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Finding Aid for the School of Pharmacy Alumni Association Records, 1889-1989


State University of New York at Buffalo. University Archives

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Finding aid prepared by Archives Staff, Jessica Tanny.
Finding aid encoded in EAD by Amy Vilz, March 2005.
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid prepared using local best practices.

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Collection Overview

Title: School of Pharmacy Alumni Association Records, 1889-1989
Creator: State University of New York at Buffalo. School of Pharmacy Alumni Association
Extent: 8 manuscript boxes (3.34 linear feet)
Language of Material: Collection material in English.
Repository: State University of New York at Buffalo. University Archives
Abstract: An open collection of materials from the School of Pharmacy, State University of New York at Buffalo's Alumni Association, 1889-1989; includes meeting minutes, photographs from reunions, commencements, class portraits. (Future accruals are expected)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Description and dates], Box/folder number, 36/5/452, School of Pharmacy Alumni Association Records, 1889-1989, University Archives, The State University of New York at Buffalo.

See theArchives' preferred citations instructions for additional information.

Acquisition Information

This open collection is a combination of accessions transferred to the University Archives by Assistant to the Dean of Pharmacy, Harold Reiss. Accession #77-012 were the records of the Association from 1889-1976. They were originally kept by Executive Secretary, Dean A.B. Lemon (1890-1969) and later by Dean Lemon's successor, Howard Kohler. Following Kohler's death in 1976, the records were preserved by Reiss and transferred to the Archives on May 11 and June 13, 1977. Those records were processed in 1985 by Assistant Archivist, Christopher Densmore.

Accession #90-022 was a later accession from Reiss of the Association's records from 1970-1989. These were merged with the earlier records and re-organized to operate as an open collection by Processing Archivist, Jessica Tanny in January 2005.

Terms of Access

School of Pharmacy Alumni Association Records, 1889-1989 are open for research.


Copyright is held by the State University of New York at Buffalo, University Archives. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Processing Information

Processed by Archives Staff (1985), Jessica Tanny (2005).

Accruals and Additions

Future accruals are expected to this collection.

Historical Note

The School of Pharmacy Alumni Association, founded in 1889, is the University at Buffalo's second-oldest alumni organization. An independent organization, the Alumni Association fund-raises, organizes, and pays for events separate from the University or the School of Pharmacy.

"The Alumni Association's main goal is to further the interest of the School of Pharmacy. In their first meeting minutes on March 27, 1889 it was written that: "The objects of the association shall be to further the interests of its Alma Mater, to bring its members into closer fellowship, to promote sociability and good feeling among them, and to assist in elevating the standards of Pharmacy."

(-- 1.1 Secretary's meeting minutes, 1889-1958)

Dean Willis Gregory ran the Association's first meetings until 1891 when the first president, William O. Jaeger, was elected. By 1912 the Association had grown to over 600 members.

One of the largest annual events organized by the Alumni Association is the Spring Clinic Day and Alumni Reunion Dinners. These events have included over the years: featured speakers, business meetings, and an induction of the graduating class. The first official Spring Clinic Day was held in Foster Hall April 1938 and was held with the Alumni Dinner which had at that time been an annual event, but the dinner had been taking place annually since 1891.

Although the Alumni Association is a social organization, they also have provided many services to both the alumni and the present student body over the years including: continuing education services, scholarships, short time, interest-free loans for students, and awards and contests

Scope and Content Note

An open collection of materials from the School of Pharmacy, State University of New York at Buffalo's Alumni Association, 1889-1989; includes meeting minutes, photographs from reunions, commencements, class portraits.


This collection is divided into five series: I. Meeting minutes and membership lists, 1889-1987; II. Financial records and funds; III. Programs and awards; IV. Clinic Day / Alumni Dinner, 1891-1942,1946-1989; V. Classes and alumni.

Container List

I.     Meeting minutes and membership lists, 1889-1987

There were no annual meetings between 1944-1946 during the second World War.

Box-folder Contents
1.1 Secretary's notebook, 1889-1958 ; includes original Alumni Association constitution and by-laws, 1889, attendance lists for alumni dinners, 1889-1895.
[bound volume]
1.2-1.5 Meeting minutes, 1928, 1933, 1959-1987 ; includes correspondence, constitution and by-law amendments.
1.6 Secretary's notebook, 1980-1986 [disbound for preservation purposes]
1.7 Constitution and by-laws, 1958-1975 [original 1889 by-laws in Secretary's notebook, 1.1]
Box-folder Contents
1.8 Treasurer's book, 1889-1931, 1938-1940
[bound volume]
2.1 Expense and bank accounts, 1940-1963, 1970-1975
2.2-2.3 Financial reports and budgets, 1961-1989
2.4 Clinic / A.B. Lemon Fund, 1965-1973, 1975, no date
2.5-2.6 Class of 1925 Student Aid Fund, 1949-1960, 1974; includes deed of gift, December 1956.
2.7 Other scholarships and funds, 1950, 1953-1960 ; includes the Scholarship Fund, Roy M. Barr Fund, Dr. Henry G. LaForge Fund, S.P. Capen Alumni Fund.
III.     Awards and programs

The Gregory Medal, named for former Dean Willis Gregory, includes the speeches made for each recipient. For a list of all known recipients from 1938-2004 -- see the Archives' history vertical files: Department file #13 (School of Pharmacy).

