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The Program in East European and Slavic Studies at Buffalo State College was founded in 1968 and functioned for almost a decade. Affiliated with the Department of History, it was a unique institution which has thus far not been replicated in the State University of New York system. While the Program’s objectives were primarily academic and intended to benefit students, it also transcended the boundaries of academia and reached out to the ethnic community in Western NewYork. It engaged members of the community as both partners and beneficiaries of its activities. This approach made the Program unique and constituted its contribution to society.

The object of the present study is to examine the development and the dissolution of the Program in East European and Slavic Studies. Since the author was connected with the Program in both an unofficial and an official capacity from its inception, he has been able to take advantage of his own archives as well as personal memory. Detailed investigations were also carried out in archival material housed at Buffalo State College, including the Fronczak Collection and the Drzewieniecki papers (including the archives of the Program in East European and Slavic Studies) in Butler Library and the archives of the Office of the Vice-President for Academic Affairs.

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Polish Cultural Foundation, Inc


Buffalo, New York


Buffalo State College, Drzewieniecki, Slavic Studies


Curriculum and Instruction | European History | Higher Education and Teaching


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The Rise and Fall of a Program: An Assessment of the Program in the East European and Slavic Studies at the State University of New York College at Buffalo 1968-1977