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Cedric M. Smith papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 56-1-1310
Contains annual reports, clippings, correspondence, reports, director's files, and histories of the Research Institute on Alcohol and Addictions, as documented by Director Cedric M. Smith.


  • circa 1965-2000


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5 Linear Feet (4 cartons)


Collection relates to Cedric Smith's role as the Director of the Research Institute on Alcohol and Addictions. Includes correspondence, reports, memos, grants, clippings, and histories on the Institute

Biographical Note

Cedric M. Smith, professor emeritus of pharmacology and toxicology, and founding director of UB’s Research Institute on Addictions, died June 3 in Tampa, Fla. He was 87.

A graduate of Oklahoma State University and the University of Illinois, Smith also received a master’s degree in pharmacology from the University of Illinois Graduate College and a medical degree from the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

He joined the UB faculty 1966, serving as chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology from 1966-73. He was director of the New York State Research Institute on Addictions when it was founded at UB in 1970; he headed the institute until 1979.

Smith published widely on his research in neuropharmacology and psychopharmacology, and served on the editorial boards of several professional journals. His publications included four books, among them “Essentials of Pharmacology,” co-written and edited with UB faculty member Alan Reynard.

A member of numerous professional societies, he served on the Board of Regents of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology.

He also served a five-year term on the Expert Advisory Panel on Drug Information Science of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP), which was charged with expanding the USP drug and therapeutic-information database that had recently combined with the AMA Drug Evaluations database. The combined database represented a national consensus of drug and therapeutic information that was used by medicine, pharmacy, nursing and other health professions.

A portion of the Fundamentals of Pharmacology course Smith coordinated in the UB medical school was adopted by the USP as a model for a national medical student competition on writing standard drug information for patients.

Smith retired from UB in 2000, and died in 2014.

*From UB Now, July 17, 2014.

History of the Research Institute on Alcoholism (later Addictions)

Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller appoints Advisory Council on Alcoholism
Advisory Council develops a comprehensive plan for a major alcoholism research facility
Rockefeller announces Buffalo as the site of the Research Institute
Institute officially established by the Department of Mental Hygiene, with Dr.Cedric M. Smith as Director



Acquisition Information

The Cedric M. Smith papers were transferred to University Archives in April and June of 2002.

Accruals and Additions

No further additions are expected.



Finding Aid for the Cedric M. Smith papers
Minimally Processed
Finding aid prepared by Amy Vilz.
26 April 2018
Description rules
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives Repository

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