The University Archives, established in 1964 by President Clifford C. Furnas, is the repository of the historically valuable records of the State University of New York at Buffalo and its predecessor, the University of Buffalo (1846-1962). The University Archives collects the records of all academic departments at UB, all university and student publications, and pursues the private papers of administrators, faculty members, and other individuals closely associated with the University. Rich historical collections complement the current or past research interests of faculty or document regional organizations and events. The University Archives supports the teaching, research, and service missions of the university by acquiring, organizing and promoting the use of these special archival collections.
Finding materials in University Archives:
You can search for items in Archives in 2 ways: Finding Aids and the Library Catalog.
A finding aid is a document created by archivists that provides a description of the contents of archival collections, similar to the way a table of contents outlines the subject matter of a book. In archival research, the finding aid is perhaps the most useful point of access to a collection.
By using a finding aid, a researcher gains an understanding of a collection as a whole, sees the relationships between its different parts, and locates portions of the collection important to their research.
Finding aids usually include narrative portions that describe the history of the collection as well as how the collection is arranged and a container list of the collection’s contents. Other things researchers can learn from finding aids include the size of the collection; key search terms; additional biographical or historical information about the main topic of the collection; and sometimes other collections that may be of related interest.
The University Archives and The Poetry Collection provide access to our finding aids through our website. You can search by keyword and browse all finding aids here: http://library.buffalo.edu/archives/
This is a snapshot of the collection overview from the finding aid for the Campus Unrest at the State University of New York at Buffalo Records. This collection is located in the University Archives.
This is the container list from the finding aid for the Campus Unrest at the State University of New York at Buffalo Records. The container list provides a brief description of the contents of each folder as well as the dates of the material.
Special Collections encourages researchers to explore the appropriate finding aid to become familiar with any collection you want to access before your visit.
When searching for items in Special Collections (University Archives, the Poetry Collection, or the Rare and Special Books Collection), it’s helpful to fine-tune your search in the online catalog. A search for “campus unrest” will return many results, many of which are not held in Special Collections:
Limiting your search to the Special Collections location—and adding other filters, such as “Collection” and “Format”—will make it easier to find what you’re looking for:
Remember that limiting your search by year of publication / creation will help when searching historical collections. You can add all of these filters in the Advanced Search tab from the catalog home page:
Using Archival Materials
Because of their uniqueness, archival materials require special handling. Reading Room attendants may ask that a book cradle or supports are used or gloves worn when viewing items. No food or drink is allowed in the Reading Room, and permission is required to take images of collection materials. Before visiting University Archives, patrons should familiarize themselves with department policies at http://library.buffalo.edu/specialcollections/about/policies/.
Location: 420 Silverman Library, Capen Hall
Hours: Monday thru Friday, 9:00 to 5:00