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Business Affairs vertical file

Identifier: 6-H-VF

Scope and Contents

This vertical file is not comprehensive; it is comprised of ad hoc material collected over time by University Archives staff. Vertical files are often used by researchers as a "first stop" and serve as an orientation to the topic at hand.

The Business Affairs vertical file contains administrative histories regarding the financial matters of the university. Administrative histories are useful as they generally contain citations to other sources, such as minutes, articles, etc., held in University Archives.

The bulk of the vertical file is comprised of clippings, focusing on budgetary issues, and publications, mainly regarding services for faculty and staff of the private University of Buffalo through to the post-merger State University of New York at Buffalo.


  • circa 1950-2010

Terms of Access and Use

The Business Affairs vertical file 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.

Historical Note

Prior to 1920, the various departments conducted most of the business affairs of the University of Buffalo, with ultimate financial authority residing with the University Council. The Treasurer, an officer of the University Council, handled only those few accounts that affected the University as a whole.

In practice, the Council delegated most of its financial authority to the Committee on General Administration. Between meetings of the Council, the Committee could exercise the full power of the Council. It was specifically responsible for the preparation of the tentative yearly budget and could authorize changes in that budget during the year.

The centralization of financial affairs came because of what was known as the “Greater University Movement” (circa 1905-1920). Its supporters envisioned the “creation of some kind of college of high character around which the University’s professional schools should be grouped, and the whole reorganized and compacted into one efficient organization” (Letter of Charles P. Norton, Council minutes, October 11, 1918). This reorganization included the centralization of the business affairs of the University under one chief financial officer.

Similar to other administrative units, Business Affairs has been restructured on multiple occasions throughout the University’s history, from its beginnings as a private institution, to its merger with the State University of New York.


1 Linear Feet (file cabinet drawer)

Language of Materials



Contains administrative histories, clippings, reports, and miscellaneous printed material regarding the financial management and affairs of the University.


H. Administrative History

G. Clippings (mainly by topic, A to Z)

0. Publications

6. Human Resources (Personnel Department)

Acquisition Information

Material in the Business Affairs vertical file was collected by University Archives staff. Periodically, documentation is added to the collection.

Accruals and Additions

Further accruals are expected.

Processing Information

Processed by Amy Vilz, February 2020; finding aid encoded by Amy Vilz, February 2020.


Finding Aid for the Business Affairs vertical file
Finding aid prepared by Amy Vilz
13 February 2020
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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