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William R. Greiner photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 4-13-1278

Scope and Contents

Photographs, 1990-2005, of William R. Greiner as Provost and President of the State University of New York at Buffalo and other university events, arranged chronologically, showing Greiner and other participating in university commencements, dinners, dedications, meetings and other events. Of particular interest is coverage of the World University Games (WUGS), and Distinguished Speakers such as Bill Moyer, George H. Bush, John Glenn, Ken Burns, and Colin Powell.

Greiner was President from 1991-2004.


  • 1990-2005
  • Majority of material found within 1992-1996

Terms of Access and Use

The William R. Greiner Photographs, 1990-2005 [Bulk 1992-1996] 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

President William R. Greiner (1934-2009) joined the University at Buffalo law faculty in 1967 and shortly thereafter became chair of the Legal Studies Programs. In 1984, he was named UB's first University Provost. He served as interim president from March 1991 until his appointment as president by the Chancellor and Board of Trustees on September 25, 1991.

Greiner's accomplishments as president included creating numerous trans-disciplinary research centers and institutes; reaffirming the University's commitment to public service; streamlining student services and record enrollments; increasing exchange and study abroad programs; conducting a record-breaking capital campaign; constructing a series of student residential centers and other major construction projects; creating of Task Forces on Women and on Racial and Ethnic Diversity; and moving the UB football team to Division 1-A.

Greiner received the Chancellor Charles P. Norton Medal, the university's highest honor. In 2004, Greiner returned to teaching in the Law School until October 2009. William R. Greiner died in December 2009.


2.71 Linear Feet (6 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box)

Language of Materials



Photographs, 1990-2005, of university events under the leadership of President William R. Greiner.


The photos were identified prior to being deposited in the University Archives, and arranged chronologically according to these dates. Unidentified photographs are filed last.

Acquisition Information

The William R. Greiner photographs, 1990-2005 [Bulk 1992-1996] were transferred to the University Archives by the Office of the President, in August, 2011.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected.

Processing Information

Processed by Jennifer Cheney Laski, 2012; finding aid encoded by Rebecca Cobb, June 2019.

Finding Aid for the William R. Greiner photographs
Finding aid prepared by Jennifer Cheney Laski
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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