Preserving the Past
George Bugliarello’s legacy lives on at the Bern Dibner Library
Last year the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) hosted a symposium, Livable Cities of the Future, that brought together an interdisciplinary group of engineers, civic leaders, educators and futurists to examine the critical role engineers play in the social and economic development of urban areas and to honor the legacy of the school’s late president and chancellor George Bugliarello. Now, the Bern Dibner Library of Science and Technology has unveiled an extensive searchable archive of his papers, including correspondence, memoranda, reports, minutes, financial records, published and unpublished writings, clippings, photographs, research notes and bound appointment books. “I am delighted that the content of the George Bugliarello collections is now available to our alumni, faculty and students,” librarian Jana Richman said. “We are grateful to Violet J. Jacobs and the Jacobs Family Trust for providing funding for this project at this juncture of Polytechnic’s history. The collections will assure that the legacy of George Bugliarello and that of the Polytechnic Institute will continue to live on.”
Bugliarello was inaugurated as the 13th president of what was then known as the Polytechnic Institute of New York on October 15, 1973. He took the reins amid a national economic crisis, when several private academic institutions in New York City were on the brink of collapse. Bugliarello--who held the title of president between 1973 and 1994 and subsequently served as president emeritus and chancellor until 2011--oversaw a revitalization of both the school and its struggling Brooklyn neighborhood.
The Dibner Library’s Bugliarello collections (one focused on his presidency and the other on his time as chancellor) are comprised of more than 100 boxes of material, spanning some 120 linear feet. They contain such artifacts as VHS tapes and audiocassettes of Bugliarello’s speeches and lectures and the hard drive from the chancellor's office in Room 350 of the Jacobs Building. (The 6,663 digital files on the drive have not been altered in any way from their original state.)
The collections provide fascinating insight into Bugliarello’s tenure and accomplishments, including spearheading the ambitious creation of the MetroTech Center.
For more information on the Bugliarello collection and the entire Poly archive, visit Bern Dibner Library archives.