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Young Men's Association of the City of Buffalo records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-0185

Scope and Contents

Collection includes annual reports, bylaws, library catalog, and lectures of the Young Men's Association, in Buffalo, New York, and annual reports, lecture, and member's identification card from The Buffalo Library.


  • 1837-1889


Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

Young Men's Association of the City of Buffalo records, 1837-1889 are open for research.


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 Young Men's Association was established in Buffalo, New York on February 22, 1836, "for mutual improvement in literature and science." For the first 25 years it was the only public literary institution and gave rise to the Buffalo Historical Society, the Fine Arts Academy, and the Society of Natural Sciences. In 2010, these organizations are the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and the Buffalo Museum of Science. In 1886, the Association changed its name to The Buffalo Library. In 1897, through a contract with the City it became the Buffalo Public Library, today known as the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library.


.63 Linear Feet (1 manuscript box; 1 half manuscript box)


Collection includes annual reports, bylaws, lectures, and catalog of the Young Men's Association in Buffalo, New York.


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Acquisition Information

Collection was donated as part of the MS 170, YMCA Buffalo Niagara records John Murray, President/CEO, in May 2010, and separated during processing in November 2010.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.


The Buffalo Library and Its Building.Buffalo, 1887. [Archives Z 733 B928 Oversize]
Fess, Margaret Richmond. The Grosvenor Library and Its Times.Buffalo, 1956. [Archives Z 881 B91 F3]
Goldberg, Arthur. The Buffalo Public Library 1836-1936.Buffalo, 1937. [Archives Z 733 B931G]

Processing Information

Processed by Karen Spencer, November 2010.


Finding Aid for the Young Men's Association of the City of Buffalo records
Finding aid prepared by Karen Spencer.
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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Buffalo New York 14260-1674 US
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