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Introduction to University Archives

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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.

Finding Aids

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.

Library Catalog

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/.

Quick Facts

Website: http://library.buffalo.edu/archives/

Location: 420 Silverman Library, Capen Hall

Hours: Monday thru Friday, 9:00 to 5:00

Email: lib-archives@buffalo.edu

Learn about the Rare & Special Books Collection at UB!

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The Rare and Special Books Collection serves as the repository for rare and fine edition books in the University Libraries of the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. This collection supports research by a wide range of scholars including undergraduates, graduates, faculty, and others.

The foundation of a research library lies in the rich traditions of literature and book production of previous centuries. To strengthen this foundation, the Rare and Special Books Collection collects in the following areas: Rare books (defined by the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the American Library Association as books printed before 1501, English books printed before 1641, books printed in the Americas before 1801, and books printed west of the Mississippi before 1850); book arts and artists’ books, as well as materials that support the history and study of the book, such as incunabula, illuminated manuscripts, and books with unique bindings, marginal annotations, or provenance markings; examples of significant and historical works of English-language literature, such as the folio edition of Shakespeare’s The Comedies and Tragedies (1647); modern English-language first editions; and 19th and 20th century fine press printings, such as the Kelmscott Press and Doves Press.

The Wild Swans illustration by Arthur J. Gaskin from Stories & Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen (1893).

Illustration by Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh for The Defence of Guenevere, and Other Poems by William Morris.  Published by The Kelmscott Press (1897).

Finding materials in the Rare Books Collection

Requested rare book materials can only be viewed in the Special Collections Reading Room in 420 Silverman Library, Capen Hall.  Materials can be found by searching the Library Catalog.

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 The Defence of Guenevere will return results, some 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 Rare Books

Many factors are used, often in combination, to determine if a book is “rare.”  These can include scarcity, signatures and inscriptions, annotations, illustrations, format, printing or binding process, age, or unique provenance.  Because of their uniqueness, rare books require special handling.  Reading Room attendants may ask that a book cradle or supports are used or gloves worn when viewing rare items.  No food or drink is allowed in the Reading Room, and permission is required to take images of collection materials.  Before visiting the Rare & Special Books collection, patrons should familiarize themselves with department policies at http://library.buffalo.edu/specialcollections/about/policies/.

Quick Facts

Website: http://library.buffalo.edu/specialcollections/rarebooks/

Location: 420 Silverman Library, Capen Hall

Hours: Monday thru Friday, 9:00 to 5:00

Email: lpo-poetry@buffalo.edu

Discover the UB Poetry Collection today!

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A University at Buffalo Libraries Special Collection, the Poetry Collection is the library of record for 20th- and 21st-century poetry in English. Founded in 1937 by Charles Abbott, the Poetry Collection now holds one of the world’s largest collections of poetry first editions and other titles, little literary magazines, broadsides and anthologies; a substantial collection of artworks; and more than 150 archives and manuscript collections from a wide range of poets, presses, magazines and organizations.

Finding materials in the Poetry Collection

You can search for items in the Poetry Collection in 3 ways: Finding Aids, Library Catalog, and the Manuscript Database.

Finding Aids

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/

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This is a snapshot of the collection overview from the finding aid for the James Joyce Collection which is located in The Poetry Collection.

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This is the container list from the finding aid for the James Joyce Collection. The container list provides a brief description of the contents of each folder as well as the dates of the material.

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Special Collections encourages researchers to explore the appropriate finding aid to become familiar with any collection you want to access before your visit.

Library Catalog

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 the poet William Carlos Williams will return over 1,500 results, most of which are not held in Special Collections:

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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:

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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:

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If you know you want to limit your search to the Poetry Collection, you can start right from our homepage, http://library.buffalo.edu/pl/. This will automatically apply the location filter for you. You can limit your search to manuscript collections or finding aids:

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Manuscripts Database

You can also search or browse our manuscripts database:

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Using Poetry Materials

Because of their uniqueness, Poetry Collection 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 the Poetry Collection, patrons should familiarize themselves with department policies at http://library.buffalo.edu/specialcollections/about/policies/.

Quick Facts

Website: http://library.buffalo.edu/pl/

Location: 420 Silverman Library, Capen Hall

Hours: Monday thru Friday, 9:00 to 5:00

Email: lpo-poetry@buffalo.edu

Undecided Making Informed Decisions

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[The following blog post was written by Kristin E. Cangialosi, a graduate student in the Department of Library & Information Studies.]

You got accepted into UB and started college in the last couple of months, or maybe even last year.  You’re taking the required general education courses but still cannot decide what you want to do after graduation.  Or maybe you came to UB with a declared major, but after taking some classes are starting to realize that it’s not the right fit for you.

UB Career Services is dedicated to providing students with the information to help make these major decisions easier.  For each major offered at the university, UB Career Services has created a guide that explains what you can do professionally with that degree when you graduate.  For even more guidance, you can enroll in the three-credit, semester-long, seminar course UBE 202: Career Planning to conduct a deeper exploration of your options.

To help get you thinking about career possibilities, you can use the Career Planning Guide to find resources within the UB Libraries’ collections.  Here are just a few of the titles available to get you started with your independent research.