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HIS301: Historical Writing: UB & WWII

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

UB & World War II - An Introduction

During World War II, the University at Buffalo (then a private school known as the "University of Buffalo") participated in the war effort like many other colleges and universities across the United States. Material in the University Archives can reveal insight into UB's culture, and the issues faced by UB, at the time of the Second World War.


Four members of the 3215th Service Command Unit of the Army Specialized Training Program standing outside the School of Medicine Building at 24 High Street, circa 1944. #UA_80B_13

War publication, circa 1944. #RG5-3-30_5_8_002

A tribute in the Buffalonian yearbook to UB students who joined the armed forces, 1943. #RG9-6-00-2_1943_067

Army Air Cadets of the 23rd College Detachment in line in the Norton Union (now Harriman Hall) cafeteria, July 1943. #UA_80B_7

Buffalonian yearbook images, including "Wedding a la Militaire" newlyweds leaving Norton Union (now Harriman Hall), circa 1944. #RG9-0-00-2_1944_092

"War production training for the high school graduate at the University of Buffalo's School of Business Administration" publication. #RG5-3-30_6_3_006

Online Resources

Use the following resources to supplement your primary source research.

  • UB and World War II guide - Information on military programs at UB
  • UB Digital Collections
    • Buffalonian yearbooks - Click on yearbooks 1941-1945 to get a glimpse into student life during this time
  • Finding Aids database
    • Finding aids are documents that describe/list the items in archival collections
    • Navigate to the link to conduct a search for a subject or topic to reveal relevant collections in the University Archives
    • If you see the description of an item you would like to view, contact
  • UB Bee (1921-1950) via NYS Historic Newspapers
    • Full-text searchable database, allowing you browse issues of the Bee, 1921-1950
    • Navigate to the search bar to conduct an advanced search

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 DatabaseIf you see the description of an item you would like to view, contact