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Frank Sinatra on University at Buffalo Campus – 1941

Frank Sinatra at UB's Norton Hall - September 22, 1941

On September 22, 1941, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra perform in Norton Hall for Pep Week. Dorsey’s entourage included a young Frank Sinatra and drummer Buddy Rich.

The event was apparently well attended but received little coverage in the Bee Student newspaper.

Tommy Dorsey, the “sentimental gentleman” and his orchestra were in Buffalo, N.Y. for a week long engagement at Shea’s Buffalo starting on Friday, September 19th. (see “Comes Tommy Dorsey” Buffalo Courier-Express, 19 September 1941)

It’s interesting to note that Sinatra, only in his mid-20’s at the time, was just a “featured” performer and not the main attraction.

Added entertainers for the Shea’s shows included Paul Winchell, “world’s greatest ventriloquist,” and the Condos Brothers, dancing stars.

Both Tommy Dorsey and Frank Sinatra made good use of their time in Buffalo, N.Y. as both made in-store appearances at Rab’s Record Store, located at 1672 Main St, meeting their fans and signing autographs.


Buffalo Courier-Express, Saturday, September 20, 1941

Buffalo-NY-Courier-Express-1941-9-17COMES TOMMY DORSEY

Ace trombonist and band will be
at Buffalo Friday

Tommy Dorsey, “the sentimental gentleman,” and his orchestra, with all his radio and stage entertainers including Frank Sinatra, Buddy Rich, Ziggy Elman, Connie Haines and the Pied Pipers, will be seen on the stage at Shea’s Buffalo starting Friday. Added features will be Paul Winchell, “world’s greatest ventriloquist,” and the Condos Brothers, dancing stars. On the screen will be Dr. Kildare’s Wedding Day, with Lew Ayres, Laraine Day, Red Skelton and Lionel Barrymore.

Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra have appeared in many outstanding hotels, theaters and night spots. His fame has been enhanced by several national radio hook-ups. His records especially are in demand. He also is known as one of the greatest of all trombone players.

Among the better known engagements of Dorsey and his orchestra have been the Astor Roof in New York, the Palmer Hotel in Chicago, the Canadian National Exposition in Toronto and the famous Meadowbrook Country Club in New Jersey.


Buffalo Courier-Express, September 17, 1941

Opening 9/11: Robert De Niro, Sr. and Irving Feldman: Painter and Poet at UB in the Late 1960s, UB Anderson Gallery

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House on Ellicott Creek

Robert De Niro, Sr., House on Ellicott Creek, Buffalo, NY, 1967-79


Please join us for the following events in conjunction with the exhibition Robert De Niro, Sr. and Irving Feldman: Painter and Poet at UB in the Late 1960s (co-curated by Michael Basinski and Sandra Olsen and featuring items from the University Archives and the Poetry Collection) on view at the UB Anderson Gallery from September 11 – October 25, 2015:


Opening reception

Friday, September 11

7:00 – 9:00 pm

UB Anderson Gallery


Poetry reading: Irving Feldman

Thursday, October 8

7:00 pm

UB Anderson Gallery


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Marie Elia’s “Silence in the Library”

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Processing Archivist Marie Elia’s “Silence in the Library” was published online in Queen Mob’s Teahouse:

“Naming is powerful. A name can be a gift or a burden. Choosing or discarding a name can make you feel free. A nickname can make you feel loved or crushed. What people call you shapes how you see yourself, and teaches you how to navigate the world. But the moment you name something, you limit the possibilities of what it can be. Librarians and archivists who catalog and describe collections have the great responsibility of choosing names for things that provoke interest and further understanding. We call this ‘creating access points’ – little lights to guide you, from whichever direction you might approach. But what if the roads were built ages ago and are no longer passable? Or what if they lead in the wrong direction? The limits of language, particularly the specialized, slow-to-evolve jargon of cataloging librarians and archivists, can create more barriers than pathways. Naming a thing with the wrong words can cut off various paths; it can silence necessary questions. In a choose-your-own-adventure text, this would be the part where you would die, have to start over again and opt for a different route next time…”

You can read the full text here.

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Welcome! – Our Top Ten List

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The University Libraries extend a warm welcome to new and returning UB students and faculty. We look forward to working with you!

The Libraries facilitate access to information in many formats, including print and digital collections, maps, music scores, CDs, DVDs and more.

The start of a new semester is the perfect time to share our Top Ten List of “must-knows” about the Libraries.

Ten Things Everyone Should Know About the UB Libraries:

10. Our Libraries have extended hours.
9. Each major has a subject librarian who can help you with your information needs.
8. You can get instant answers from knowledgeable professionals on 24/7 chat.
7. The Libraries have an online guide that explains basic research skills.
6. There are many different group and silent study spaces in the Libraries – choose your favorite.
5. You can use your print quota from your laptop.
4. Lockwood Library is open 24/7 during Fall and Spring semesters.
3. Have journal articles and book chapters delivered electronically, and library books made available for pick-up at the UB library of your choice using Delivery+
2. Undergraduate students are required to complete the Library Skills Workbook during their first year at UB.
1. The UB Libraries are the go-to places to find sources for your research paper or project.

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“The Work of a Country Doctor” Digital Collection

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The Work of a Country Doctor: Digitized Notebooks, Photographs, and Ephemera of Doctor Homer T. Jackson, M.D.The Work of a Country Doctor: Digitized Notebooks, Photographs and Ephemera of Doctor Homer T. Jackson, M.D. offers a fascinating glimpse into the practice of rural medicine a century ago.

Homer T. Jackson, M.D. (1846-1926), a graduate of UB Medical School, Class of 1881, practiced medicine for many years in the village of Verona, NY during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Dr. Jackson’s handwritten medical treatments and procedures, pharmacologic formularies, medical school class notes, and his notes and reactions to the professional literature of the day have been digitized and added to the UB Libraries’ Digital Collections.

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