in reverse chronological order
Dates Contents Box Folder
1986 September 19 Statement of GMA Presented at the Hispanic Heritage Week Conference, Albany 1 1
1984 September 23-24 Annual Meeting- NYS Council of School Superintendents 1 2
1984 September 22 Convocation for 104th Anniversary of School of Education at SUNY Albany 1 3
1984 September 14 Speech, Senator LaValle’s College: School Partnership Conference 1 4
1984 September 13 Albany Rotary Club, Thruway House: Speech on Raising Education Standards in New York 1 5
1984 September 8 Institute for New School Board Members, Speech: Our Partnership in Education 1 6
1984 September 6 Employee Recognition Day 1 7
1984 July 8 National Conference on Instructional Technologies 1 8
1984 June 15 Speech, Menands Rotary Club 1 9
1984 June 12 SED Symposium, Women in the Workplace 1 10
1984 June 11-12 National Conference on Vocational and Special Education 1 11
1984 June 1 Imagination Celebration 1 12
1984 May 17 Legislative Advisory Committee to Assemblyman Burrows-Tuckahoe 1 13
1984 May 15 NYS Education Forum Conference “The Electronic Classroom” 2 1
1984 May 10 20th Anniversary, College for Human Services, New York City, Speech 2 2
1984 May 7 Training Seminar, Project on Excellence and Equity, Speech 2 3
1984 April 29 West Side Conference, Columbia University (Assemblyman Leichter), Speech 2 4
1984 April 28 Speech, Annual Meeting of Education Writers of America 2 5
1984 April 23 Gilligan Conference, Emma Willard Study of Adolescent Girls 2 6
1984 March 29 New England Educational Leadership Forum 2 7
1984 March 29 Speech, Local Administrators of Occupational Education 2 8
1984 March 16 New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Representative Assembly 2 9
1984 March 2 Speech, City Club of New York 2 10
1984 March 1 AVE Conference 2 11
1984 February 14 Fourth Technology Fair, Speech 2 12
1984 February 10 Conference on Bilingual Education, Speech 2 13
1984 February 10 Teachers College, Columbia University, NYC: Panel on National Reports 2 14
1984 January 30 Speech, NYS School Superintendents Mid-Winter Conference 2 15
1984 January 26 Speech, NY Association for Learning Disabled 2 16
1984 January 20 Speech, Bard College 2 17
1983 November 16 School, Community Partnership Day, NYC 2 18
1983 November 15 Speech, School Division, Association of American Publishers 3 1
1983 November 15 Conference for New School Administrators, Speech 3 2
1983 November 14 Installation Ceremonies, Albany Medical Center, Speech 3 3
1983 November 6-7 Conference on Education for Civic Values, Speech 3 4
1983 November 4 Speech, Confederated Organizations for Teacher Education (COTE) 3 5
1983 October 31 Urban Principals Conference, Speech 3 6
1983 October 18 Speech, Annual Meeting, University Hill Corporation 3 7
1983 October 17 Speech, Men’s Group Luncheon 3 8
1983 October 14 NYS School Boards Association Convention, Speech 3 9
1983 October 12 Annual Conference, Continuing Education Association, Speech 3 10
1983 October 10 Dedication Ceremony, Long Island College Hospital, Speech 3 11
1983 October 4 Coalition on Critical Health Issues, Speech 3 12
1983 October 3 Catholic School Administrators Association Meeting, Speech 3 13
1983 October 2-3 Fall Conference, NYS Council of School Superintendents, Speech 3 14
1983 September 26 Financing Excellence and Equity in Education, Speech 3 15
1983 September 14 Speech, NYS Congress of School Administrator Organizations 3 16
1983 September 10 New School Board Members Institute 3 17
1983 September 7 Employee Recognition Day, Speech 3 18
1983 September 7 Working Seminar 3 19
1983 May 25 Speech, Nassau County Association of Chief School Administrators 4 1
1983 May 23 Teaching Writing Through Technology Conference, Speech 4 2
1983 May 15 Speech, B’nai B’rith, Sons of Italy Breakfast Meeting 4 3
1983 May 12 New York State Education Forum 4 4
1983 May 10 Scotia Rotary Club, Speech 4 5
1983 May 4 Speech, Empire State Organization of Youth Employment Services 4 6
1983 April 24 Speech, Conference of NYS Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development 4 7
1983 April 16 New York State School Boards- BOCES Conference, Speech 4 8
1983 April 10 150th Anniversary of New Paltz College, Speech 4 9
1983 April 8 Speech, SUNY Distinguished Faculty 4 10
1983 April 1, April 17 Eulogy & Celebration Service 4 11
Items Re Harvey, Photos of Ambach with Staff 4 12
1983 March 25 Schoharie County Superintendents Conference Day, Speech 4 13
1983 March 18 Speech- New York Press Association 4 14
1983 February 19 Human Services Workshop, Black and Puerto Rican Caucus Annual Meeting 4 15
1983 January 24 Speech, Mid-Winter Conference of School Superintendents 5 1
1979 Miscellaneous Speeches 5 2
1983 Public Letters to the Commissioner [1 of 2] 5 3
1983 Public Letters to the Commissioner [2 of 2] 5 4
1972 Bonnie Pruden, “Fitness from Six to Twelve” 5 5
1979-1982 Children’s Fitness Publication and Background on Author 5 6
1984 November 10-13 CCSSO- 1984 Annual Meeting, Delaware (Assessment & Evaluation Program) 5 7
1984 CCSSO, Policy and Priorities Committee, 1984 Annual Meeting [1 of 2] 5 8
1984 CCSSO, Policy and Priorities Committee, 1984 Annual Meeting [2 of 2] 6 1
1984 CCSSO, GMA Items for Bill Pierce 6 2
1984 CCSSO Annual Meeting: Assessment and Evaluation of Elementary and Secondary Education in the United States 6 3
1976 Personal: Associated Harvard Alumni, Continuing Education Committee [1 of 2] 6 4
1976 Personal: Associated Harvard Alumni, Continuing Education Committee [2 of 2] 6 5
1967 Changes in Regents Procedures 6 6
1967 Changes in Regents Procedures: The New York State Education Department 1900-65 6 7
1967 Changes in Regents Procedures: Education and the 1967 Constitutional Convention 6 8
1967 Changes in Regents Procedures: Publications on Education issues before NY State Constitutional Convention 6 9
1962 October 25 Changes in Regents Procedures: Proposed Reorganization of the New York State Education Department 6 10

