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Location, Location, Location: A Special History of the University of/at Buffalo

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 3-3-1128

Scope and Contents

Collection contains the documents, reports and other materials used in the writing of the book Location, Location, Location: A Special History of the University of/at Buffalo by William R. Greiner and Thomas Headrick. Specific types of documents include books, legal documents, newspaper clippings, correspondence, web resources, and maps. Also includes digital files related to the book's development, including drafts, biographies, research notes, images, and presentations.


  • 1969-2007
  • Bulk: 2005-2007

Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

Location, Location, Location: A Special History of the University of/at Buffalo, 2007, is open for research.

Special Viewing Instructions

Access to digital material provided on campus within the library.


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.

William R. Greiner

William R. Greiner was the University's 13th president. He joined the UB law faculty in 1967 and shortly thereafter became chairman of the Legal Studies Programs. By 1984, he was named UB's first University Provost. He served as interim president from March 1991 until his appointment as president by the Chancellor and Board of Trustees on September 25, 1991. He served 13 years before stepping down in 2004. Greiner's accomplishments as president included creating numerous trans-disciplinary research centers and institutes; reaffirming the University's commitment to public service; streamlining student services and record enrollments; increasing exchange and study abroad programs; conducting a record-breaking capital campaign; constructing a series of student residential centers and other major construction projects; creating of Task Forces on Women and on Racial and Ethnic Diversity; and moving the UB football team to Division 1-A.

President Greiner received his undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University, a masters degree in economics and his Juris Doctor degree from Yale University. President Greiner died on December 19, 2009 of complications from heart surgery.

Thomas E. Headrick

Thomas E. Headrick first came to the University as Dean of the Law School in 1976. He served in that capacity until 1985 when he stepped down to resume full time law teaching. He held a wide variety of academic and administrative positions before being named Senior Counselor by President Greiner in February 1995. Upon the death of Aaron Bloch in, Headrick assumed the role of University Provost in May 1995 and served through 1998. He continued as Senior Counselor to President Greiner during his term and also taught part-time in the Law School until 2010. Before coming to UB, Headrick was vice president for academic affairs at Lawrence University in Wisconsin and assistant dean of Stanford Law School. In 1993 he was named a Distinguished Service Professor by the SUNY Board of Trustees, the highest academic rank available in the state university system. Headrick received his undergraduate degree from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, his law degree from Yale, and his doctorate in political science from Stanford University. He was also a Fulbright Scholar at Oxford University from 1956-1958.


2.502 Linear Feet (6 manuscript boxes)

0.490 Gigabytes (132 files, 18 folders)


Collection contains the documents, reports and other materials used in the writing of the book Location, Location, Location: A Special History of the University of'/at Buffalo by William R. Greiner and Thomas Headrick.


This collection is arranged two series:

  1. Cited resources
  2. Notes, drafts, and other resources

Acquisition Information

Collection received from William Greiner in 2007.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Related Resources

2/2/679, Committee to Name Buildings: records, 1972-1980
3/1/464m, Committee for an Urban University, 1966
5/3/267B, President, Office of. Campus Planning, 1954-1973
8/1/50, Office of Planning and Development records, 1964-1966
8/1/328, Campus Planning Committee files, 1964-1966
8/1/447, Office of Planning and Development records, 1920-1968
8/1/497, Amherst Land Acquisition, 1964-1972
8/1/552, Capital Budget Requests and Campus Master Plan: files, 1968-1979
8/1/664, Contracts and Legal files, 1966-1979, 1969-1977
8/1/968, University Facilities Budget and Planning documents, 1965-1978
8/9/993, The Amherst Campus of the State University of New York at Buffalo: A Historical Perspective, Masters Project by Angeline Janetakos, April 26, 1985
8/7/999, South Campus Planning documents, 1957-1984
8/9/997, Amherst Campus clippings, 1962-1980
8/9/1007, North Campus Construction records, 1957-1991
8/9/1090, North Campus Construction clippings, 1971-1979
8/10 Video 213, Press conference-New shopping/office center, 1992

Processing Information

Processed by Karen Spencer, February 2011. Digital material processed by Grace Trimper, August 2021.

This collection was processed in accordance with the University Archives processing guidelines/policies. For more information, see

Digital files were transferred to the University Archives on compact discs. 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.

Duplicate files have been deleted. Digital files available elsewhere, including images of Julian Park and research files on local government and the Nation-State Gaming Compact between the Seneca Nation and the State of New York, have been removed.


Finding Aid for Location, Location, Location: A Special History of the University of/at Buffalo
Finding aid prepared by William Offhaus.
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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