Skip to Content

School of Pharmacy Alumni Association records

 Record Group — Box: 1-9
Identifier: 36-5-452

Scope and Contents

An open collection of materials from the School of Pharmacy, State University of New York at Buffalo's Alumni Association, 1889-1989; includes meeting minutes, photographs from reunions, commencements, class portraits.


  • 1889-1989


Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

School of Pharmacy Alumni Association records, 1889-1989 are open for research.


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 School of Pharmacy Alumni Association, founded in 1889, is the University at Buffalo's second-oldest alumni organization. An independent organization, the Alumni Association fund-raises, organizes, and pays for events separate from the University or the School of Pharmacy.

"The Alumni Association's main goal is to further the interest of the School of Pharmacy. In their first meeting minutes on March 27, 1889 it was written that: "The objects of the association shall be to further the interests of its Alma Mater, to bring its members into closer fellowship, to promote sociability and good feeling among them, and to assist in elevating the standards of Pharmacy."

(-- 1.1 Secretary's meeting minutes, 1889-1958)

Dean Willis Gregory ran the Association's first meetings until 1891 when the first president, William O. Jaeger, was elected. By 1912 the Association had grown to over 600 members.

One of the largest annual events organized by the Alumni Association is the Spring Clinic Day and Alumni Reunion Dinners. These events have included over the years: featured speakers, business meetings, and an induction of the graduating class. The first official Spring Clinic Day was held in Foster Hall April 1938 and was held with the Alumni Dinner which had at that time been an annual event, but the dinner had been taking place annually since 1891.

Although the Alumni Association is a social organization, they also have provided many services to both the alumni and the present student body over the years including: continuing education services, scholarships, short time, interest-free loans for students, and awards and contests


3.34 Linear Feet (8 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box)


An open collection of materials from the School of Pharmacy, State University of New York at Buffalo's Alumni Association, 1889-1989; includes meeting minutes, photographs from reunions, commencements, class portraits.


This collection is divided into five series: I. Meeting minutes and membership lists, 1889-1987; II. Financial records and funds; III. Programs and awards; IV. Clinic Day / Alumni Dinner, 1891-1942,1946-1989; V. Classes and alumni.

Acquisition Information

This open collection is a combination of accessions transferred to the University Archives by Assistant to the Dean of Pharmacy, Harold Reiss. Accession #77-012 were the records of the Association from 1889-1976. They were originally kept by Executive Secretary, Dean A.B. Lemon (1890-1969) and later by Dean Lemon's successor, Howard Kohler. Following Kohler's death in 1976, the records were preserved by Reiss and transferred to the Archives on May 11 and June 13, 1977. Those records were processed in 1985 by Assistant Archivist, Christopher Densmore.

Accession #90-022 was a later accession from Reiss of the Association's records from 1970-1989. These were merged with the earlier records and re-organized to operate as an open collection by Processing Archivist, Jessica Tanny in January 2005.

Accruals and Additions

Future accruals are expected to this collection.

Related Resources

36/0/00-4, Buffalo Pharmacist newsletter

Separated Materials

Resumes and letters of recommendation from a Dean of the Pharmacy School committee search were discarded.

Processing Information

Processed by Archives Staff (1985), Jessica Tanny (2005).


Finding Aid for the School of Pharmacy Alumni Association records
Finding aid prepared by Archives Staff, Jessica Tanny.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

420 Capen Hall
Buffalo New York 14260-1674 US
716-645-3714 (Fax)