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Department of Chemistry records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 50-8-1436

Scope and Contents

The Department of Chemistry records consists of administrative and departmental documentation, with particular focus on the graduate program. Of notable interest are the Annual Reports, Self Studies, Graduate Program Reviews, and photographic material, including digital images.


  • 1957-2014


Terms of Access and Use

The Department of Chemistry records, 1957-2014, are open to researchers.


Some Annual Reports and Graduate Program Reviews may contain student information.

Researchers are advised: the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals without the consent of those individuals may have legal cause for action if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person. Researchers agree to make no notes or other recordation of privacy protected information if found within the archival collections, and further agree not to publish, publicize, or disclose such information to any other party for any purpose if found within the archival collections.

Researchers agree to indemnify and hold harmless the University at Buffalo and its officers, employees, and agents from and against all suits, claims, actions, and expenses arising out of use of archival collections held by the University at Buffalo.


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

In 1915, the Department of Chemistry was formed at the University at Buffalo (formerly known as the University of Buffalo). As of 2023, the Department of Chemistry consists of more than 30 full-time faculty, 150 graduate students, and 350 undergraduate students.

The Department of Chemistry was under the governance of the College of Arts and Sciences, 1915-1967, the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, 1967-1998, and again the College of Arts and Sciences, 1998-present. Over the course of its history, the Department was located in Foster Hall, followed by the Edward Goodrich Acheson Hall of Chemistry (later known as the Pharmacy Building), and finally the Natural Sciences Complex on the North Campus.


6.26 Linear Feet (15 manuscript boxes)

Language of Materials



Department of Chemistry records.


This collection is arranged into four series: Series I. Annual Reports, 1959-2011; Series II. Minutes, 1976-2007; Series III. Subject files, 1957-2014; Series IV. Photographs, slides, and digital images, 1957-2011. Series III. is further arranged alphabetically.

Born-digital materials are integrated into their corresponding series based on content. The original order of the files is retained.

Acquisition Information

The Department of Chemistry records were transferred to University Archives by Caitlynn Strong, Department Administrator, in July 2022 as accession #2022-042. Additional records were transferred to University Archives February-March 2023 as accessions #2023-002 and #2023-009.

Accruals and Additions

Further accruals are expected.

Separated Materials

Faculty files for James Atwood, Paras Prasad, T. Beachley Jr., Joseph Tufariello, Harry King. Also separated were removed and added to the University Archives Biographical Files. Oversize photographs of Department of Chemistry chairs were added to the University Archives Photograph collection.

Processing Information

Annalog material processed by William Offhaus and Jessica Hollster; finding aid encoded by Jessica Hollister, June 2023. Digital material processed by Grace Trimper.
This collection was processed in accordance with the University Archives processing guidelines/policies.
Digital files created by the Department of Chemistry were transferred to the University Archives on storage media including CDs and floppy disks. 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.


Finding Aid for the Department of Chemistry records
In Progress
Finding aid prepared by Jessica Hollister
24 May 2023
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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