Accretion: B1829-08
1973 July 13-15 Ditchley Foundation Conference on Education and Youth Problems 1 1

Subseries : Records of New York State Board of Regents

Dates:
1977-1991
Physical Description:
1 cubic foot of textual records

Scope and Content Note:

This subseries consists of pamphlets, catalogs, drafts of reports, publications, and correspondence illustrating the relationship between the New York Board of Regents and Gordon Ambach as the New York Commissioner of Education. It includes information about several joint initiatives, including new certification requirements for elementary and secondary school teachers to begin in 1993, reports on the status of New York schools for the governor and legislature, and the documentation of the Regents Action Plan to ensure the quality and relevance of exams.

Arrangement:

Unarranged
Dates Contents Box Folder
1977-1985 Regents Program Directions 7 1
1989 New Teacher Certification Requirements 7 2
1991 Touchstone Applied Science Associates, Inc. Catalogs 7 3
1988 September Journal of NYS School Boards Association, Inc. 7 4
1989 Regents Action Plan on Certification Implementation 7 5
1990 October 26 NY Statewide Profile of the Educational System, Draft 7 6
1990 February Evaluation of the Implementation of the Regents Action Plan, Fourth Annual Report 7 7
1966 Education and the 1967 Constitutional Convention, Analysis 7 8
2001 Federal Legislation and Education in New York State 7 9
1983-1984 Regents Action Papers 7 10
1983 December 7 Regents Proposed Action Plan to Improve Elementary and Secondary Education Results in New York 7 11
1970-1986 Major Recommendations of the Regents for Legislative Action [1 of 5] 8 1
1970-1986 Major Recommendations of the Regents for Legislative Action [2 of 5] 8 2
1970-1986 Major Recommendations of the Regents for Legislative Action [3 of 5] 8 3
1970-1986 Major Recommendations of the Regents for Legislative Action [4 of 5] 8 4
1970-1986 Major Recommendations of the Regents for Legislative Action [5 of 5] 8 5

Subseries : Records of Yonkers Board of Education and other desegregation cases in New York

Dates:
1970-1995
Physical Description:
2 cubic feet of textual records

Scope and Content Note:

The records in this subseries, 1960-1995, consist primarily of correspondence of the Commissioner of Education with the Superintendent of the Yonkers schools, members of the Board of Regents and others. Also included are court depositions of the Commissioner, reports and transcripts of court cases related to the Yonkers schools, papers related to desegregation of schools in Buffalo, Rochester, Rockville Center and Syracuse, statements of the Regents on integration of the schools, and a chronology of desegregation activities in New York State.

