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Steven B. Sample speeches and remarks

Identifier: 4-12-1153

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the speeches and remarks given by Steven B. Sample while President of the State University of New York at Buffalo. Events where these speeches and remarks were given include commencements, building dedications, dinners, receptions and government hearings.

Special note of titled speeches include:

“Liberal Arts in a Technological Age,” Box 17

“Choosing Excellence,” Box 23

“Whence Come and Wither Go the Liberal Arts and Sciences,” Box 33

“The Use and Beauty of the Humanities,” Box 38

“Looking Back, Looking Forward,” Box 43


  • 1982-1991


Terms of Access and Use

Steven B. Sample speeches and remarks are open to researchers.


Copyright of 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 University Archives before requesting photocopies and/or publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Once permission is obtained, 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.


17 Linear Feet (37 manuscript boxes, 6 half manuscript boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection contains the speeches and remarks given by Steven B. Sample while president of the State University of New York at Buffalo. Sample was President from 1982-1991.



Acquisition Information

The speeches and remarks contained in this collection were transferred to the University Archives by the Office of the President in two accessions: July 1991 (accession 91-019) and November 2009 (accession number unrecorded).

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected.

Processing Information

Processed by William Offhaus, 2009; finding aid encoded by Amy Vilz, June 2019.


Finding Aid for Steven B. Sample speeches and remarks
Finding aid prepared by William Offhaus
13 June 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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