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Student Newspaper and Yearbook Digitization

The University Archives houses the historically valuable records of UB’s academic departments, along with distinguished collections of faculty papers and archival manuscripts.

The Archives is also home to extensive collections of UB student publications that document the university’s growth from a small 19th century medical school to the large, comprehensive public university that it is today.

Many UB student newspapers, yearbooks and magazines, alumni periodicals and pamphlets from decades past are now accessible online in "The Best of the UB Archives." Featured digital collections include UB student newspapers, the Bee (1921-1950), the Argus (1947-1950) and the first twelve years of the award-winning Spectrum (1950-1962).

"The Best of the UB Archives" also includes the first fifteen years of the Buffalonian yearbook (1934-1948), past issues of the Opinion, official student newspaper of UB’s Law School (1949-1987), and periodicals issued by UB’s Black Student Union beginning in 1970. Each full-text issue in these digital collections is searchable by keyword, and individual articles may be easily downloaded and/or printed.

Much of the digitized material was originally issued on newsprint and is now in extremely fragile condition, the result of heavy use over the years. A generous grant from the Western New York Library Resources Council supported the initial digitization project, but additional funding sources are needed to complete this initiative. Your contribution to the Archives’ Digitization Fund will help ensure that all former issues of the Spectrum and other UB student publications are included in "The Best of the UB Archives."

Give now to the University Newspaper Digitizing Program