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New Exhibit in Archives!

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We are pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibit, Prominent Visitors to UB.  This exhibit was curated by Joseph Patton, graduate assistant in University Archives.  Joe is currently enrolled in the Department of Library and Information Studies.  He has been working in the Archives since October 2013 and has been instrumental in the creation of many of our digital collections.  Prominent Visitors is his first physical exhibit.  Joe has contributed a tremendous amount of energy, creativity, and expertise to the Archives.  The caliber of his work is apparent in the exhibit, and we encourage you to see for yourself.  The exhibit is open throughout the summer during Special Collections hours, Mon-Fri, 9-5, in Capen 420.

Prominent Visitors highlights noted individuals who visited Buffalo and UB in years past, particularly during the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. The exhibit includes selected photographs, original articles published in The Spectrum and Reporter, and related ephemera from the University Archives and the Poetry Collection chronicling the Buffalo visits of politicians, authors and poets, musicians, and many other famous individuals.  Featured visitors include Robert F. Kennedy, Richard M. Nixon, The Clash, Allen Ginsberg, Arlo Guthrie, Muhammad Ali, Talking Heads, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Cesar Chavez, and many other famous individuals.

A companion digital collection to the exhibit is available here: http://digital.lib.buffalo.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/LIB-UA016 with additional content forthcoming.

University Archives Closed June 16-17

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To accommodate event scheduling for the UB President’s Office, the University Archives will be closed on Monday June 16 and Tuesday June 17.

We apologize for any inconvenience. Please contact lib-archives@buffalo.edu if you have any questions or concerns.

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LGBT at UB

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by Nissa Thor, UB DLIS graduate student

In 1970, in the aftermath of the Stonewall Riots of 1969, a group of UB undergraduates started this campus’s first undergraduate student organization for gay students, the Gay Liberation Front (GLF). GLF was both a social and political organization for gay men at UB. As the years went on and attitudes changed, the organization too changed its name to be more inclusive to the other members of the community. In 1980, GLF became the Gay People’s Alliance. In 1982, the organization changed its name once again, to Gay and Lesbian Alliance (GALA). Around 1989, GALA became the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Alliance (LGBA).

The undergraduate group was not the only LGB organization on campus. UB has had groups for graduate students (GGALA) and law students (OUTLAW), as well as for faculty and staff. In fact, the Graduate Gay and Lesbian Alliance (GGALA), which unfortunately disbanded in 1996 due to lack of involvement, was the only graduate gay and lesbian student organization in Western New York.

While the name of the organization has changed over the years, the central focus has not. Providing a safe space for students to socialize and work to fight homophobia on (and off) campus, as well as events for education and celebration, such as coffee houses, conferences, ‘Coming Out Week’ and Denim Day, have remained important parts of the organization during the 70s, 80s, and 90s.

Documents relating to the history of LGBT at the University at Buffalo have been digitized and are available online: http://digital.lib.buffalo.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/LIB-UA017.  This collection will continue to grow to encompass more items from the 1970s to 1990s, and in time will include the 2000’s. If you would like to donate materials related to the LGBT community at UB, please contact University Archives at lib-archives@buffalo.edu

*This post is part of an occasional series written by University Archives graduate assistants and practicum students.  To prepare students for careers in Special Collections, our graduate assistants survey, process, and describe archival collections, digitize items for online use, and provide reference service to patrons.  These posts allow our students to share their experience and impressions of working with primary source material in the Archives.

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Gustin L. Reichbach ’67, UB Alumnus and Lawyer to Abbie Hoffman

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Program for a celebration of Abbie Hoffman's life, 1989. (Gustin L. Reichbach Papers, University Archives)

Program for a celebration of Abbie Hoffman’s life, 1989. (Gustin L. Reichbach Papers, University Archives)

by Sarah Pinard, Processing Archivist

Gustin Lewis Reichbach B.A. ’67 was a proud Brooklynite, University at Buffalo alumnus, law student activist, lawyer, respected New York State Supreme Court Juris and international judge. After his premature death from cancer in 2012, his wife, Ellen Meyers, donated Gus’s personal and professional papers to the University Archives, where they found a permanent home and recognition for their immeasurable research value.

Gus was born in Brooklyn in 1946 and raised in a working class family. He moved to Buffalo to attend UB and studied political science during the tumultuous 1960s. He was president of Alpha Epsilon Pi and graduated in 1967, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.

Gus returned to New York City in the fall of 1967 to attend Columbia University School of Law. Like many college campuses across the country, including UB, Columbia University was facing a chaotic and increasingly distressed student body in the late 1960s. Gus found himself in a leadership role with the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) where he organized protests and occupations on campus. During one protest Gus was arrested for disorderly conduct, placed on permanent  disciplinary probation, and eventually acquitted after a raucous trial on campus. His involvement with SDS and with the subsequent co-authorship of a book titled “The Bust Book: What to Do Till the Lawyer Comes” significantly delayed his admittance to the New York State Bar Association because of interest shown in these issues by the Committee on Character and Fitness.

Between graduation and admittance to the bar he worked at the New York Law Commune. There he represented the New York Black Panthers, anti-war protesters, and the likes of Abbie Hoffman. Hoffman would make an appearance at UB in the fall of November 1969 where he spoke to a crowd of approximately 3,000 in the Norton Student Union. When Hoffman died in 1989, The Abbie Hoffman Foundation held a celebration of his life at the Palladium in New York City. Reichbach spoke at the celebration, and an original program from the event is one of many interesting items found in the Gustin L. Reichbach Papers in the University Archives. This program, along with the entirety of the collection, will be open to researchers when processing of the collection is completed next fall.

George Takei and Walter Koenig Visit U.B.

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George Takei and Walter Koenig were the featured guests of Star Trek: The Weekend at UB.

Events included screenings of Star Trek TV episodes, the feature film The Wrath of Khan, a masquerade competition and a special presentation by the guest stars Takei (Hikaru Sulu) and Koenig (Pavel Chekov).

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The pair discussed their own projects and ideas, tantalized the audience with a preview of the Star Trek III – The Search for Spock movie and field questions about themselves and Star Trek.

See all the U.B. Star Trek material, a part of the Prominent Visitors to Buffalo digital collection.