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Upstate New York Chapter, Special Libraries Association records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-0151

Scope and Contents

Upstate New York Chapter, Special Libraries Association Records, 1937-2010 (bulk 1945-2000) contains materials of historical importance regarding the Upstate New York Chapter, Special Libraries Association Records. Records are both evidential and informational. Evidential records document the life span of the organization - its organization and development, its functions, and its activities. Informational records provide information about aspects such as officer files, project documents, and committee meetings for example. This collection includes relevant correspondence, policy items, publications including bulletins and newsletters, reports and minutes, rosters of officers and members, by-laws, photographs, procedure manuals, awards and citations, and materials related to specific chapter activities.


  • 1937-2014
  • Majority of material found within 1945-2000

Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

Upstate New York Chapter, Special Libraries Association Records, 1937-2014 (bulk 1945-2000) are open for research.


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 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

The Upstate New York Chapter of the Special Libraries Association was officially created on March 23, 1945 as the Western New York Chapter encompassing the greater Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse areas. The chapter's first president was Robert W. Christ. Chapter officers are nominated and elected prior to the start of each new year. Members from different organizations and institutions travel across the state for various conferences on topics related to special libraries, as well as tour local businesses, factories, and other sites. The chapter continues to provide professional development programming and networking opportunities for special librarians and information professionals across New York State.


8.34 Linear Feet (19 manuscript boxes, 1 card file box)


Collection consists of records from the Upstate New York Chapter, Special Libraries Association from 1937 to 2004. The materials reflect the organization and development of the chapter, as well as its functions and activities in the materials regarding various committees, projects, and publications.


This collection is arranged in seven series.

  1. Administration
  2. Leadership
  3. Committees
  4. Projects
  5. Publications
  6. Associated Organizations
  7. Miscellaneous

Acquisition Information

Upstate New York Chapter, Special Libraries Association Records, 1937-2014 (bulk 1945-2000) were donated by Rachelle Petrella in November 2006.

Accruals and Additions

Accruals are not expected to this collection.

Processing Information

Inventoried and processed by Chapter archivist Ben Wagner, August 2015. Finding aid updated by Matthew Oliver, April 2016.

Finding Aid for Upstate New York Chapter, Special Libraries Association Records
Finding aid created by Archives staff.
April 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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Buffalo New York 14260-1674 US
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