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Guide to Research Using Special Collections

Guide to conducting research in University Archives, The Poetry Collection, Rare and Special Books, and History of Medicine. Questions should be directed to Marie Elia, Archivist for Special Collections: eliam@buffalo.edu.
Last Updated: Apr 11, 2024 1:03 PM

THE POETRY COLLECTION
Collections by Creator
The Poetry Collection holds more than 150 archival and manuscript collections representing writers and publishers.

Finding Aids
Finding aids serve as detailed guides to collection contents and include descriptions beyond what is offered in the library catalog. Most Poetry Collection materials have finding aids; if there is not a finding aid, contact the Collection for more information.

Catalog
The Libraries Catalog is where to search for books and chapbooks of poetry as well as the extensive collection of poetry periodicals. It also displays collection-level records for archives and manuscript material (creator, title, dates, summary, and subjects), including links to finding aids.

Digital Collections
Some Poetry Collection materials have been digitized and are available online.

James Joyce Collection
A detailed catalog of the collection as well as a digital collection are available online.
RARE AND SPECIAL BOOKS
Catalog
The Rare and Special Books collection is searchable in the UB Libraries catalog. The catalog also displays collection-level records for manuscript material (creator, title, dates, summary, and subjects), including links to finding aids.

Finding Aids
Finding aids serve as detailed guides to collection contents and include descriptions beyond what is offered in the library catalog. Rare and Special Books includes some manuscript collections.

Digital Collections
Some materials have been digitized and are available online.
UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES
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 University Archives archival collections have finding aids.

Catalog
The Libraries Catalog displays collection-level records for archives and manuscript material (creator, title, dates, summary, and subjects), including links to finding aids.

Digital Collections
A portion of University Archives collections has been digitized and is available online.
ROBERT L. BROWN HISTORY OF MEDICINE COLLECTION
Manuscript Collections
Search manuscript collections by topic and creator.

Finding Aids
Finding aids serve as detailed guides to collection contents and include descriptions beyond what is offered in the library catalog.

Catalog
The collection holds a number of historical medical texts, searchable in the Libraries catalog. The catalog also displays collection-level records for manuscript material (creator, title, dates, summary, and subjects), including links to finding aids.

Digital Collections
Some materials have been digitized and are available online:

Edgar R. McGuire Historical Medical Instrument Collection
Historical artifacts from the UB School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Science