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Black Student Union photograph collection

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: 9-5-1299

Scope and Contents

The collection contains photographs of people and events pertaining to the Black Student Union at the State University of New York at Buffalo from circa 2000 to 2007. [14 envelopes]


  • 2000-2007

Terms of Access

Black Student Union photograph collection, 2000-2007 is open for research.


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 publishing 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 Black Student Union (BSU) was founded in 1967 and recognized by the Student Association in 1968. Primary concerns of the organization are to unite the Black university community, educate members and non-members on issues that affect the Black community, and preserve Black culture, dignity and self-awareness. The BSU is also involved in community outreach. In 1969, the BSU started a free breakfast program, “Breakfast to Children,” to provide breakfast to inner city children before school.

Since its founding, the goals of the BSU are preserving and perpetuating Black culture, dignity, and self-awareness, emphasizing the existence and the role of Black Students at the University at Buffalo, and increasing admission of Black Students into the University at Buffalo. Additionally the BSU hopes to educate members and non-members on issues that have previously and presently affect the Black community, increase the understanding of different cultures within the Black Community, and keep members informed on issues that affect African Americans.


.25 Linear Feet (One folder)

Language of Materials



Black Student Union photograph collection, 2000-2007, features personal photographs of Black Student Union members participating in club activities and events from the years 2000 to 2007.


Photographs with the same date stamp are grouped together and placed in envelopes arranged chronologically. Undated photographs are grouped into envelopes according to the event depicted in the image.

Acquisition Information

Collection donated to University Archives circa 2015 by a member of the Black Student Union.

Accruals and Additions

Additional accruals are expected.

Related Resources

9/5/00-4 Black Student Union newsletters and periodicals

3/0/00-7 Ujima: Black Student Union Handbook

22/15/1023 Department of African American Studies records


Most photographs in this collection lack identification such as people, place, or event. If you were a member of BSU from 2000-2010, a UB student during that time, or believe you can provide identification for photos in this collection, please contact University Archives.

Processing Information

Processed by Jessica Hollister, September 2017.


Finding Aid for the Black Student Union photograph collection
Finding aid prepared by Jessica Hollister
26 September 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

420 Capen Hall
Buffalo New York 14260-1674 US
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