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Syracuse University Charters and Bylaws Collection

An inventory of the collection at the Syracuse University Archives


Creator: Syracuse University.
Title: Syracuse University Charters and Bylaws Collection
Dates: 1871-2007
Size: 3 boxes (3 linear feet)
Abstract: Charters, by-laws, and amendments for Syracuse University
Language: English
Repository: University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave., Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Historical Note

Syracuse University was founded on March 24, 1870, when its Board of Trustees signed the University charter and certificate of incorporation, acting on a proposal put forth earlier that year at the Methodist State Convention. Despite its modest beginnings, the story of Syracuse University has been one of remarkable growth and progress. The University’s population has expanded from a few dozen local students to over 21,000 students from all over the world. Significant eras of development in campus building and academic programs included the late nineteenth to early twentieth centuries and the post-World War II years. The second half of the twentieth century saw the University transform into a modern research institution with international connections.

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Scope and Content Note

The Syracuse University Charters and Bylaws Collection collection comprises the Syracuse University by-laws and charters, including amendments. Some decorative versions of amendments are included. The materials range in date from 1871 to 2007.

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Access Restrictions

Please note that the collection is housed off-site, and advance notice is required to allow time to have the materials brought to the Reading Room on campus.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from the Syracuse University Archives and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

The Archives has a clippings file on charters and bylaws.

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Selected Search Terms


Pataki, George E., 1945-
Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University.


Universities and colleges – United States – Administration.
Higher education.

Types of material


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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Syracuse University Charters and Bylaws Collection,
University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

There is no information about acquisition.

Processing Information

Materials were rehoused in archival folders and boxes.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Erin Gravley
Date: 2018
Revision history: 2019 - Materials added to collection (NP)

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The materials are arranged alphabetically.

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Box 3 Amendments 1946-1947 1966
Box 1 Amendments - photographs 1954-1960
Box 1 Amendments - proposed undated
Box 1 An act to amend the charter 1906
Box 1 Charters and bylaws 1871-1969 (20 folders)
Box 2 Charters and bylaws 1970-1994, 2003-2007 (14 folders)
Box 3 Commemorative amendment to chapter 414, signed by Governor George Pataki 1995
Box 2 Historical and statistical record of the university of the state of New York 1885
Box 2 Purposes and objectives 1956
Box 3 The University of the state of New York, education department, amendment to charter of Syracuse University September 1963

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