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175 Years of Medicine at UB: Resources

Last Updated: Mar 12, 2021 3:37 PM

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Many of resources below can be found on the UB Libraries Digital Collections page. Physical materials, including non-digitized archival collections, can be found in the University Archives and the History of Medicine Collection. Access to physical collections is restricted due to the pandemic.


Park A History of the U of Buffalo Title page

A History of the University of Buffalo was written by Julian Park, son of Dr. Roswell Park and the first Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Buffalo. It was published in 1917.

A History of the University of Buffalo is available through the Hathi Trust Digital Library.

Sentz Medical History cover art

A selection of essays chronicling important people and events over the course of the medical school's first 150 years.

Compiled and edited by Lilli Sentz, former Curator of the History of Medicine Collection.

Print copies are held at the University at Buffalo. Check WorldCat to locate additional copies at other libraries.

Batt, R. (1996). Another era : a pictorial history of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1846-1996 / Ronald Elmer Batt [and others]. The Donning Co.

Print copies of this book can be found in the History of Medicine Collection and in the University Archives. Check WorldCat to locate additional copies at other libraries.

Digital Collections

There are 120 Digital Collections. This is a selection of collections relating to the history of the medical school. Other collections, like alumni publications and student newspapers, may also provide useful information.

Buffalo Medical Journal Available through Hathi Trust Digital Library starting with Vol. 1 in 1846 and ending with Vol. 74 in 1918.

Buffalo Physician Magazine Read issues from 1967-2003. Published by the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and the Office of Publications. Geared towards alumni, friends, and the community. From 2004 forward, it was published online. In 2010, the name changed to UB Medicine Magazine.

Frances Proctor Ames Collection Dr. Ames was one of first known female graduates, obtaining her medical degree from UB in 1885. The collection includes letters and other correspondence, prescriptions, and even her medical thesis.

Medical Newspaper Clippings, 1901-1906

Portraits from the Buffalo Academy of Medicine

Portraits from the Buffalo Surgical Society

University at Buffalo Yearbooks The school yearbook from 1898-1907 and 1920-1932 was called The Iris. 1934 was the last year for a university-wide yearbook. That year, the yearbook was called The Buffalonian. The yearbooks from 1899-1907, 1920-1932, and 1934 have been digitized. The History of Medicine Collection includes print versions of these yearbooks, along with most of the medical/dental school and medical school yearbooks that followed.

William B. Mann Papers, 1803-1891 Dr. Mann graduated with his M.D. from UB in 1861 and was an assistant surgeon in the US Navy during the Civil War. He later practiced medicine in Brockport, NY.

The Work of a Country Doctor: Digitized Notebooks, Photographs, and Ephemera of Doctor Homer T. Jackson, M.D. A UB graduate, Dr. Jackson practiced medicine in rural Verona, NY.

Oral Interviews

Brenda K. Shelton conducted four oral interviews with people connected to the medical school in 1978 and 1979.

Eugenia Fronczak Bukowska Class of 1928 and medical doctor in Buffalo, NY. Topics include her father, also a doctor and UB graduate, her background, and challenges women faced entering the profession.

Thurber Lewin Ophthalmologist and UB faculty member. He spoke about his memories of UB.

Maxwell Lockie UB Alumnus and faculty member for over thirty years. Served as the Head of the Division of Therapeutics. The focus of the interview was his education, career, and research.

Oliver Perry Jones Chair and professor in the Department of Anatomy and a UB medical school graduate. He discussed his background and education, as well as his views on the medical school's relationship with area hospitals and the school's move to the Main Street Campus in 1953.

History of Medicine Collections

There are 18 History of Medicine record collections. These include collections of medical instruments, manuscripts from local doctors, and materials related to the history of the School of Medicine. Some of these collections are on display at the collection located in the lower level of the Abbott Hall Library. Search or browse on the History of Medicine Collections site.