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Finding Aid for the Prison Master of Arts Program Records, 1979-1993 (1980-1989 bulk)

16/8/1014

State University of New York at Buffalo. University Archives


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Buffalo, New York 14260
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Finding aid prepared by State University of New York at Buffalo, American Studies Dept.
Finding aid encoded in EAD by Sheryl Saxby, May 2005.
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid prepared using local best practices.

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© 2005. State University of New York at Buffalo. All rights reserved.


Collection Overview

Title: Prison Master of Arts Program Records, 1979-1993
Creator: State University of New York at Buffalo. American Studies Dept.
Extent: 10 manuscript boxes(4.17 linear feet)
Language of Material: Collection material in English.
Repository: State University of New York at Buffalo. University Archives
Abstract: This collection contains the administrative records of the Department of American Studies' Prison Program. The Department of American Studies offered a Master of Arts degree program to incarcerated men at existed Auburn Correctional Facility and Wende Correctional Facility between 1980 and 1989.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Description and dates], Box/folder number, 16/8/1014, Prison Master of Arts Program Records, 1979-1993, University Archives, The State University of New York at Buffalo.

See the Archives' preferred citations instructions for additional information.

Acquisition Information

Accession 00-xxx, a group of materials from the main office of the Department of American Studies, was received by the Archives in May 2000. The materials pertaining to the Department’s Prison Master of Arts Program were separated and processed as 16/8/1014 in early 2005. As of June 2005 the remainder of accession 00-xxx remains unprocessed.

Terms of Access

The Department of American Studies Prison Master of Arts Program Records are open for research with the exception of student records (contained in boxes 5-10), which are restricted.

Copyright

University records are public records and once fully processed are generally open to research use. Access to student and personnel records is restricted for 80 years from the date of creation. See reference staff for details. No restrictions on access apply to published records. The restriction of university records is subject to compliance with applicable laws, including the Freedom of Information Act. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the archives' usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Processing Information

Processed by Karen Walton Morse with Sheryl Saxby, June 2005.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.


Historical Note

The State University of New York at Buffalo Department of American Studies began working with incarcerated students in 1979/1980. The impetus for the development of the program was the interest of one inmate in conducting graduate work. In September 1980, four men at the Auburn Correctional Facility (Auburn, New York) enrolled in a Master of Arts program offered by the Department.

As described by the program's coordinator, the Prison Masters Program was very individualized: The graduate program in American Studies at the [University at Buffalo] provides resources for graduate students to pursue independently designed research projects; no two student programs are exactly the same. Generally, however, the following course sequence--when agreed upon by student and faculty advisor--is common: 2 U.S. Studies courses, 2 Directed Reading and/or Directed Research courses, 2 subprogram or cognate courses, 2 Fieldwork (or 1 Fieldwork and 1 Teaching) courses. The coursework and project are usually completed within two years of full-time study, although less time than that is not unusual.(License to Henderson, July 8, 1981) The program proceeded for a number of years in an unofficial capacity at Auburn Correctional Facility. Department of American Studies faculty and staff volunteered their time to teach the students in the program, making the six-hour trip to Auburn once a week. The program was recognized, but not funded, by the University. The department perspective is clearly articulated in an article written by the program coordinator: "Our lack of financial resources early made us realize that we could either 'do it' (actually teach and offer the degree) or 'talk about it' to SUNY, SED, and DOCS officials to propose and become a program on paper; we chose to do the teaching, assuming that, once proved as a positive program for human renewal, the official approval would follow" (from "Prison Higher Education" by June Licence). In the mid-late 1980s, the NYS Department of Correction created a statewide graduate plan, which included an MA in Humanities "in the western part of the state". At that point, the department "took the opportunity for recognition and to move closer to Buffalo (Wende CF was a maximum-security facility 20 minutes from campus); we applied for funding to institutionalize/stabilize our program, which would now be a four-night-a-week operation with more curricular structure than the once/week program at Auburn" (Licence, "Prison Higher Education"). After the department failed to procure funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the program failed to take root in Wende Correctional Facility (Alden, New York), the program ended. In a letter dated xxx 1989, administrators of Wende Correctional Facility cut all ties with the Department of American Studies.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of the administrative records of the Prison Master of Arts Program administered by the State University of New York at Buffalo Department of American Studies. The program existed between 1980 and 1989, although some residual records exist through 1993. The collection contains materials on students in the program, courses offered, and program funding, as well as internal and external correspondence, information on the various correctional facilities with which that the program was affiliated, and other administrative files.


Arrangement

This collection is arranged in three broad series: I.General Administration, II.Prisons, and III.Students. Each series is arranged alphabetically.


Container List

I.     General Administration, 1979-1993

General Administration includes materials on the administration of the American Studies Prison Master of Arts Program. It includes correspondence, information on courses offered by the program, and materials related to grant applications prepared for submittal to the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as other general files.

