The Buffalo History Museum

The Buffalo History Museum

1 Museum Court
Bufalo, NY 14216, United States
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The Buffalo History Museum has been Western New York's premier historical organization since 1862. We are the keepers of the authentic stories that make our community unique. Our collections, exhibits, and programs tell the stories of the people, events, and movements that demonstrate Western New York's essential place in shaping American history.

Recently added Collections

Talbert Family Papers, 1872 - 1938

The records of personal papers of Anna Maria Talbert and family between 1881 and 1938, and legal documents of the inheritance issues between 1872 and 1927.
Collection ID: Mss. B79-4

Darwin D. Martin Papers and Larkin Company Inc. Records 1857-1960

The records of Darwin D. Martin Papers and Larkin Company Inc. consist of Martin's personal papers and the company's activities between 1892 and 1960.
Collection ID: Mss. B76-1

Herbert A. Appleton Collection, 1935 - 1962

Collection includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, awards and certificates and other miscellaneous materials of H. A. Appleton.

Buffalo Public School 22 records, 1922 - 1979, bulk 1922 - 1962

Notebook of Mother's Club, 1922-1927; treasurer's notebook, minute books, and scrapbook of the Parent-Teachers Association, 1925-1941; inventory of Department of Industrial Arts, 1935-1948; minute books of Hospitality Club, 1949-1962; guest book pages, 1979; lists of Ketchum Medal winners, 1927-1947; and several reminiscences, ca. 1971.

Buffalo Choral Club Records, 1921 - 1965

Organized into eight series: I. History, 1961-1965. II. Constitution and by-laws, 1921?-1960. III. Minute books, 1921-1964. IV. Music scores, ca. 1951. V. Concert programs, 1928-1960. VI. Scrapbook, 1932-1941. VII. Treasurer's books, 1936-1965. VIII. Membership and attendance roster, 1927-1936. Chronological arrangement within series.

American Red Cross Greater Buffalo Chapter Records, 1915 - 1995

These records contain most minutes, 1915-1971, of the Board of Directors and its Executive Board, including those from preceding organizations. Administrative materials and bequests files reflect various periods of the Greater Buffalo Chapter’s history. Between 1976 and 1979, the Greater Buffalo Chapter held a huge fund raising campaign to build a new Blood Center building, for which most of files were kept. The Red Cross is a supporter and beneficiary of the United Way, so there are files reflecting the relationship between these two organizations over the years. The rest of the materials were found in the defunct Public Relations office. The Public Relations department while in existence (mid 1970s - early 1990s) wrote press releases for the other departments within the Chapter, and therefore kept files, scrapbooks, clippings, and photographs on the staff, volunteers, events, fund raisers, disasters, training classes, service provided to military families, and other community involvement. Over the years, several people have tried to summarize the history of the Greater Buffalo Chapter of the Red Cross. These historical summaries are also held in this collection. Early Chapter by-laws had a section that listed the type of records that the Chapter should keep: board minutes, official correspondence, national directives, and emergency case files (which had a special confidentiality clause attached). however, this section of the by-laws disappeared during the early 1990s. Therefore, during a mass house cleaning effort, the official correspondence and the national directives were apparently discarded. Also, the American National Red Cross now requires the Chapter to shred all non-current emergency case files. Each series has its own box numbering scheme to allow for the addition of later accessions to this collection without the constant need to renumber.

Augustus Porter Collection, 1789 - 1908, bulk 1808 - 1818

Collection consists of correspondence, journals, legal documents, and other personal, military and political papers.
Collection ID: Mss. C2014-01

Works Progress Administration Historical Records Survey, 1936 - 1942, bulk 1936 - 1937

Survey forms, field notes, bulletins and correspondence for a survey of state and local historical records (government and church records, manuscripts, maps and photographs) conducted initially by the State Historical Society but after 1935 by the Works Progress Administration.
Collection ID: Mss. C77-6

Duane Lyman and Associates, Architects, Records 1923-1975, 1952 - 1963

Chiefly reflects the schools and other public buildings, office buildings, and church structures which were designed by Duane Lyman for clients in Buffalo and Western New York State.
Collection ID: Mss. B75-3

Pan-American Exposition Company Records, 1899 - 1908, bulk 1899 - 1902

The records of Pan-American Exposition Company consist primary of the company's activities between 1899 and 1908.
Collection ID: Mss. C65-7