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University at Buffalo Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Web Archive

Identifier: 11-2-1398

Scope and Contents

Web sites are by nature at risk. Web sites created in response to unanticipated events, whether natural or man-made, are especially ephemeral. Content may be created, updated, removed or deleted with no notice. The web sites are often taken down once the event or crisis has passed.

The university’s COVID-19 Information web site is an example of a web site created in response to a global health pandemic. The web site is used to communicate with UB students, parents, faculty, and staff; to share news, bulletins, and answer Frequently Asked Questions. The university also uses this web site to share authoritative sources of information with the UB community.

The university also adapted existing web sites in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples include the university’s administrative gateway, used by Human Resources to share information relevant to faculty and staff; UBNow, a daily newsletter for sharing information and news with faculty and staff; and the News Center, which provides official UB news, information for the media, and links to articles in mass media about UB.

Please note that this collection is meant to be a sample of the university's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is by no means comprehensive.

University at Buffalo Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Web Archive



  • 2020-2022


Conditions Governing Access

The University at Buffalo COVID-19 Web Site collection, 2022022 is open to researchers.


Copyright is held by The State University of New York at Buffalo, University Archives. 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.

Historical Note

University at Buffalo web sites are selected for inclusion based on relevance to the university’s response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Subsequently the virus has spread around the world. The first local (Erie County) confirmed case of COVID-19 was reported March 14, 2020. The first case of an individual from the UB community was reported March 18, 2020. The university’s COVID-19 Information web site was published the first week of March 2020 and new and existing university web sites have since been created or updated to include information about the university’s response to COVID-19.


39 Gigabytes (14 web pages (404 web archive files), 56 files)

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A collection of web sites that relate to the operation of the university in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, web sites that document the communication efforts of the university to the wider university community, web sites that document policies created and implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and web sites that complement the University Archives’ existing collecting areas including student publications.


Web crawls are organized in groups (series) by web site. Within each series web crawls are arranged chronologically by date of capture.

Acquisition Information

The University Archives began capturing the web sites in this collection on a regular basis on March 19, 2020. Websites were crawled regularly using the Heretrix web crawler. Some sites were crawled using Webrecorder. Detailed information about the web crawl schedule is located in the accrual information of each series.

Accruals and Additions

Additional accruals are expected during the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Condition Description

Quality assurance was performed on the web archive files on a weekly basis. Known QA issues include failure to capture linked images as well as embedded videos hosted by YouTube. See the collection policy for additional information on technical limitations of the Heretrix web crawler.

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah Cogley and Grace Trimper, 2020-2022.


University at Buffalo Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Web Archive
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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