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HIS301: Historical Writing: Black & African American-centered collections

Navigating the University Archives for students in HIS301
Last Updated: Jan 8, 2024 4:09 PM

Black and African American-Centered Collections - An Introduction

Collections in the University Archives by or about Black and African American people and organizations in Western New York can be categorized into fours types. Please click on the collection types below to reveal examples.

E.g., Lydia T. Wright papers - Records of Dr. Lydia T. Wright, first black member of the Buffalo Board of Education, concerning desegregation of the Buffalo Public Schools, 1883-1968

E.g., Frank P. Besag papers - Interviews of individuals who witnessed the civil unrest in Buffalo during the summer of 1967

E.g., Department of African American Studies records - Departmental correspondence, reports, and clippings, 1967-1998

E.g., The Black Student Union Periodical Collection - Digitized BSU periodicals, 1969-1979


Dr. Joseph Robert Love, the first known black graduate of the School of Medicine, circa 1880. Taken from biographical file.

Malcolm X debating with Rev. Clarence Hillard to a UB audience, April 24, 1963. #AVC_D91_44_001

Angela Davis' Distinguished Speakers Series and Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration address, February 27, 2019. #RG 11-6-1410

Michigan Avenue Y.M.C.A. Certificate of Award to Arthur O. Eve, circa 1967. #MS-0004

Dr. Lydia T. Wright at an event. #MS-0015

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Kleinhans Music Hall, November 9, 1967 #UA015-martin-luther-king-01

Spectrum article about activist Martin Sostre, March 1, 1972. Spectrum Vol 22. No. 60., page 1.

Online Resources

Use the following resources to supplement your primary source research.


Recommended Collections

Please use these recommend resources to identify a collection or primary source of interest for your project. You can also conduct your own keyword search via our Finding Aids Database. If you see the description of an item you would like to view, contact