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Last Updated: Apr 19, 2024 2:27 PM

Searching for Material in Archives

Information about University Archives collections can be found in five places:

  • Collections by Topic.
    • The University Archives has several subject concentrations.  Resources for certain topics can be searched, such as "student life," "publications," and "ephemera."
  • Finding Aids.
    • Finding aids serve as detailed guides to a collection's contents and include descriptions beyond what is offered in the library catalog.  Finding aids include background information about the collection (types of material, dates, size, terms of access, etc.) and a folder-level listing of that collection's contents.  A portion of our archival collections have online finding aids.  Researchers can search our online finding aids here.
    • For assistance with searching for or navigating online finding aids, please see the Guide to Research Using Special Collections.
  • Research Guides.
    • Guides to commonly researched topics in University at Buffalo history and guides that highlight major collecting areas within the University Archives.  The research guides provide background information and lists of collections related to a given topic.  They also include information on conducting research in the University Archives.
  • Catalog.
    • The Libraries Catalog contains brief records for University Archives collections (creator, title, dates, summary and subjects).  Some records contain links to online finding aids (detailed collection descriptions) and/or online content.
  • Digital Collections.
    • A portion of our collections has been digitized and is available online.
    • Digitized versions of UB student newspapers The Bee, Argus, The Spectrum, U of B Spectrum and The Official Student Publication of the University of Buffalo can be found on the New York State Historic Newspapers site.