I consists of a number of general files (arranged alphabetically) followed by four subseries, Correspondence, Courses, New York State Department of Corrections, and Grant.

General
Box-folder Contents
1.1
Arts and Letters Institute Proposal, 1990
1.2
Concrete Garden, 1987
1.3
Conferences in the Disciplines, 1981-1988
1.4
Forms, no date
1.5
Graduate Group on Prisoner Education and Learning, no date
1.6
PhD Students Working in Prison Program, 1990, no date
1.7
Prison Higher Education Book, 1993
1.8
Publicity, 1979-1993
1.9-1.10
Student Administration. 1980-1991

[Note: Restricted materials were removed to 5.1]

1.11
Student Survey, Mar-July 1986
1.12
SUNY Guidelines on Ex-offender Admissions, 1981
I.A    Correspondence, 1979-1992
The correspondence subseries is arranged chronologically with specific files following the general correspondence files.
Box-folder Contents
1.13-2.8
General, 1979-1992
[15 folders]
2.9
Letters of Support, 1983
I.B    Courses, 1981-1988, no date
This subseries is organized chronologically by course number. Unnumbered courses follow the numbered courses and are listed alphabetically.
Box-folder Contents
2.10
AMS 503-504 Course Materials, Spring 1981
2.11
AMS 507-508 Course Materials, 1981-1983
2.12
AMS 523 Course Materials, Fall 1986
2.13
AMS 545-546 Course Materials, no date
2.14
AMS 621-622 Course Materials, 1983
2.15
AMS 622 Teaching Evaluations, Spring 1988
2.16
Auburn Dispute Mediation Course, 1981
2.17
Auburn/Zanglein Directed Reading Course, no date
3.1
Cultural Analysis, 1987-1988
I.C    New York State Department of Corrections, 1980-1988, no date
Box-folder Contents
3.2
College Directory, 1984-1988
3.3
General Correspondence, 1980-1988
3.4
Directives, 1980-1986
3.5
Facility Program Classification Manual, Nov 1986
3.6
Unified College Guidelines, 1987, no date
I.D    Grant Applications to the National Endowment for Humanities, 1984-1986, no date
Box-folder Contents
3.7
Grant Application, Oct 1, 1984
3.8
Grant Application, Oct 1, 1985
3.9
Budget Information and Drafts, 1984-1985
3.10
Correspondence, Aug 1984-Feb 1986
3.11
General Information, 1984, no date
3.12
Preparation Notes, no date
3.13
Project Narrative, no date; refers to MA program at Wyoming CF
II.     Prisons

This series contains information about the Attica, Auburn, and Wende correctional facilities.

II, Prisons, is arranged alphabetically within three subseries. The subseries correspond to three different correctional facilities that hosted (or, in the case of Attica Correctional Facility, were supposed to host) the Prison Master of Arts Program. Within each subseries, files are arranged alphabetically.

II.A    Attica Correctional Facility
Box-folder Contents
4.1
Clippings, 1983
4.2
Consortium of the Niagara Frontier, 1990; contains information about consortium courses
4.3
Library, 1984
4.4
Program Information, 1984
II.B    Auburn Correctional Facility
Box-folder Contents
4.5
Administrative Notes, no date
4.6
The Auburn Collective Newspaper, 1983-1986; includes vol. 7 (no. 3-4), vol. 9 (no. 7), vol. 10 (no. 8), vol. 11 (no. 4, 6), and vol. 11 (no. 3)
4.7
Call Outs, 1985-1987
4.8
Contract Forms, 1984
4.9
1986 Convocation, 1985-1986
4.10
Library and Books Lists, 1980-1985, no date
4.11
Prison Information, 1985
4.12
Program Information and Curriculum, 1983, no date
4.13
Schedules, 1985
4.14
"Volunteer" versus "Visiting" Status, 1983-1984
II.C    Wende Correctional Facility
Box-folder Contents
4.15
Administrative Notes, 1988, no date; includes notes of Doris Frost (Medaille College coordinator) and her role in the program administration at Wende
4.16
Call Outs, 1987-1988
4.17
Evaluation, End of Fall 1987 Semester, Jan 1988
4.18
Materials Clearance Forms, Feb 16-Mar 31, 1988
4.19
Medaille College Program, 1986-1988, no date
4.20
Meetings, 1987
4.21
Prison Information, 1987-1988
4.22
Program Information and Curriculum, 1987-1988
4.23
Proposal Drafts, 1988
4.24
Sample Invitation and Deferment Letters, circa 1987
4.25
Transfers (Educational) to Wende, 1987; includes Change Notices
4.26
Visitors to Facility Forms, 1987-1988
4.27
Volunteer Registration Forms, 1988
4.28
Willhelm Library, 1987, no date
III.    Students files – Restricted

III, Student files, consists of files maintained by the department on individual students and potential students.

