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University at Buffalo Libraries

University Archives

Archives Collections

The University Archives collects the records of academic departments at UB, 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.


Information about our collections can be found in three places:

  • Collections by Topic (at right)

    • University Archives has several subject concentrations. Resources for major topics can be searched at left.
  • Finding Aids

    • Finding aids serve as detailed guides to collection contents and include descriptions beyond what is offered in the library catalog. A portion of our archival collections have finding aids.
  • Catalog

    • The Libraries Catalog contains brief records for archives collections (creator, title, dates, summary, and subjects). Some records contain links to finding aids (detailed collection descriptions) and/or online content.

Access to collections is open to researchers with these exceptions:

  • Collections stored off-site or at the Libraries Annex require 3 business days’ notice to ensure retrieval. Contact University Archives at (716) 645-2916 or lib-archives@buffalo.edu to schedule an appointment.
  • Unprocessed collections may be opened for research with permission and prior review by the University Archivist.
  • Records that contain sensitive personal information are restricted in order to protect individual privacy. Certain administrative records are restricted in accordance with University policy. Collections with restricted information are noted as such.