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Millard Fillmore Commemoration Event collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 4-1-458

Scope and Contents

Invitations, clippings, event programs, and speech transcripts (incomplete) for the annual Millard Fillmore Commemoration event held at Fillmore's grave site in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, New York. Coverage of speech transcripts is roughly 1960-2009.


  • 1960-2019

Terms of Access and Use

Millard Fillmore Commemoration Event collection is open for research.


Copyright is held by The State University of New York at Buffalo. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns. Researchers must obtain the written permission of the holder(s) of copyright and the University Archives before publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Historical Note

From 1937 until the death of Irving R. Templeton (UB Class of 1909) in 1965, the anniversary ceremonies on the birthdate of Millard Fillmore were a cooperative staging by the City of Buffalo with the Buffalo Board of Education. Templeton was a partner in the law offices of Templeton, Turnabull and Templeton, and administered the series in City Hall and at Forest Lawn, resulting in two programs annually on or near January 7.

Following Templeton’s death, responsibility for the event shifted to the University through an agreement between Chancellor Clifford C. Furnas and Al E. Kirchhofer, Editor of the Buffalo News. Although UB participated in programming prior to Templeton’s death, the 1966 event marks the official UB beginning of the tradition. Special programming has been scheduled and conducted annually at the grave site by the University, and has included luncheons in 1976 and 1977, as well as a special commemorative brunch hosted by the Buffalo Club marking the 200th anniversary of Fillmore’s birth in 2000.

The UB tradition has a senior university administrator deliver a brief memorial address as part of the ceremony, which also features the laying of wreaths, playing if taps, and introduction of special guests. The Vice President for University Relations and the Office of Public Affairs programmed the event from 1966 to 1987, after which the Office of Special Events took over the assignment.


.8 Linear Feet (2 manuscript boxes)

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Invitations, clippings, and speech transcripts (incomplete) for the annual Millard Fillmore Commemoration event.



Acquisition Information

A portion of the Millard Fillmore Commemoration Event collection was transferred to University Archives by the Office of Public Affairs, in August, 1985 as accession 85-081. Additional records were collected by University Archives staff; documentation of the event is added on an annual basis in January every year.

Accruals and Additions

Further accruals are expected.

Processing Information

Processed by Archives staff, date unrecorded; finding aid encoded by Amy Vilz, May 2019.


Finding Aid for the Millard Fillmore Commemoration Event collection
Finding aid prepared by Amy Vilz
05 May 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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