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The Compass: newsletter from the Department of Geography

 Collection — Envelope: 1
Identifier: 22-12-00-2

Scope and Contents

Print and digital copies of the 2005-2008 issues of The Compass, the Department of Geography's newsletter. Also includes digital copies of the 2011-2019 issues.


  • 2005-2019

Terms of Access and Use

The Compass: newsletter from the Department of Geography, 2005-2019 is open to researchers.

Special Viewing Instructions

Access to digital material provided via the University Archives Digital Archives online repository.


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.

Historical Note

When the Department of Geography's founding chair, Charles H.V. Ebert came to the University of Buffalo, he noticed that there was no standalone department for the study of geography. Rather, it was subsumed by the Department of Geology. Seeing that only two other New York State institutions offered Ph.D. programs in geography, Ebert approached chancellor Clifford Furnas with the idea of forming a geology program.

In the fall of 1963, Geography became its own standing department, though it only had two geographers, one graduate assistant, and ten undergraduate students. By its 25th anniversary celebration in 1989, the department had expanded to include 18 faculty, 100 undergraduate students, 60 master's students, and around 26 Ph.D. candidates.

The Department of Geography began delivering departmental updates in the form of a newsletter in 1995. In 2005, The Compass began as the department's official newsletter, which is now published online on the Department of Geography website.


1.2 Linear Feet (1 envelope)

0.04 Gigabytes (12 files)

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Print and digital copies of the Department of Geography's newsletter.


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Acquisition Information

Print issues of The Compass were collected by Archives staff. Digital issues were collected via internet download in April 2022 as accession 2022-019-BD.

Accruals and Additions

Accruals are expected as new issues are released.

Processing Information

Processed by Archives staff; digital material processed by Grace Trimper, April 2022, finding aid encoded by Grace Trimper, April 2022.

This collection was processed in accordance with the University Archives processing guidelines/policies.

Finding Aid for The Compass: newsletter from the Department of Geography
Finding aid prepared by Grace Trimper
11 April 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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