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Bruce A. Kolesnick World University Games collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 3-4-1408

Scope and Contents

Collection contains ephemera and memorabilia as well as audiovisual material as collected by Bruce A. Kolesnick during his work as special assistant to UB's executive director of the 1993 World University Games. The majority of materials are concerning the 1993 World University Games held in Buffalo, New York, with some material concerning the 1991 Games in Sheffield, England. Many artifacts contain the logos of the Federation Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU) and the World University Games.

Of notable interest is a copy of a 1991 United States Senate Congressional Record concerning the 1993 World University Games to be held in Buffalo, New York.


  • 1990-2004

Terms of Access and Use

The Bruce A. Kolesnick World University Games collection, 1990-2004, 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

The World University Games, also known as Universiade, is an international athletic, educational, and cultural festival held every two years at different International cities since 1959, and organized by Federation Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU). In 1993, the World University Games was held in Buffalo, New York, at the University at Buffalo. It was the first time the Games were held in the United States. The Greater Buffalo Athletic Corporation (GBAC) was formed in 1988 to bid for the games for Buffalo, and was awarded to host the games in 1989 by FISU.

The World University games are the largest summer athletic event held bi-annually since 1923 in non-Olympic years. Usually university athletes compete in 12 different events while the Commission Pour L'Etude du Sport (CESU) and International Sports Higher Education Conference are held to bring together scholars in sport and physical education, and to promote its cultural literacy and exchange.

Biographical Note

Druing the 1980s, Bruce A. Kolesnick worked in radio at Buffalo's WEBR, where he was host of "Weekend at Your Service." In 1986, he joined WBFO-FM—the local National Public Radio station, where he served a news director, and later, general manager.

In 1991, Kolesnick was appointed special assistant to UB's executive director of the World University Games. At the conclusion of the Games in 1993, Kolesnick joined the Office of Conference and Special Events (later known as the Office of University Events) as their associate director for marketing and programs.


7.88 Linear Feet (2 cartons, 1 half manuscript box, 1 flat box, and 1 map case folder)

Language of Materials




1993 World University Games materials collected by Bruce A. Kolesnick.


The collection is arranged by material type.

Acquisition Information

The Bruce A. Kolesnick World University Games collection was gifted to University Archives by Mary Ellen Kolesnick (Bentivogli), in September, 2021 as accession #2021-016.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Jessica Hollister, May 2023; finding aid encoded by Jessica Hollister, May 2023.


Finding Aid for the Bruce A. Kolesnick World University Games collection
Jessica Hollister
2023 May 08
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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