The Students series is arranged alphabetically by last name. Students who were known by two different names are listed under their most widely-used name. Cross references are included.

Box-folder Contents
5.2 Abdul-Latif, Abdallah Saud (Ward, Stanley) (74 A 3843); originally located in a set of files labeled "Prison Responses - No Current Action"

Restricted: Closed until 2070

Contents
Abdus-Sabr, Malik; see Walker, Brent
Box-folder Contents
5.3 Allah, Dahu IbnYusef

Restricted: Closed until 2070

5.4 Allen, James

Restricted: Closed until 2070

5.5 Arce, George

Restricted: Closed until 2070

5.6 Asselin, Richard P. (86 C 0677)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

5.7 Austin, Robert (82 C 116)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

5.8 Barna, James J. (77 B 0664)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

5.9 Barnes, Ray K. (78 A 3627)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

5.10 Barton, James Robert (82 C 320)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

5.11 Bateson, Paul (79 A 1383)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

5.12 Bolds, Jerome (78 A 3540); originally located in a set of files labeled "Potential Attica Students"

Restricted: Closed until 2070

5.13 Broadnax, David

Restricted: Closed until 2070

5.14 Chambers, Maureen

Restricted: Closed until 2070

5.15 Clark, David (80 C 0423); originally located in a set of files labeled "Prison Responses - No Current Action"

Restricted: Closed until 2070

5.16 Coleman, Jacob (ECHC)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

5.17 Collins, John R. (80 A 0543)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

5.18 Cook, Dennis M.

Restricted: Closed until 2070

5.19 Crawley, Calvin (80 A 4511)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

5.20 Culhane, Charles

Restricted: Closed until 2070

5.21 Cunningham, Richard (78 A 2374)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

5.22 Daprano, Louis (85 C 1050)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

5.23 Davidson, Ronald (76 A 1166)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

5.24 Davis, Randolph (77 A 1163); originally located in a set of files labeled "Prison Responses - No Current Action"

Restricted: Closed until 2070

5.25 Doyle, Michael (79 B 1779)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

5.26 Dozier, Eugene C.

Restricted: Closed until 2070

5.27 Elias, Felix (Flores, Felix)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

6.1 Elias, Louis (79 A 3988)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

6.2 Evans, Bill (81 A 5786)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

6.3 Farid, Mujahid (79 A 0362)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

6.4 Farley, John Wesley (80 A 4512); originally located in a set of files labeled "Prison Responses - No Current Action"

Restricted: Closed until 2070

6.5 Fuentes, Alan (78 B 1244); originally located in a set of files labeled "Prison Responses - No Current Action"

Restricted: Closed until 2070

6.6 Gadsen, Albert (74 A 3210); originally located in a set of files labeled "Prison Responses - No Current Action"

Restricted: Closed until 2070

6.7-6.8 Gaston, Kenneth (77 C 591)
[2 folders]

Restricted: Closed until 2070

6.9 Gladman, Edward T. (73 A 6281)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

6.10 Grant, Keith (81 A 0863); originally located in a set of files labeled "Potential Attica Students"

Restricted: Closed until 2070

6.11 Graves, Harry (79 A 3976)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

6.12 Griffiths, Brian J. (85 C 0150) [2 folders]

Restricted: Closed until 2070

6.13 Hale, Dennis W.

Restricted: Closed until 2070

Harris, Theo (85 C 163)
[3 folders]
Restricted: Closed until 2070
7.2
-- Plays: Jail Wise, A Play in Three Acts, copyright 1987

Restricted: Closed until 2070

7.3
-- Plays: Soul Food, An Inspirational Musical, copyright 1986

Restricted: Closed until 2070

7.4
-- Plays: Transylvania Truckin', A Monster Musical, copyright 1986

Restricted: Closed until 2070

7.5 Hemmers, John (75 A 4301)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

7.6 Herrera, Angel (79 A 0897)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

7.7-8.1 Herrin, Richard J. (78 A 2518)
[4 folders]

Restricted: Closed until 2070

8.2 Hicks, Tony (86 C 1272)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

8.3 Hildreth, Jeffrey E. (78 B 0148)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

8.4 Immediato, Carmine (83 A 3816); originally located in a set of files labeled "Potential Attica Students"

Restricted: Closed until 2070

8.5 Jenkins, Leon (76 A 3013); originally located in a set of files labeled "Prison Responses - No Current Action"

Restricted: Closed until 2070

8.6 Johnson, Kenneth James

Restricted: Closed until 2070

8.7 Kleason, Robert E. (83 C 763)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

8.8 Koffman, Ronald H (Wende)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

8.9-8.10 Lee, James (Jimmy) (76 C 0040)
[2 folders]

