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The Monroe Fordham Regional History Center
Classroom Building C222
Buffalo State College
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14222





Walter V. Davidson House Publication

The MFRHC is proud to release it's latest publication - Frank Lloyd Wright's Walter V. Davidson House: An Examination of a Buffalo Home and Its Cousins from Coast to Coast by Patrick Mahoney, AIA. The book is a great source of information of one of FLW's prairie school architecture on a Buffalo landmark and also houses that were designed similarly.

Here is a list of retailers currently carrying the book:

Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society
Darwin Martin House
Graycliff Giftshop
Buffalo State Bookstore
Talking Leaves Bookstore
Dog Ears Bookstore
Burchfield-Penney Arts Center
Pierce-Arrow Transportation Museum

Email the center about purchasing inquiries at fordhamctr@buffalostate.edu

Uncrowned Queens Archives

The MFRHC has recently completed digitizing the archives of the Uncrowned Queens organization. The collection and further information about the organization is available here.

Howard Kratzke Papers

The MFRHC has digitized the diaries and papers of WWII veteran Howard Kratzke. This was made possible through Buff State professor Scott Black and family Leonard and Silvia Kratzke.The collection is available here.

Catherine Collins Update

The MFRHC has finished updating the papers of Catherine Collins. This 2nd portion of the collection is in color .pdf format unlike the 1st part, which is all on microfilm. The update is available here.

Buffalo Quarters / Lillion Batchelor Collection

The MFRHC has recently acquired the personal collection of Lillion Batchelor and the papers for the Buffalo Quarters organization. The collection has been preserved and digitized. It is now available in the center's website here

St. Joseph Cemetery

The MFRHC has recently finished a digitization project of the cemetery records for St. Joseph, located on Pine Ave in Niagara Falls. The collection can be viewed here.

Niagara Falls Church Records Digitization Project

August 2014:The 9th church in this project - St. Peter's Episcopal Church is now available here.

August 2014: The 10th church in this project - St. Paul Methodist is now available here.



Dr Monroe Fordham

The Monroe Fordham Regional History Center, established at Buffalo State College by former President Muriel Howard, continues and expands the archival collection work begun more than thirty years ago by Dr. Monroe Fordham. It serves as a resource for the History Department's vibrant academic life and brings together teaching materials including newspapers, documentary videos and slide collections for classroom use. The Center also functions as a place to prepare research materials for ongoing short term projects.

The mission of the Center is to promote understanding of regional history and foster its inclusion into local school curricula, and to make historical resources accessible to students, scholars, and community groups. This mission is sustained through collaboration with community groups and other local archival resources to actively preserve and disseminate historically significant documents of persons and institutions that contributed to western New York history.


Julian Bond, lecturer and historian, recently gave a talk at Buffalo State's Rockwell Hall. A podcast version is available for download here.


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This page last updated December 10, 2014, by Chris Root.

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