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Biography of a Class records

 Collection — Carton: 1-14
Identifier: 41-3-1101

Scope and Contents

Working files and transcripts of interviews from the Biography of a Class study.


  • 1966-1976


Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

Biography of a Class records, 1966-1976, are open for research.

Please note: This collection is stored off-site. Access to collection requires 3 business days’ notice. Contact University Archives at (716) 645-2916 or to schedule an appointment.


Copyright is held by The State University of New York at Buffalo, University Archives. Copyright of 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 Division of Instructional Services (later known as Student Testing and Research) was created to research and disseminate information about university research to the administration and faculty of the State University of New York at Buffalo. It was hoped that the Division of Instructional Service's research would provide information to help administration make decisions and would therefore lead to improved admissions, advisement, counseling, instructional practices and assessment practices.

The Biography of a Class study was the first major research initiative of the Division of Instructional Services. The major subject of the study was the students of the University at Buffalo. It endeavored to discover who the students were, what they believed in and what their attitudes toward the University at Buffalo were in order to direct attention to the characteristics, qualities and educational needs of members of present classes.

It was anticipated that this research would provide UB faculty and administration with detailed information about students, contribute to advances in statistical methodology, and provide other institutions of higher learning with models for research.


17.5 Linear Feet (14 cartons)


Working files and transcripts of interviews from the Biography of a Class research study.


The first five boxes of this collection contain working files from the study. These were maintained in the original order in which they were received by the University Archives. The remainder of the collection consists of transcripts of the student interviews arranged by interview tape number. All of each subject's transcripts for the ten year study have been filed together. Box 14 also contains a small box of index cards for the 1966 and 1967 interview groups. Each year has three sets of cards organized alphabetically, by student number and by person number.

Acquisition Information

Acquisition information unknown.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Related Resources

Biography of a Class Study
University Experience
Senior Survey

Processing Information

Collection processed by William Offhaus, November 2007.


Finding Aid for the Biography of a Class records
Finding aid prepared by William Offhaus.
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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