Box-folder Contents
2.8-2.9 Gregory Memorial Award, 1938-1987 ; includes correspondence, speeches, biographies, clippings of all recipients including Eli Long (1941), A.B. Lemon (1948), Mearl Pritchard (1950).
2.10-2.11 Dr. Oscar H. Kraft essay contest, 1960-1975, 1980 ; includes correspondence, contest essays.
2.12 Merchandising program, January 1940 ; includes correspondence.
2.13 Medical, Dental, Pharmacy cooperation programs, 1937-1940
2.14 Continuing Education, 1963-1966, 1982-1983
IV.     Spring Clinic Day / Alumni Dinner, 1891-1942, 1946-1989

When the School of Pharmacy's Spring Clinic started in 1938, it was paired with the annual Alumni Dinner, then in its 47th year. The series begins with the programs, correspondence, invitations, and other materials from the Alumni Dinners, 1891-1931. After 1938, the folders are labeled "Spring Clinic", but they include the information from the Alumni Dinners as well.

All folders contain a combination of programs, menus, appeals, correspondence, speeches, clippings, financial reports, and clippings.

There was no Spring Clinic during the WWII era, 1943-1945.

Box-folder Contents
3.1-3.4 Alumni dinners, 1891-1931, no date ; includes programs, invitations, menus.
3.5 Spring Clinic book, 1931-1938, 1946-1976 ; includes Dean Willis G. Gregory's records of dispensing examinations, 1931- circa 1937.
3.6-3.10 Spring Clinic and Alumni Dinner, 1938-1942
4.1-4.13 Spring Clinic and Alumni Dinner, 1946-1956 ; includes Mabel I. Brown Purse Fund, 1955
5.1-5.11 Spring Clinic and Alumni Dinner, 1957-1962 ; includes Diamond Jubilee, 1962.
6.1-6.11 Spring Clinic and Alumni Dinner, 1963-1969 ; includes correspondence and speeches by UB former faculty, Harold G. Hewitt, John W. Kleber, Clifford Lord, Edward L. Schwabe, Joseph B. Sprowls, Margaret Swisher, Arthur P. Wyss, 1963.
7.1-7.8 Spring Clinic and Alumni Dinner, 1970-1987, 1989
V.     Classes and alumni

Includes correspondence and clippings regarding class reunions.

Box-folder Contents
7.9 Class and membership rosters, 1888-1928, 1938-1940 [bound volume]
7.10-7.11 Alumni lists, 1889-1931, 1939, 1951 ; includes two disbound notebooks.
7.12 Alumni in WWII, 1942-1945 ; includes "News Flash: News items for graduates of the University of Buffalo School of Pharmacy in the service of their country," compiled and edited by Dean A.B. Lemon.
8.1 1900-1906, 1908-1910 class reunions, 1919, 1951-1960, 1964-1965, 1970, 1974 ; includes Harold F. Bryant.
8.2 1911-1913 class reunions, 1961-1963
8.3 1914 class reunion, 1963-1965
8.4 1915 class reunion, 1948, 1962, 1965
8.5 1916-1918 class reunions, 1966-1968 ; includes "The Long, Long Trail...Reminiscences in honor of the 50th reunion of the class of 1918" by Harold Reiss, 1968.
8.6 1919-1924 class reunions, 1946, 1949, 1953, 1969-1971, 1974, 1976
8.7 1925 class reunion, 1950, 1955, 1960
8.8 1926-1928 class reunions, 1927-1928, 1951-1953, 1977
8.9 1930, 1932 class reunions, 1955, 1958, 1964, 1970
8.10 V-News, edited by Everett F. reed, Jr., issues #2-12, 1943-1944 (class of 1941 newsletter); includes photographs.
8.11 1949, 1950, 1952, 1960, 1962 class reunions, 1970, 1974-1975, 1977
8.12 1988 class: commencement photographs; includes David Triggle.
8.13 1989 class: commencement photographs; includes David Triggle.
8.14 Class photos, circa 1950s, 1954, 1962, 1989
8.15 Pharmacy officers, classes, organizations, and fraternities, 1959-1971

Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Library's online catalog.


Diamond, Harry John
Gregory, Willis G. (Willis George), 1857-1937
Kohler, Harold
Lemon, A. B.
Reiss, Harold J.

Subject Terms

Newsletters--New York (State)--Buffalo
State University of New York at Buffalo. School of Pharmacy--Alumni and alumnae
State University of New York at Buffalo. School of Pharmacy--Awards