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Canadian-American Studies Committee records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 50-1-1428

Scope and Contents

Collection contains analog and digital reports of the Canadian-American Studies Committee concerning the Canadian Studies Program Enhancement Grant and the growth and interest of the study of Canada at the University at Buffalo, particularly through the development of the Canadian-American Studies Committee, the Canadian Studies Academic Program, the Canada-United States Trade Center, and the Canada-United States Legal Studies Center, 2002-2011. This collection also includes a copy of the Canadian Geographical Journal, Vol. IV, No. 5, from May 1932.


  • 1932-2011
  • Majority of material found within 2002-2011


Terms of Access and Use

The Canadian-American Studies Committee records, 1932-2011, are open to researchers.


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

The Canadian-American Studies Committee was managed by the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office at the University at Buffalo circa 1987-2011. The Canadian-American Studies Committee was involved in coordinating, supporting, sponsoring, and carrying-out instructional and service activities related to Canada with the goal of stimulating scholarly research and an awareness of Canada in the University at Buffalo community. The Committee was comprised of an interdisciplinary group of University at Buffalo faculty and was supported by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Government of Canada.

From 1981-1982 the similarly named Canadian-American Center was headquartered at the Darwin D. Martin House was established to focus on the contemporary dynamics of relations between the United States and Canada. President Ketter proposed its creation in May 1980. It was formally dedicated on June 5, 1981. The Canadian-American Studies Committee was not established until after the conclusion of the Canadian-American Center.

Biographical Note

Dr. H. Lorraine Oak earned her PhD from Macquarie University in Australia, 1982, then went on to serve in multiple roles at the State University of New York at Buffalo: Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, 1984-1996; Associate for Program Development, Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Education, 1987-1992; Assistant Vice Provost for Research, 1992-1993; Deputy to the Provost, 1993-1996; Associate Dean for Interdisciplinary Affairs, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biological Sciences, 1996-2000; Associate Dean for Research Administration, College of Arts and Sciences 2000- circa 2023. Dr. Oak also served as Chair of the Canadian-American Studies Committee in the College of Arts and Sciences, 2001-2011.


0.63 Linear Feet (1 manuscript and 1 half manuscript box.)

0.043 Gigabytes (28 files, 12 folders)

Language of Materials



Analog and digital records of the Canadian-American Studies Committee. The bulk of records are dated 2002-2011.


Collection is organized chronologically. Digital materials have been placed into the ‘Canadian Studies Program Enhancement Grant, 2002-2011’ series based on their content. No other changes have been made to the original arrangement, structure, or naming of the files.

Acquisition Information

The Canadian-American Studies Committee records were transferred to University Archives by Dr. H. Lorraine Oak, in February 2023 as accession #2023-001.


Temporary and deleted files were removed from this collection, according to the Library’s digital preservation and privacy policies.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected.

Processing Information

Processed by Jessica Hollister, February 2023; digital material processed by Grace Trimper, May 2023. Finding aid encoded by Jessica Hollister, February 2023.

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

Digital files created by the Canadian-American Studies Committee were transferred to the University Archives on storage media including floppy disks, compact disks, and USB thumb drives. Where possible, digital content saved on storage media was migrated from the storage media, normalized to standard preservation and access formats, and transferred to a stable preservation environment following the University Libraries' Digital Preservation guidelines. Some folder titles were altered and file arrangement reorganized to assist researchers in locating and identifying digital content. File names were altered to include the collection name at the beginning of the original file name. For a list of original file names, refer to the file manifests of each folder.

Some files have been redacted to protect personal identifiable information in accordance with federal regulations and UB Libraries policies.

The original file structure has been maintained; duplicate files have not been deleted.


Finding Aid for the Canadian-American Studies Committee records
Finding aid prepared by Jessica Hollister
2023 February 03
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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