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Manhattan Hotel photographs

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MS-0244

Scope and Contents

The collection contains two photographs, and three photocopies of originals. Additionally, there is a note from the donor describing the photograph featuring Mack G. Anderson, and giving details about the hotel. 1. Photograph and photocopy featuring bartender behind the bar of the Manhattan Hotel 2. Photocopy of patron sitting at the bar in the Manhattan Hotel. The Buffalo Erie County Historical Society (BECHS) owns the original. 3. Photograph and photocopy of Mack G. Anderson with guests, railroad workers, and friends in front of the Manhattan Hotel. The Buffalo Erie County Historical Society (BECHS) owns an original. 4. Note from donor regarding the specifics of the photograph featuring Mack. G Anderson and guests.


  • 1909

Terms of Access

Manhattan Hotel Photographs, 1909 is open for research.


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.

Historical Note

The Manhattan Hotel, sometimes referred to as the Manhattan Hotel and Pool Room, was the first Black hotel in Buffalo, New York, founded by prominent leader in the African American community, Mack G. Anderson. Mr. Anderson was the proprietor of the men’s-only hotel, which consisted of 31 guest rooms, a café, a bar, and a billiards room. Located at 466 Michigan Avenue, near William Street, the hotel was a staple of the African American community in the Michigan Avenue corridor of the city. Mr. Anderson and his wife, Bettie S. Anderson also became heavily involved in the nearby Michigan Avenue Baptist Church, which became a meeting place for prominent civil rights activists W.E.B. Dubois, Booker T. Washington, and Mary B. Talbert.


.25 Linear Feet (One folder )

Language of Materials



Manhattan Hotel photos includes images of the bar and the exterior of the Manhattan Hotel in Buffalo, New York, circa 1909. The proprietor of the hotel, Mack G. Anderson, is featured along with the hotel’s bartender and visiting guests.

Acquisition Information

Materials donated to the University Archives by University at Buffalo faculty member Dr. Lillian S. Williams in 2008.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Jessica Hollister, September 2017

Finding Aid for the Manhattan Hotel photographs
Finding aid prepared by Jessica Hollister
26 September 2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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