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David A. Gerber papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 22-6F-782

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of the professional and personal correspondence of David A. Gerber spanning from 1973 to 2019. A small amount of correspondence is not written to or by Gerber, but rather was collected by him as it references notable occurrences in his career, and occurrences worthwhile to the history of the University at Buffalo. These include faculty letters recommending Gerber for Distinguished Professor.

Other topics of note:

1.3 WBFO Buffalo Social History Project

2.7 Plagiarism case

5.1-5.2 Heinz Kloss

5.5 Letters of UB faculty protesting the presentation of an honorary degree to Roald Dahl

6.12 Includes Russ Hodgson correspondence

6.23 Includes Donald Rumsfeld letter

6.24 Includes Erickson correspondence

6.25 Includes Susanna Garoni correspondence

6.28 UB Faculty and Staff for Peace

6.29 Faculty letters nominating David A. Gerber for Distinguished Professor

7.1 Book reviews, 1986-1989

7.2 Misc. publications correspondence, 1986-1994

7.3 Travel diaries, 1987-1988

7.4 Articles on teaching history, 1988-2019

7.5 UB clippings and ephemera (inlcudes Dalai Lama), 1990-2006

7.6 Correspondence, 1991-1993

7.7. Fulbright Program in Poland, 2004-2007

7.8 Museum of Disability History, 2011-2019

7.9 Organizaton of American Historians in China, 2013

7.10 Buffalo Humanities Festival, 2014

7.11 Heath Across Borders, 2014

7.12 Charles Haynie speech, 2015-2017

7.13 Buffalo State College Museum and Society Seminar on the Statue of Liberty Museum, 2019


  • 1973-2019


Terms of Access

The David A. Gerber papers, 1973-2019 is 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

David A. Gerber is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of History at the University at Buffalo. He was born in 1944 and earned his Pd.D. from Princeton University in 1971. Dr. Gerber’s research interests include American History writing in the mid-twentieth century and developmental disability.

Director Emeritus at the Center for Disability Studies and the College of Arts and Sciences, he also received the SUNY Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 1991. His other affiliations include National History Advisory Committee, Statue of Liberty Museum Project, Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Foundation; Board of Trustees, Association for a Buffalo Presidential Center; Board of Directors, Museum of disAbility History, Amherst, New York; Board of Advisers, Buffalo Jewish Archives Project; Editorial Board, Journal Of American Ethnic History; Organization Of American Historians; American Historical Association; Immigration And Ethnic History Society;and Society for Disability Studies.

*Information for this Biographical Note is from the University at Buffalo Department of History Emeritus Faculty webpage, accessed November, 2019.


3.34 Linear Feet (5 manuscript boxes, 1 carton)

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This collection comprises papers of David A. Gerber from his time as professor in the Department of History at the University at Buffalo. The bulk of the collection consists of includes personal and professional correspondence as well as materials related to the WBFO Buffalo Social History Project (1978), the visit of Khalid Muhammad of the Nation of Islam in 1994, and the protest against the presentation of honorary degree to Roald Dahl (1989).


The collection is arranged first chronologically, then by material type.

Acquisition Information

The David A. Gerber papers was gifted to University Archives by David A. Gerber in multiple accessions, 1991-1993 (#1991-017), 2008 (#2008-002), 2014 (#2014-013), 2016 (#2016-023), and 2021 (#2021-021).

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected.

Processing Information

1991 and 2008 accessions processed by Archives staff; 2014 and 2016 accessions processed by Jessica Hollister, 2019. Finding aid encoded by Jessica Hollister, 2019. Additional material processed and added to Box 7, and finding aid updated by Jessica Hollister, May 2023.


Finding aid for the David A. Gerber papers
Finding aid prepared by Jessica
2019 October 15
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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