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Genealogy Research in University Archives: Using Archives

Resources in University Archives for genealogical research.

Handling Material

Material in Archives is unique, rare, and fragile.  Take your time when handling materials.

  • You may be asked to wear gloves or use supports when handling certain materials.
  • Documents should remain flat on the table.
  • Take out only one folder at a time from boxed collections.  Maintain the original order of the folders as well as materials within the folder.
  • Be sure to pay attention to documents as a whole; look at the front and back of items for identifying and descriptive information.
  • Any questions?  Ask!  That's what we're here for.

New York University's short video on Handling Archival materials.

Hours, Location, Contact Info

420 Capen Hall [inside Silverman Library]

(716) 645-2916

Email: lib-archives@buffalo.edu

http://library.buffalo.edu/archives/

HOURS: Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 4:30

Occasionally, hours may change.  Please confirm hours with University Archives before your visit.

**For information on planning your visit to University Archives and policies regarding use, duplication of collection material, etc. visit our policies page: http://library.buffalo.edu/specialcollections/about/policies/

Policies

What to bring

  • Your laptop or phone; we have Wi-Fi and electrical outlets at every table
  • Current photo identification (e.g. driver's license, campus ID, passport)

What not to bring

  • Food or drink
  • Pens, though you may use our pencils and paper for taking notes
  • Scanners, tripods or video equipment

Other things to know

  • While appointments are not required, it is recommended that you contact University Archives ahead of your visit to make the best use of your research time.
  • Phones need to be silenced.
  • You may use a camera or phone to take pictures of material.  Fees do apply.  No flash can be used and permission is required from the desk attendant.
  • Staff will make photocopies of collection material if the item(s) can withstand the duplication process.  Fees do apply.  Entire collections and publications cannot be copied.