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University at Buffalo Law School records

 Collection — Box: 1-21
Identifier: 21/1/1176
Collection contains administrative files maintained by the Law School Deans and Associate Deans mostly from 1967 to 1975 along with some financial records beginning in 1922. Notable materials are the Erie County Jail Counseling Service, a program run through the Law School clinical program, and planning and faculty committee materials.

Dates

  • 1922-1991
  • Majority of material found within (1967-1975 )

Creator

Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

The University at Buffalo Law School Records are open for research except for files containing personnel or student information.

Copyright

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.

Extent

8.13 Linear Feet (19 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box, 1 oversize folder)

Overview

Administrative files kept by the Law School's Deans and Associate Deans mostly between 1967-1975 along with some older financial files beginning in 1922. Some incomplete faculty meeting minutes from 1977 to 1991 are included.

Historical Note

Established in May 1887, the Buffalo Law School originated as the Law Department of Niagara University. In May 1891 it became part of the University of Buffalo and held its third commencement. ABA accredited in 1937 in its 50th anniversary year. In 1962 when UB joined SUNY, it became the only publicly funded law school in New York State until CUNY Law School was added in 1981(?). An LL.B. degree was awarded until 1967; the J.D. degree has been awarded since 1968.

Two histories have been published and are located in Box 28: Buffalo Law School 75 Years (1962) and University at Buffalo Law School 100 Years 1887-1987 (1992). The UB Law Forum published irregularly since 1985 chronicles events beyond these published histories and is located in the Law Library Special Collections 03.

The official name of the institution has changed over the years: University of Buffalo. School of Law (1887-1961); State University of New York at Buffalo. School of Law (1962-1967); State University of New York at Buffalo. Faculty of Law and Jurisprudence (1968-1988); State University of New York at Buffalo. School of Law (1989-1997 ); University at Buffalo Law School, The State University of New York (1998-)

Locations:

1887-1888
Niagara Medical School, Ellicott Street
1888-1893
The Buffalo Library, Clinton Street
1893-1896
Stafford Building, upper floor, 158 Pearl Street
1896-1913
Ellicott Square Building, 9th floor
1913-1917
Third National Bank Building, 275 Main Street at Swan
1923- 1949?
Townsend Hall, sw corner of Delaware Ave. and Niagara Square (present site of Buffalo City Court), served as temporary lecture space
1917-1948
77 West Eagle Street, original building (Hoyt Mansion housed law firm of Hoyt & Spratt)
1949
Temporary classes held in the County Building, 40 Delaware (present site of Erie County Holding Center)
1949-1973
77 West Eagle Street, new building
1966-1969
Prudential Building
1973-
O’Brian Hall, UB North Campus, Amherst

Deans:

1887-1897
Hon. Charles Daniels
1897-1902
Adelbert Moot
1902-1903
Christopher G. Tiedeman
1903-1904
Adelbert Moot (Acting)
1904-1936
Carlos C. Alden
1936-1941
Francis M. Shea (On Leave 1939-41)
1939-1945
Mark DeWolfe Howe (Acting 1939-41, On Leave 1943-45)
1943-1947
Philip Halpern (Acting 1943-46)
1948-1950
Louis L. Jaffe
1951-1952
George N. Stevens
1952-1953
Philip Halpern (Acting)
1953-1964
Jacob D. Hyman
1964-1971
William D. Hawkland
1971-1976
Richard D. Schwartz
1976-1985
Thomas E. Headrick
1985-1986
John Henry Schlegel (Acting)
1986-1987
Wade J. Newhouse
1988-1992
David B. Filvaroff
1992-1998
Barry B. Boyer
1998-2007
R. Nils Olsen
2008-
Makau W. Matua

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in five series:
  1. Budget and Financial Records
  2. Committees
  3. Erie County Jail Counseling Project
  4. Planning
  5. Associate Deans' Files

Acquisition Information

Materials received from the Law School on December 5, 1978 and January 3, 1979 (78-064) and December 4, 1980 (80-025). Faculty meeting minutes from 1977 to 1991 were added from the Marjorie Girth Papers, (03-689).

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Karen Spencer in June 2010.
Title
Finding Aid for the University at Buffalo Law School records
Status
completed
Author
Finding aid prepared by Karen Spencer.
Date
2010
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
und

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

Contact:
420 Capen Hall
Buffalo New York 14260-1674 US
716-645-2916
716-645-3714 (Fax)