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The Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy Records and Materials

Identifier: LSC-13

Scope and Contents

Consists of office records from the Baldy Center director's office, event memorabilia and promotional materials, and event recordings.


  • 1977 - 2017


Conditions Governing Access

Department records restricted for 20 years. Some folders further restricted to law school or Baldy Center personnel.

Conditions Governing Use

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.

Biographical / Historical

The Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy was established in 1978 under a bequest from Buffalo attorney Christopher Baldy. A Buffalo native, Christopher Baldy graduated from the UB Law School in 1910. During his long and successful legal career, he was an active member of the Alumni Association and a member of the University Council from 1950-59.

The Center was founded in 1978 during the Law School deanship of Thomas E. Headrick, although the broad outlines of a program in law and the social sciences had emerged under the deanship of Richard D. Schwartz in the early 1970s.

From 1978 to 1981, The Baldy Center was co-directed by Barry B. Boyer of the Law School, and James C. Brady of the Department of Philosophy. In Fall 1981, Boyer became the sole director. He continued in that role until 1992, when he was appointed dean of the Law School.

David M. Engel, SUNY Distinguished Service Professor of Law and a past President of the Law and Society Association, followed Barry Boyer as sole director. Engel served as director of The Center from 1992 to 2001.

Errol Meidinger served as interim director from 2001-2002, during which time an international search was held for a new director.

In 2002 Lynn Mather, formerly Nelson A. Rockefeller Professor of Government at Dartmouth College and currently SUNY Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Political Science, was appointed as director. Professor Mather is also a past President of the Law and Society Association.

Rebecca French, Roger and Karen Jones Faculty Scholar at the University at Buffalo School of Law, served as director from 2008 to 2010.

Errol Meidinger, Margaret W. Wong Professor of Law, became the director of The Baldy Center, effective summer 2010, and continued to serve in the position through spring 2019.

Samantha Barbas is the current director of The Baldy Center, effective summer 2019.


2.919 Linear Feet (7 manuscript boxes)

Language of Materials



Records created by the Baldy Center at the University at Buffalo. Includes office records, publications, and promotional materials.


Collection is organized into two series and several sub-series:

I. Director's Files

A. General

B. Events

II. Events

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Director's files were donated by former director Lynn Mather. Other materials collected by Law Library staff.


Occasional accruals to this collection are expected.

Related Materials

LSC-02-UBLS University at Buffalo Law School Records, Charles B. Sears Law Library, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.

Processing Information

Processed by John Beatty, January 2022; finding aid encoded by John Beatty, February 2022.

Finding Aid for The Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy Records and Materials
John Beatty
2 February 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