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Frank P. Besag papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: 17/F/146
The Frank Besag Anatomy of a Riot: Buffalo, 1967 papers contain individual and group interviews of residents, store owners, and police regarding the riots that took place in the East Side neighborhood of the City of Buffalo in the summer of 1967. The collection also includes a copy of Besag’s book and newspaper clippings about the study.


  • 1967


Terms of Access

The Frank P. Besag papers are open for research. However, rights release forms for the interviews and transcripts were either never completed and/or deposited with the collection. The transcripts may only be accessed onsite within the library at this time.


Copyright: Copyright in these 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.


.417 Linear Feet (1 manuscript box)


This collection contains individual and group interviews which were used as source material for Frank Besag's book Anatomy of a Riot: Buffalo, 1967. Also included are newspaper clippings about the study.

Biographical Note

Frank Besag joined the faculty of the University at Buffalo’s School of Education in 1965 as an Assistant Professor. Immediately after the 1967 riots, University at Buffalo President Martin Meyerson asked Besag to conduct a study on the causes of the riots.


The collection is arranged by interview number. The interviews are preceded in the box by the book Anatomy of a Riot: Buffalo, 1967 and a folder of newspaper clippings about the book.

Acquisition Information

The Frank Besag Papers were donated to the University Archives from September 1967 through July 1968.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Archives staff.



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Repository Details

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