Arrangement:

Unarranged.
Dates Contents Box Folder
1990-1995 Yonkers Case (GMA- Commissioner NY State), Official Transcript of Proceedings [1 of 3] 9 1
1990-1995 Yonkers Case (GMA- Commissioner NY State), Official Transcript of Proceedings [2 of 3] 9 2
1990-1995 Yonkers Case (GMA- Commissioner NY State), Official Transcript of Proceedings [3 of 3] 9 3
1994 April 12-May 12 Correspondence, Official Statements and Reports, and Ambach Deposition on Yonkers Case 9 4
1980 Department of Justice’s Conclusions on Yonkers Case 9 5
1981-1985 Correspondence on Magnet School Proposal and Possible School Shutdown 9 6
1969-1981 Ambach Deposition Exhibits 9 7
1969-1974 Reviews, Papers, and Statements on Racial Integration 10 1
1975-1980 Efforts of Education Department in Desegregation 10 2
1968-1977 Ambach’s Views on How SED Should Proceed with Integration 10 3
1970 Executive Deputy Commissioner Ambach’s Responsibilities 10 4
1975 Counsel Stone’s Recommendation to the Commissioner to Issue an Integration Order in the Rochester School District 10 5
1983 SED Intervention and Review of Yonkers Athletic Program Following the Death of a Student 10 6
1976-1977 Authority Questions, Board of Regents and Commissioner of Education 10 7
1984 SED Interaction with Yonkers About Threatened School Closing 10 8
1977-1981 SED Communications with Yonkers 10 9
1980-1985 SED Interaction with Yonkers on Racial Balance Issues Under Commissioner Ambach 10 10
1971-1974 Commissioner Ewald Nyquist’s Views on How SED Should Proceed with Desegregation, Including “Master Plan” 10 11
1985 SED Funding for Desegregation Under Commissioner Ambach 10 12
1976-1981 Correspondence on the Buffalo School Desegregation Case 10 13
1983-1984 Interscholastic Athletics, Requirements from SED 10 14
1981 September 15 Report on Federal Activities Affecting Education in NY State 10 15
1982 February The Impact on Yonkers Public Schools of Reduced State and Federal Support for Education, Report to NYS Education Department 11 1
1970-1981 Major Recommendations of the Regents for Legislative Action 11 2
1970-1980 Correspondence on Integration Plans of Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo, and NYC 11 3
1983-1984 Correspondence on Yonkers Magnet School Program and Rockville Center Union Free School’s Transportation Issues 11 4
1960-1975 Regents Integration Statements 11 5
1990 April 25 Ambach’s Deposition Before U.S. District Court [1 of 2] 11 6
1990 April 25 Ambach’s Deposition Before U.S. District Court [2 of 2] 11 7
1972-1973 Correspondence and Articles on Rockville Center School District’s Desegregation Issues 11 8
1965-1980 Chronology of Desegregation Activities in Various Districts Across NY State 12 1
1982 School District Segregation Reports 12 2
1988 November 10 Examination Prior to Trial of Kenneth Clark Before U.S. District Court on Yonkers case 12 3
1976 November 17-19 Journal of a meeting of the Board of Regents, November 17-19, 1976 12 4
1981 Vasbinder Case, Bob Stone, Counsel 12 5
1980 Yonkers Public Schools, Reports and Statistics 12 6

Subseries : Harvard Seminar on Equality of Educational Opportunity Report (SEEOR) records

Dates:
1967-1968
Physical Description:
1 cubic foot of textual records

Scope and Content Note:

The subseries includes a Ambach’s personal copy of the Coleman Report with a few annotations; a memo to Ambach and others from James E. Allen, Commissioner of Education, concerning the reorganization of the Office of Education; update memos to the Seminar participants about progress of the report of the Seminar, 1967-68; a list of the participants in the Seminar; proposals for the funding of the Seminar’s work; drafts of chapters for the 1972 report; newspaper and journal articles on segregation and educational opportunity; reports by participants in the Seminar; Notebook of the Harvard Seminar, including meeting notes, points of discussion at meetings, statements about the Coleman report, a memo from Moynihan and Pettigrew to Sizer requesting establishment of the Seminar; reports of the data analysis, particularly for ninth grade students in the Northeast, and the Code Book with questions for the students and master tape location.

