Maxine Seller Research Collection on Ethnic Communities and Education in Buffalo
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of research files, both hand-written and typed notes, and published and unpublished papers written by University at Buffalo students and faculty on the history of ethnic communities and education in Buffalo, New York. The following ethnic groups are represented in the collection: Black, German, Irish, Italian, Jewish, Polish, and Puerto Rican. There is a 1957 almanac and fact book published by the Buffalo Evening News, alongside maps dating from 1900 and 1934 on where ethnic groups and major nationalities resided in the city of Buffalo. The collection also includes clippings of the Buffalo News, Buffalo Courier-Express, Magnet School’s Newsletter, Reporter, and Ethos
- Seller, Maxine (Person)
Terms of Access and Use
The Maxine Seller Research Collection on Ethnic Communities and Education in Buffalo, 1970-1979 is open for research.
Copyright is held by the State University of New York at Buffalo, University Archives. Copyright in other 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.
Born May 23, 1935 in Wilmington, North Carolina to a Jewish immigrant father, Maxine S. Seller was influenced at an early age by discrimination and issues of marginality and identity that she faced as an ethnic minority. These early life experiences while living in a small bible-belt town went on to shape her research interest and professional career.
During her senior year at Bryn Mawr College, Seller conducted honors research with her American history professor Helen Taft Manning, daughter of William Howard Taft. She graduated from Bryn Mawr with honors in History and received her masters and doctoral degrees in history from the University of Pennsylvania.
During the beginning of her work at UB, from 1974 to 1982, Seller was both a history and social foundations professor. Additionally, she was an Arts Coordinator from 1974-1975. After 1982, Seller remained a professor of history but replaced teaching social foundations with educational organization, administration, and policy, where she was part of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy until 2002. Seller is a professor emeritus from University at Buffalo.
In 1989, Maxine Seller was elected president of the History of Education Society. She also served as a member of the editorial board of the SUNY Press and as the book review editor of the Journal of American Ethnic history.
Maxine Seller’s publications include books, monographs, book chapters, and articles in the field of ethnic historical studies with emphasis in the areas of ethnic theater and the education of immigrants and women. Seller has held national offices in the American Historical Association, the American Educational Studies Association, the Immigration History Society, and in the Division F (History) of the American Educational Research Association.
.83 Linear Feet (2 manuscript boxes)
Language of Materials
Unpublished student papers and research files on ethnic communities and education in Buffalo, New York.
Folders are arranged in alphabetical order by ethnic group. The folders labeled “General” at the end of the collection do not pertain to a specific ethnic group.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Maxine Seller Research Collection on Ethnic Communities and Education in Buffalo was donated to the University Archives by Dr. Maxine Seller, February 1978. One additional paper donated in March 1978.
Processed by Archives staff. Finding aid created by Jordon Krivonos, February 2018. Finding Aid encoded by Sarah Bailey.
- Clippings (information artifacts) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Education -- New York (State) -- Buffalo -- History Subject Source: Local sources
- Essays Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Minorities -- Education -- New York (State) -- Buffalo -- History Subject Source: Local sources
- Minorities -- New York (State) -- Buffalo -- Political activity -- History Subject Source: Local sources
- Finding Aid for the Maxine Seller Research Collection on Ethnic Communities and Education in Buffalo
- Processed by Archives staff. Finding aid created by Jordon Krivonos, February 2018. Finding Aid encoded by Sarah Bailey April 2018.
- February 2018
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