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Alumni and Community Members

The University Archives welcomes donations of materials that document the history and evolution of the University from administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the general public. Materials of particular interest include records of student organizations and social clubs (including founding documents, minutes, reports, publications, and photographs), records of academic programs and schools, university publications (programs, flyers, newsletters), faculty and staff biographical records, and documentation of life at UB (scrapbooks, diaries, letters, and photographs).

The University Archives also collects non-literary manuscript collections. Included in the more than 200 collections are the Frank Lloyd Wright/Darwin D. Martin Collection, the most extensive collection documenting the relationship between a major architect and client, the definitive body of records and other material on the Love Canal environmental disaster, and the Jewish Buffalo Archives Project- a series of collections documenting the history and activities of the Jewish community in Buffalo and Western New York since the second decade of the 19th century.

Major collecting areas include design and architecture, environmental issues and organizations, women’s history, education, and social activism.

Donations are considered gifts to the Archives, and donors will be asked to sign a deed of gift document acknowledging transfer of ownership to the Archives. The Archives collects materials in all formats, including paper, photographs, memorabilia, audio/visual materials, and electronic records.

For more information on donations, contact the Archives at 645.2916 or email the Archives at

For general information on donating personal papers and materials to an archive, see the Society of American Archivists brochure, A Guide to Donating Your Personal or Family Papers to a Repository.