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“SUNY ESF and SU: 100 Years of Collaboration” - 1920-1959

Border on 1928 SU campus map As the decades went by, Syracuse University and the College of Forestry continued their interwoven paths. On January 27, 1952, Chancellor William P. Tolley addressed the Forestry graduates, saying: "The degree which [SUNY ESF] President [Charles] Garside has just conferred upon you symbolizes your graduation not only from the State University College of Forestry at Syracuse University, but also from Syracuse University by action of the University senate and the Board of Trustees. It entitles you to all the rights and privileges pertaining to all Syracuse University degrees and makes you a permanent member of the Syracuse University family. The diploma which you will receive as you come forward is your evidence of our joint action, and carries forward a tradition which has existed on the Syracuse campus since the College of Forestry at Syracuse University was founded forty-one years ago."

Indeed, a student from the College of Forestry was treated as one from Syracuse University. Forestry students ate and lived with SU students and took classes offered by the University. Forestry students could be a part of SU activities and organizations, such as fraternities and athletics, and their own organizations were included in the University's yearbook, the Onondagan. Additionally, SU students attended Forestry activities, such as the College's annual barbecue.

In 1948, the State University of New York was established, and the College's name changed to the State University College of Forestry at Syracuse University. SUNY also began pursuing a policy of separatism for the College of Forestry, following the recommendation of the Young Commission. Syracuse University, however, encouraged a policy of having Forestry students dually enrolled in both institutions.

A compromise was reached in August 1956 in which Forestry students could still continue to take classes recommended by the College of Forestry and the services and facilities could still be provided by Syracuse University and paid for by the state. The October 1956 report prepared for the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools by Syracuse University stated:

"We hereby resolve that the Trustees of the State University and the Trustees of Syracuse University and the Trustees of New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University hereby declare that the Status of undergraduate and graduate students of the College shall be students of both the State University and Syracuse University as a result of their participation in and getting their education from both universities. The students shall be entitled to rights and privileges of other students at Syracuse University and on graduation at Syracuse University Commencement exercises they shall receive a degree issued jointly by the State University and Syracuse University and the degree shall be given in the name of State University College of Forestry at Syracuse University."


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Written memorial for Chancellor James Roscoe Day, included in the 1923 Empire Forester Aerial view of the Syracuse University and College of Forestry (right) campuses, ca. 1920s [ARM Image 10-1939] The Forestry Student Council appeared among the student activities in SU's 1925 yearbook, the Onondagan. 1927 College of Forestry barbecue, an event which SU chancellors often attended. Left to right: SU Vice Chancellor William P. Graham; Chancellor Charles W. Flint; College of Forestry Dean F. Franklin Moon; and Syracuse Mayor Charles Hanna. Detail of a 1928 SU campus map, showing the College of Forestry in the upper-right corner Bordering a 1928 SU campus map are illustrations of activities not only at SU but the College of Forestry as well, including the Foresters' Barbecue. Photograph of the College of Forestry on the left and Archbold Stadium on the right, ca. late 1920s [ARM Image 10-1940] Bray Hall and Marshall Hall, ca. 1933. Before finding a home at the SU Archives, this photograph had been poorly handled and therefore shows signs of damage. [ARM Image 10-1931] The College of Forestry seal, overlapping the Syracuse University seal, as shown in the 1937 College of Forestry yearbook, the Empire Forester. Additionally, the College of Forestry seal reads, 'The New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University.' The student staff photograph of the Empire Forester, the College of Forestry's yearbook, as shown in the Publications section of the 1937 Syracuse University yearbook, the Onondagan Aerial view of the New York State College of Forestry and Archbold Stadium, ca. 1935 [ARM Image 10-1941] Chancellor William P. Tolley, wearing the bowtie and fourth from the front on the right side of the table, with the Board of Trustees of the College of Forestry, ca. 1940s. Dean Hardy Shirley is seated at left. The SU chancellor is still a member of the ESF Board of Trustees. [ARM Image 10-1944] Aerial view of the SU campus with the College of Forestry in the foreground in 1947 [ARM Image 10-1937] Detail of a 1951 SU campus map, with 'State University of New York College of Forestry' included at the bottom Aerial view of the SU and College of Forestry campuses, ca. 1951 [ARM Image 10-1936] Forestry students making maple syrup, from the College of Forestry section in the 1957 Syracuse University yearbook, the Onondagan College of Forestry graduates entering Archbold Stadium at the 1957 SU commencement [ARM Image 10-1946]