About Special Collections
Special Collections includes four units: The Poetry Collection, University Archives, Rare & Special Books and The Robert L. Brown History of Medicine Collection. Housed separately from the Libraries’ regular collections, the rich literary and historical materials found in these collections make them invaluable to researchers and a distinguished part of the university.
The Poetry Collection is the library of record for 20th- and 21st-century poetry in English. Founded in 1937 by Charles Abbott, the Poetry Collection now holds one of the world’s largest collections of poetry first editions and other titles, little literary magazines, broadsides and anthologies; a substantial collection of artworks; and more than 150 archives and manuscript collections from a wide range of poets, presses, magazines and organizations.
The University Archives, established in 1964 by President Clifford C. Furnas, is the repository of the historically valuable records of the State University of New York at Buffalo and its predecessor, the University of Buffalo (1846-1962). Digital records in the University Archives provide documentary evidence in the same way that traditional paper records do. The Archives collects records of all academic departments at UB, all university and student publications, and pursues the private papers of administrators, faculty members, and other individuals closely associated with the University. Rich historical collections complement the current or past research interests of faculty or document regional organizations and events.
Terms of Access
Manuscript collections may contain sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state “right to privacy” laws (including but not limited to medical, financial, or other personal data). Staff has taken care to identify and, in some cases, remove Personally Identifiable Information found within its archival collections. However, privacy protected information may be revealed during use of the archival collections, particularly in those collections that are unprocessed or have been minimally processed. Researchers agree to make no notes or other recordation of privacy protected information if found within the archival collections, and further agree not to publish, publicize, or disclose such information to any other party for any purpose. Researchers agree to indemnify and hold harmless the University at Buffalo and its officers, employees, and agents from and against all suits, claims, actions, and expenses arising out of use of archival collections held by the University at Buffalo.