A groundbreaking ceremony for a new Health Sciences Library at SUNY Upstate Medical University took place on August 14, 1992. During the early 1990s the official name of the campus was SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse. The proposed name for the new Library was declared to be the following; Library and Biomedical Information Resource Center. This name can be seen in the scanned documents of the collection such as: in the official program, invitation and speeches. However, a consensus developed in the succeeding years to change the name to simply, Health Sciences Library, and this is the name which continues to this day. The Library was originally designed to be over 70,000 square feet, but when it opened the actual space was about 35,000 square feet.
Scope of Collection
The collection is mainly comprised of black & white and color photographs of the Groundbreaking Ceremony, depicting speeches and interviews given by dignitaries and invited guests. Some of these speakers included, Dr. George Lundberg, editor of JAMA, Glyn Evans Assistant Vice Chancellor for Library Services, and State Senator Tarky Lombardi. Others in attendance as seen in these photographs, were many faculty and employees of the Health Science Center, and Library staff. In addition, there are documents, including the ceremony program and typed speeches.