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Graduate Student Association records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 9-1-495
A collection of correspondence, reports, notes, and other records produced by the Graduate Student Association from 1969-1978, when the GSA became more politically involved in students’ rights. Records focus on lobbying, collective bargaining, grievance procedures, and state support. Also includes printed materials by other associations also involved in higher education rights and politics.


  • 1969-1978


Language of Materials

Collection material in English.

Terms of Access

The Graduate Student Association records are open for research with the exception of GSA Grievances, 1972-1975 (2 folders), which are restricted until 75 years after the date of creation according to University access policies.


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.


2 Linear Feet (2 cartons)


A collection of correspondence, reports, notes, and other records produced by the Graduate Student Association from 1969-1978, when the GSA became more politically involved in students’ rights and interests.

Historical Note

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) was created in 1962 to represent and serve the graduate students of the State University of New York at Buffalo. GSA representatives have seats on several University Committees, where they voice the best interests of the graduate students.

In the late 1960s and 1970s, the GSA became more self-aware of its collective power, taking steps to become more knowledgeable about its position relative to the University and State, and how it could advocate for students’ rights through political means such as collective bargaining and lobbying. Within this period, the GSA became involved with the Student Association of the State University (SASU) with whom it wrote a “Students’ Bill of Rights”. The GSA also supported the Graduate Student Employees Union (GSEU) in its organization and later strike efforts. The GSA’s most consistent effort through this time was against the decrease in state support for higher education.


This collection is organized alphabetically at the folder level, where the folder’s title is the topic of the enclosed materials.

Acquisition Information

The collection was transferred to the University Archives from the Graduate Student Association. University Archivist Chris Densmore retrieved the collection from the GSA offices at 103 Talbert Hall, on December 19, 1979.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected for this collection.

Related Resources

9/1/64, Graduate Student Association records, 1963-1970

1/9/1060, Student Association of the State University of New York records, 1974-1985.

Processing Information

Processed by Archives staff, December 1979.
Finding Aid for the Graduate Student Association records
Finding Aid prepared by LIS 503, as a class project for the Department of Library and Information Studies at the University of Buffalo: Mark Ahrens, Olli Baker, Carrie Blabac-Myers, Anne Cataldo, Matthew Corey, Patrick Dunleavy, Kate Eicher, Alexandra Fernandes-Hall, Joshua Firer, Lorelle Gianelli, Kathryn Goldbach, Alicia Gunther, Lara Herzellah, Arielle Hessler, Geoff Hinman, Lisa Hoover, Jennifer Hunt, Evalin Kay, Stephanie Mathieu, Victoria Meiswinkel, Rachel Panepinto, Marjorie Prak, Peter Raimondi, Gina Singer, Tara Thompson, Tom Tran, Mary Tuttle, Margaret Usiak, Valerie Williamson, and Mien Wong.
09 July 2015
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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