Restricted: Closed until 2070

8.11 Levy, Richard (83 A 4878)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

8.12-8.14 Lewis, Charles (83 A 2607)
[3 folders]

Restricted: Closed until 2070

8.15 Long, Alfred (85 D 0106)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

8.16 Lotze, Eric (79 B 0703); originally located in a set of files labeled "Prison Responses - No Current Action"

Restricted: Closed until 2070

8.17 Lyttle, William (76 D 147); originally located in a set of files labeled "Potential Attica Students"

Restricted: Closed until 2070

8.18 Mackey, Ernest (86 C 633)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

8.19 Maloney, Bernard Charles Jr. (88 B 1792)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.1 Marathon, Alexander M. (79 D 127)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.2 Massurin, Michael (73 B 374)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.3 Maxwell, Peter (74 B 1319); originally located in a set of files labeled "Prison Responses - No Current Action"

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.4 McCracken, Donald (81 D 118); originally located in a set of files labeled "Prison Responses - No Current Action"

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.5 McHugh, Robert (77 A 4332)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.6 McLaurin, Norris (83 A 7177); originally located in a set of files labeled "Prison Responses - No Current Action"

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.7 Medina, Albert (80 A 174)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.8 Melvin, Roy L.

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.9 Moll, Robert W.

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.10 Moore, James

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.11 Morin, Robert; originally located in a set of files labeled "Potential Attica Students"

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.12 Murray, David (81 A 2416)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.13 O'Connor, Edward L. (79 D 253)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.14 Otera, Rene

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.15 Page, Steven (75 A 0116)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.16 Paquette, Joseph M.; originally located in a set of files labeled "Potential Attica Students"

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.17 Pass, Michael (79 B 458)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.18 Patterson, Maurice (80 D 0071)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.19 Petty, Joseph (82 A 5580)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.20 Phillips, William R (75 A 322)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.21 Pierce, Stephen Dale

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.22 Pinn, Vernon circa (84 C 955); originally located in a set of files labeled "Prison Responses - No Current Action"

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.23 Pointer, Harold (78 C 531)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.24 Price, Bernice

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.25 Provost, James Brian

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.26 Puig, Raplh A. (82 A 2810)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.27 Raheem, Shu'aib A. (74 A 2617)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.28 Raqib, Abbas (79 D 0046); originally located in a set of files labeled "Prison Responses - No Current Action"

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.29 Richardson, Edwards (86 C 651)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.30 Robles, Luis A. (76 A 3687)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.31 Ross, Donald (86 C 1048)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.32 Rubens, Norman L. (85 C 928)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.33 Sconfienza, Steven (81 A 2470); originally located in a set of files labeled "Prison Responses - No Current Action"

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.34 Scott, Ralph (77 A 3321); originally located in a set of files labeled "Prison Responses - No Current Action"

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.35 Seebode, Steve (79 A 0409)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.36 Shakir, Abdul Mujahid (80 A 0761)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.37 Shakoor, Yusuf Abdus (82 A 304); originally located in a set of files labeled "Potential Attica Students"

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.38 Sims, William

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.39 Skye, Tom (78 C 236); originally located in a set of files labeled "Prison Responses - No Current Action"

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.40 Smith, Edward G.

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.41 Smith, Robert M.

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.42 Smith, Ward (84 A 5333)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

9.43 Spencer, Calvin (86 A 4051)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

10.1-10.2 Stewart, Willie (76 C 377)
[2 folders]

Restricted: Closed until 2070

10.3 Terry, Charles (77 B 1502)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

10.4 VanWormer, William John

Restricted: Closed until 2070

10.5 Vasconez, Emel G.

Restricted: Closed until 2070

10.6 Walker, Brent (Abdus-Sabr, Malik) (93 A 710)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

10.7 Walker, Harold E. (82 A 6160)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

10.8 Wang, Philip C. (83 A 7535)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

Contents
Ward, Stanley; see Abdul-Latif, Abdallah Saud
Box-folder Contents
10.9 Washington, Adrian (81 C 176)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

10.10 Washington, Albert "Nuh" (77 A 1528)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

10.11 White, Karen (BH); originally located in a set of files labeled "Prison Responses - No Current Action"

Restricted: Closed until 2070

10.12 Williams, Billy Joe

Restricted: Closed until 2070

10.13 Williams, Frederick (87 A 1866)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

10.14-10.15 Wise, Gregory B. (75 A 877); also G. Zabar Wise
[2 folders]

Restricted: Closed until 2070

10.16 Woods, Leon (76 A 0678)

Restricted: Closed until 2070

10.17 Zigles, Vincent (83 A 6396)

Restricted: Closed until 2070


Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Library's online catalog.

Subject Terms

Attica Correctional Facility
Auburn Correctional Facility
New York (State). Dept. of Correction. Division of Education
Prisoners--Education--New York (State)
Wende Correctional Facility