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Steven B. Sample photographs, Part II

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 4-12-1275

Scope and Contents

Photographs of Steven B. Sample as University at Buffalo President, showing Sample at university events. Sample was President from 1982-1991. Photos include University commencements, dinners, building dedications, meetings, homecomings, local politicians and notables, sports, visitors, speakers, delegations, and other events. This a corollary collection to 4/12/969, Steven B. Sample photographs, Part I, which contains the vast majority of photos from Sample’s presidency with enhanced description of images. It is likely that this collection (4/12/1275) duplicates 4/12/969, at least in part.

Photographs are primarily 3 x 5 in. color prints, with some 4 x 6 and 5 x 7 enlargements.

Box 1, 1981-1989; includes Fisher Price, Service awards, Incubator, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Bruno Freschi reception, Carl Sagan, and Spanish delegation.

Box 2, 1989-1991; includes Service awards, Council black tie event, and English tea.

Box 3, undated; includes Singapore trip and unidentified events.


  • 1981-1991
  • Majority of material found within 1989-1991

Terms of Access and Use

Steven B. Sample photographs, Part II 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.


.8 Linear Feet (2 manuscript boxes)

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Photographs of Steven B. Sample as University at Buffalo President, showing Sample at university events. Sample was President from 1982-1991.



Acquisition Information

Steven B. Sample photographs, Part II were transferred to University Archives by the Office of the President, August 2011, accession number unrecorded.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected.

Processing Information

Processed by Jennifer Cheney Laski, January 2012; finding aid encoded by Amy Vilz, June 2019.


Finding Aid for the Steven B. Sample photographs, Part II
Finding aid prepared by Jennifer Cheney Laski
14 June 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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