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University at Albany, State University of New York
Hawley Library Murals
SUNY Albany Downtown Campus Story of the Murals
Guided Tour
Saving the Murals

We're headed to the Northeast today, to the downtown campus of the University at Albany, New York. To the right of Draper Hall (the building with white columns), we see the graceful Georgian exterior and stained glass windows of the Hawley Building. Built in 1909, Hawley was first used as an auditorium. From 1933 until the 1960s, it was the library building. It now houses the Governor Thomas E. Dewey Graduate Library for Public Affairs and Policy.

Step inside the building and you'll understand why this is a New Deal Network destination. The interior walls are decorated with 23 murals that were added to the building between 1937 and 1938 under a grant from the Works Progress Administration (WPA).

We invite you to experience the murals and to learn how the University, with the generous help of the Carrier Corporation, plans to preserve the Hawley Building treasures.