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Junior League of Buffalo records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-0239

Scope and Contents

The Junior League of Buffalo records contain corporate records and materials related to programming and fundraising events related to the League. The corporate records are primarily from the Buffalo League and include member handbooks, architectural drawings of the current building the Junior League resides in, history regarding the League in Buffalo, and meeting minutes from the board and executive meetings as well as various councils. Items related to the biennial Decorator’s Show House fundraising event include planning documents, photos, newsclippings, an audio cassette with a lecture on the Appleton Mansion, scrapbooks, and promotional materials. Items related to the Great Lake Effects Cookbook fundraiser include planning documents, photographs and promotional materials. Materials related to other events and programming, including the Follies fundraisers, include brochures, fliers, and programs. Publications include Perspectus, Leaguline, and other newsletters. There are a number of scrapbooks which include photos, newsclippings, promotional materials, and four watercolor paintings of costumes from “The Snow Queen” production.


  • 1919-2015


Terms of Access

The Junior League of Buffalo Records, 1919-2015 are open to researchers. Video recordings may only be accessed onsite within the library at this time.


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 University Archives before requesting photocopies and/or publishing quotations from materials in the collection. Once permission is obtained, most papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures unless otherwise specified.

Historical Note

The Junior League of Buffalo is a women's charitable organization with a focus on volunteerism in the community. It is one of over two hundred Junior Leagues in four different countries that make up the Association of Junior Leagues International Incorporated. Founded June 5, 1919 at the home of Mrs. Seymore H. Knox, the Junior League of Buffalo has focused their charitable efforts on various issues related to children, families, and improving the community throughout the years. In the 1920s they opened the first league thrift store in the country as well as a food store. Other fundraising efforts have included black tie galas, variety shows (i.e. "Follies"), haunted houses, creation of a cookbook, and the Decorator's Show House biennial event. The funds raised through these events and venues are donated and distributed through grants to several different agencies operating in the Buffalo and Erie County areas.


24 Linear Feet (7 cartons, 6 manuscript boxes, 5 oversize boxes, 4 flat boxes, 2 oversize folders)

1.3 Gigabytes (52 digital files)

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Materials related to the Junior League of Buffalo, active in the area from 1919 to the present. The collections includes corporate records, photographs, newspaper clippings, slides, audio and video recordings, magazines published by the Junior League, and materials related to events and programming.


This collection is arranged in seven series:
Series I. Corporate Records; Series II. Events and Programming; Series III. Decorator's Show House; Series IV. Great Lake Effects Cookbook; Series V. Publications; Series VI. Photographs and Audio Visual; and Series VII. Memorabilia.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Access to digital materials is provided via the University Archives’ Digital Archives online repository.

Related Digital Material

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Junior League of Buffalo collection was donated by Colleen Seminara, President, Junior League of Buffalo, in November 2016.


No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Separated Materials

Site plan, labeled "Buffalo Place: Stage One, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority/ L.R.R.T Project, Moryiama & Teshima/ Cannon". Shows subway line from Scott Street to Edward Street, includes elevations of seven stations along the way.

Processing Information

Processed by Stephanie Barrett and Rebecca Cobb, February 2017. Digital materials processed March 2018 by Sarah Pinard. Digital video processed by Grace Trimper in July 2022.

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

Digital files were normalized to preservation-standard formats according to the Library’s Digital Preservation guidelines. For more information, see


Finding Aid for the Junior League of Buffalo records
Finding aid prepared by Stephanie Barrett, Archives processing assistant
01 February 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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