Arrangement:

Unarranged
Dates Contents Box Folder
1966 Equality of Educational Opportunity Report, Published 13 1
1969 Notes and Correspondence About the Equality of Educational Opportunity Report. 13 2
1967-1968 Ambach Equality of Educational Opportunity Survey, Personal 13 3
1966 Ambach Harvard SEEOR Material, References “R” 13 4
1966-1967 SEEOR, Introduction and Notes “N” [1 of 3] 13 5
1966-1967 SEEOR, Introduction and Notes “N” [2 of 3] 13 6
1966-1967 SEEOR, Introduction and Notes “N” [3 of 3] 13 7
1966-1967 Data Analysis Tables “DA” [1 of 3] 14 1
1966-1967 Data Analysis Tables “DA” [2 of 3] 14 2
1966-1967 Data Analysis Tables “DA” [3 of 3] 14 3
1966-1967 Reports to be Made to Congress 14 4

Subseries : Federal legislation of the U.S. Office of Education records

Dates:
1943-1985
Physical Description:
1.5 cubic feet of textual records

Scope and Content Note:

This subseries is comprised of federal records of the U.S. Office of Education concerning legislation, primarily from 1961-1973, and the relationship of the office of the NYS Commissioner of Education to their shaping and passage. Records include legislative bills with comments by Gordon Ambach and others, summaries of federal education budgets and their impact, correspondence, notes, and reports. Of note is material from the Britain-based Ditchley Journal from 1973 detailing findings from Ditchley Conferences V and VI of that year, devoted to the study of education and youth problems, and from the collaborative work of the Education Policy Research Center. The creation and passage of both the Vocational Education Act (1917) and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (1965) is documented.

Arrangement:

Unarranged
Dates Contents Box Folder
1969 January Redeployment of Federal Government Supergrades 15 1
1917-1965 Legislative Activity on Education (Reports on) [1 of 4] 15 2
1917-1965 Legislative Activity on Education (Reports on) [2 of 4] 15 3
1917-1965 Legislative Activity on Education (Reports on) [3 of 4] 15 4
1917-1965 Legislative Activity on Education (Reports on) [4 of 4] 15 5
1943-1962 Major Federal Aid to Education Bills 15 6
1957 June 27 Adverse Effects of Federal Aid to States for Education 15 7
1965 The Office of Education and the Education Act 15 8
1971 Annual Report of the U.S. Commissioner of Education, Fiscal Year 1971 15 9
1950 October A Report on An Administrative Survey of the U.S. Office of Education of the Federal Security Agency 16 1
1961 April A Federal Education Agency for the Future, April 1961 16 2
1965-1969 Commissioner: Washington, President’s Task Force on Education 16 3
1968-1969 Guidance for Reorganization of Office of Assistant Secretary, Education and United States Office of Education 16 4
1969 April 15 Commissioner: Washington Education Budget 16 5
1969 Commissioner: Washington Legislative Program 16 6
1973 The Ditchley Journal [1 of 5] 16 7
1973 The Ditchley Journal [2 of 5] 16 8
1973 The Ditchley Journal [3 of 5] 16 9
1973 The Ditchley Journal [4 of 5] 16 10
1973 The Ditchley Journal [5 of 5] 16 11
1966 December Major Recommendations of the State Board of Regents for Legislative Action 16 12
1964 April 15 Catalog of Federal Aids to State and Local Governments 16 13
1963 The Federal Government and Education 17 1
1963 July A Directory of Federally Financed Student Loans, Fellowships and Career Training Programs in the Field of Higher Education in the U.S. 17 2
1965 May 20 Student Assistance Handbook 17 3
1964 January 7 Reports to be Made to Congress on Areas of Federal Education 17 4
1975-1985 Federal Legislation and Education in New York State [1 of 3] 17 5
1975-1985 Federal Legislation and Education in New York State [2 of 3] 17 6
1975-1985 Federal Legislation and Education in New York State [3 of 3] 17 7
1981-1987 Federal Legislation and Education in New York State [1 of 3] 17 8
1981-1987 Federal Legislation and Education in New York State [2 of 3] 17 9
1981-1987 Federal Legislation and Education in New York State [3 of 3] 17 10