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University at Buffalo School of Law Oral History Collection

Identifier: LSC-12

Scope and Contents

The University at Buffalo School of Law Oral History Collection contains analog and digital audio and video recordings of interviews with School of Law alumni, faculty members, and deans; and supporting materials. The recordings include interviews conducted for the collection, at or in support of Law Alumni Association events, or for inclusion in the School of Law alumni magazine, the UB Law Forum. Supporting materials include Oral History Committee meeting minutes, notes, transcripts, and materials about Hon. Delores Denman.


  • 1985 - 2022


Conditions Governing Access

Recordings are in the process of being digitized and indexed.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is held by The State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Law. Copyright in other papers or recordings 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.

Biographical / Historical

The Harry Rachlin, '26 Oral History Project was commenced by the University at Buffalo Law Alumni Association in October 1999 to document the history of the University at Buffalo School of Law. The Law Alumni Association provided the seed money to buy equipment and materials. The Association, the School of Law, and the Charles B. Sears Law Library provided interviewers and support staff. Dr. Michael Fisch provided consulting services and Judith Weiland indexed the recordings.

The collection initially included audio interviews specifically performed for the collection and recorded on audio cassette. Later, the scope of the collection was broadened and video interviews were added. Video interviews were recorded specifically for the collection or were recorded at or in support of Alumni Association events. The bulk of the video interviews are born digital. A few were recorded on VHS video tape.

The collection has been supplemented with audio interviews conducted before the start of the Rachlin oral history project. The recordings were donated by Ilene Fleischmann, Vice Dean Alumni and Executive Director of the Association. Most of the interviews were recorded by Ms. Fleischmann for articles published in early issues of the UB Law Forum.


1.92 Linear Feet (1 legal manuscript box, 2 audiocassette boxes)

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Collection of oral history interviews with distingushed alumni, faculty, and deans. Includes audio and video recordings of interviews, and supporting materials.


Content is arranged in three series: I. Background and Supporting Material; II. Audio Recordings; III. Video Recordings

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was assembled by Law Library and Law School staff, in conjunction with the Law Alumni Association.


Additional accruals are expected.

Processing Information

Processed by John Beatty, July-August, 2021 and January, 2022; finding aid encoded by John Beatty, January 2022.

Finding Aid for the Harry Rachlin, '26 Oral History Project
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Finding aid prepared by John Beatty
4 January 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the Charles B. Sears Law Library Repository

O'Brian Hall
Buffalo New York 14260 United States