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Historical Bases of American Higher Education: Archival Resources: Searching

A guide to primary resources about the history of higher education from the UB University Archives
Last Updated: Feb 19, 2024 12:04 PM

Searching for Material in Archives

Information about our collections can be found in four places:

  • Collections by Topic

    • University Archives has several subject concentrations. Resources for major topics can be searched such as "student life," "publications," and "ephemera." 
  • Finding Aids

    • Finding aids serve as detailed guides to collection contents and include descriptions beyond what is offered in the library catalog. A portion of our archival collections have finding aids.
  • Catalog

    • The Libraries Catalog contains brief records for archives collections (creator, title, dates, summary, and subjects). Some records contain links to finding aids (detailed collection descriptions) and/or online content.
    • Advanced searches limited to Special Collections will yield primary sources found ONLY in the University Archives and other special collections.
  • Digital Collections

    • A portion of our collections has been digitized and is available online.

Access to collections is open to researchers with these exceptions:

  • Collections stored off-site or at the Libraries Annex require 3 business days’ notice to ensure retrieval. Contact University Archives at 716- 645-2916 or to schedule an appointment.
  • Unprocessed collections may be opened for research with permission and prior review by the University Archivist.
  • Records that contain sensitive personal information are restricted in order to protect individual privacy. Certain administrative records are restricted in accordance with University policy. Collections with restricted information are noted as such.