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School of Medicine records

 Collection — Box: 1-16
Identifier: 19-1-888

Scope and Contents

Records from the School of Medicine regarding student affairs, faculty committees, and planning for the creation of a combine University and Erie County Hospital.


  • 1893-1982
  • Majority of material found within 1967-1978


Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

School of Medicine records, 1893-1982 (bulk 1967-1978) are open for research. Some folders are restricted. Please see Archivist for more details.


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

(Relating only to the proposed Combined University Hospital and Health Science Centers of Series II and III, 1967-1978)

When the University of Buffalo merged with the State University of New York system in 1962, many plans were made for an expansion of the School of Medicine. "A new University Hospital of 350 beds is being planned in conjunction with a Health Sciences Center as part of the proposed new State University of New York at Buffalo," said Dr. Edward F. Marra in a form letter for an administrator search in1967.

In expectations for the expansion, the Medical School hired Lester Gorsline Associates, planning consultants for scientific, health education and hospital facilities to begin drawing up estimates and early plans for a combined Erie County and University hospital. Many committees were involved in making decisions for the new Health Sciences Center and combined University Hospital including the Curriculum Committee, the Clinical Council and Executive Committees.

Clinical Council: The Clinical Council acted as a liaison between the School of Medicine and area hospitals by coordinating educational activities. It was the responsibility of this committee to review and select area hospitals as educational affiliates, and then to set policy in regard to the administration of planning and operation. The committee also made decisions as to which clinical areas would be available for residency appointments and appointed teaching-doctors to be on staff at selected hospitals.

Combined Campus University Hospital Planning Committee: The University Hospital Planning Committee was created to research the feasibility of a combined Erie County and University hospital from reports from the Clinical Council. This committee was responsible for projecting the physical requirements for the Combined Hospital, the administrative policy guidelines, the in-hospital service core availability, and the financial requirements of the project.

For information about a more general history of the School of Medicine please see:

Batt, Ronald Elmer, Harold Brody, Shonnie Finnegan, et al. Another Era : a pictorial history of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo, 1846-1996. Virginia Beach, VA : The Donning Company, 1996.

UB History vertical files: Departmental Histories, II 4-II 5


6.25 Linear Feet (15 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box)


Records from the School of Medicine regarding student affairs, faculty committees, and planning for the creation of a combine University and Erie County Hospital.


This collection is arranged into three series: I. Student Affairs, II. Committees, and III. Proposed University Hospitals and Health Centers.

Acquisition Information

This collection is a combination of:

  1. The Student Affairs and Clinical Council materials came from a portion of accession #85-058
  2. The course material manuals were pulled from "Miscellaneous Print."
  3. Part of the Curriculum Committee materials came from box 2 of accession #78-022
  4. Most of the historical materials and the Executive Committee meeting minutes were from the Robert L. Brown papers, accession #97-400
  5. History of the Medical School Committee minutes were accession #03-695

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Related Resources

Box 1: Executive Committee meeting minutes
Medical School records donated by Dr. Robert L. Brown
School of Medicine records include faculty meeting minutes, executive committee meetings, departmental council, by-laws, planning consultants (Gorsline) used for the proposed University combined county hospital

Separated Materials

Medical School Vertical File: II.4 - II.5 - historical items and clippings collected by Associate Dean Robert L. Brown were filed in the history file vertical files.
19/1/709, box 1: Executive Committee meeting minutes collected by Dr. Robert L. Brown were interfiled with executive committee correspondence on faculty appointments, 1933-1938.

Processing Information

Processed by Jessica Tanny, December 2004.
Encoded by Danielle White, December 2014.

Finding Aid for the School of Medicine records
Finding aid prepared by Jessica Tanny, December 2004.
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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