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The Bison Magazine Covers

The Bison was a humor magazine published by University of Buffalo students between 1913 and 1941. This collection presents sixty-one (61) of the front covers.


The Black Student Union Periodical Collection

UB’s Black Student Union (BSU) was founded in 1967. Twelve periodical publications have been issued by the BSU and are the primary record of the activities and history of the organization.


Buffalonian Yearbooks

The Buffalonian was UB’s second general student yearbook. The inaugural issue of the Buffalonian appeared in 1934. This collection provides access to the first fifteen years of the Buffalonian covering 1934 - 1948.


The Clifford C. Furnas Collection

Photographs and memorabilia celebrating the life and career of Clifford C. Furnas, ninth president of the Univeristy at Buffalo.

Inaugural and commencement addresses by Clifford Cook Furnas, 1955-1966


Darwin D. Martin Photograph Collection

The Darwin D. Martin Photograph Collection consists of 1167 images of Martin and the Martin family and their residences. The photographs date from Martin’s early childhood in the mid-19th century to the 1970s. In addition to providing a photographic record of Martin and his family, the collection provides a unique view of the construction and use of private residences designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Martin—the Martin House Complex in Buffalo, consisting of the Darwin D. Martin House, the Barton House, and other structures, and Graycliff, the Martins’ summer residence in Derby, New York. Included in the collection are photographs of the Martin House Complex by Henry Fuermann of Chicago and photographs by Louise Mueller and other notable regional photographers.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Buffalo

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Buffalo collection documents Dr. King’s visit and speech in Buffalo, New York on November 9, 1967. The speech, entitled “The Future of Integration” was sponsored by the Student Association and Graduate Student Association and held at Kleinhans Music Hall. The UB Spectrum reported that Dr. King “castigated the ‘national administration that is more concerned with an unjust war in Vietnam than with winning the war on poverty.’ ” The collection includes audio of the speech, photographs of the event, and coverage from the UB Spectrum student newspaper.


Iris Yearbooks

The Iris was the first general student yearbook. The Iris was published 1898-1907, 1920-1932. It was succeeded by the Buffalonian, the first 14 years of which are available as a digital collection.


Jewish Buffalo Image Collection

This collection consists of photographs and other images related to Jewish life in Buffalo and the Niagara Falls area taken from the Jewish Buffalo Archives at the University at Buffalo. The collection was developed as part of the Jewish Buffalo Archives Project, a collaborative initiative of the Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Buffalo and the University Archives in the University Libraries of the University at Buffalo. Images from the 19th century through the mid-20th century are included in this collection.


Love Canal Images

This collection consists of photographs, maps, and posters related to the Love Canal environmental disaster. The Love Canal Images collection forms part of the Love Canal Collection in the University Archives of Special Collections. The University at Buffalo holds the premier collection on Love Canal, the country's most notorious and infamous hazardous waste site.


The Opinion

The Opinion is the official University at Buffalo Law School student newspaper. This collection provides access to Volumes 1 (1949:Nov.) through Volumes 27 (1987:Apr.).


Thomas B. Lockwood - The Man and His Library

This collection highlights the life and contributions of one of Buffalo's most distinguished citizens in the first half of the 20th century.


Prominent Visitors to Buffalo

This collection chronicles many of the politicians, authors, musicians, and activists that visited Buffalo as well as UB. Documentation from the University Archives includes photographs, coverage of events from the UB Spectrum student newspaper, and related ephemera. Speakers include Robert F. Kennedy, Richard M. Nixon, and Lyndon B. Johnson. Much of the coverage is from events from the 1960s and 1970s. Additional visitors and content are regularly added to the collection.


The Spectrum

Students at the University at Buffalo launched a new newspaper in December 1950. The Spectrum succeeded the Bee (1921-1950) and Argus (1947-1950). This award-winning newspaper has been published continuously since 1950, and three times a week it provides news stories and in-depth coverage of campus events and sports. The creation of this collection was supported in part with funding received from the Western New York Library Resources Council and contains issues for period 1950-1962.


University Archives Oral History Collection

The University Archives Oral History collection contains taped interviews with members of the University at Buffalo community, and the paper records associated with each interview. Those interviewed include administrators, alumni, faculty, staff, and UB Council members. Although covering some 25 years, the bulk of the collection consists of interviews conducted in 1978-1979. The interviews offer a wide range of topics and offers personal insight into University history by those that lived it. A majority of the interviews were conducted by part-time University Archives staff members Jenny Peterzell and Brenda Shelton. Other interviewers include then Head Archivist Shonnie Finnegan and Josephine Capuana.


University at Buffalo Alumni Publications

The Alumni Association of the University of Buffalo was established in 1926 and began a quarterly publication for graduates of all divisions of the university. This was the first publication for alumni issued by the university.


University Archives Oral History Collection

The University Archives Oral History collection contains taped interviews with members of the University at Buffalo community, and the paper records associated with each interview. Those interviewed include administrators, alumni, faculty, staff, and UB Council members. Although covering some 25 years, the bulk of the collection consists of interviews conducted in 1978-1979. The interviews offer a wide range of topics and offers personal insight into University history by those that lived it. A majority of the interviews were conducted by part-time University Archives staff members Jenny Peterzell and Brenda Shelton. Other interviewers include then Head Archivist Shonnie Finnegan and Josephine Capuana.


UB Sports History Collection

This collection covers the early years of University at Buffalo athletics. The collection will continue to grow in phases and will eventually encompass all UB intercollegiate sports teams (both men’s and women’s) from their beginnings to the present day.


University at Buffalo Student Newspapers, 1921-1950

This collection provides access to two student newspapers published at the University at Buffalo between 1921 and 1950. The Bee (1921-1950) focused almost entirely on student activities, often with humor. There was almost no coverage of events beyond the UB campus or on how those events impacted the lives of UB students. With veterans attending the university after the end of World War II, UB enrolled an older and more diverse student body. It was then that the Bee’s sometimes frivolous style came under attack. The Argus (1947-1950) was established as an alternative to the Bee by a group of more “liberal, progressive” students. Editorial warfare intensified by 1950 to such an extent that funding was withheld from both papers. In the same year a new newspaper, the Spectrum, began publication.


William S. Huff Photographs of the work of Louis Kahn

This collection contains William S. Huff’s photographs of selected works of the American architect Louis I. Kahn (1901-1974). Among the projects featured in the collection are the Yale Art Gallery (1951), the First Unitarian Church of Rochester, New York (1959), and the Yale Center for British Art (1969).


Books and pamphlets about UB