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Steven B. Sample inaugural files

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 4-12-773

Scope and Contents

Files concerning arrangements for the inauguration of Steven B. Sample as President of the State University of New York at Buffalo on October 12, 1982. Sample served from from 1982-1991. Includes scheduling, guest lists, committee minutes and correspondence, publicity, Sample’s inaugural address, and assorted ephemera.


  • 1982

Terms of Access and Use

Steven B. Sample inaugural files are open to researchers.


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.

Biographical Note

An electrical engineer who is known for his patents on various digital control panels including the touch pad on microwaves used all over the world, Sample became the University's twelfth President in 1982. He led the University to greater levels of recognition, as reflected in UB's election to the prestigious Association of American Universities.

After leaving the University at Buffalo in 1991, he became the tenth President of the University of Southern California. In 2001, Sample wrote The Contrarian's Guide to Leadership, voted as one of the top 10 business books of that year.

In 2004, the Sample received the "Chancellor's Medal," the most prestigious award given by the University bestowed to individuals whose accomplishments have greatly added to the prestige of the city of Buffalo and often to the University as well.


1 Linear Feet (1 manuscript box, 1 half manuscript box, 1 oversize folder)

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Inaugural files on University at Buffalo Steven B. Sample. Sample was President from 1982-1991.



Acquisition Information

The Steven B. Sample inaugural files were transferred to University Archives in multiple accessions: Office of the President (August 18, 1982 and August 28, 1991) and the Office of Public Affairs (October 19, 1982 and September 17, 1987).

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected.

Processing Information

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


Finding Aid for the Steven B. Sample inaugural files
Finding aid prepared by Archives staff
03 June 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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