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Buffalo Regional History Collection

A wealth of information can be found in this collection, housed at the Monroe Fordham Regional History Center in the Classroom Building, with the most extensive being the Organizations section.  This collection includes local companies, groups and unions whom allowed the MFRHC to microfilm their papers for preservation.  Many local Churches also permitted the Center to microfilm and, most recently, digitize their books that include marriage and birth records.

The two newest collections to the Center’s website are the Afro-American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier and the Civil War.  The AAHANF section contains the organizations papers from 1972 to 1992 on microfilm.  In the near future, the MFRHC will be digitizing the Associations papers from 1992 to the present.  The Civil War section contains data bases, regimental biographies and more, regarding information of local African Americans who enlisted in the Civil War.  There are prominent local individuals who served proudly as soldiers in the war.

A collection of microfilmed personal papers of well-known local individuals can be found in the section title People that includes the Rev. Dr. J. Edward Nash, and Frank Lloyd Wright. The Monroe Fordham Regional History Center also houses Multimedia, Faculty & Student Papers, Magazines & Publications and Biographical documents.  The Buffalo Vertical Files section is a vast collection of newspaper and magazine articles, pamphlets, brochures and much more.

By clicking on the links, you can view a complete listing of available resources within our files.  All files can be researched in their entirely in Room C222 in the Classroom Building.  This is a “living” website and we are constantly updating and adding new information weekly.  Bookmark our page or find us on Facebook – Monroe Fordham Regional History Center to keep updated when new items are added.

Vertical Files

Area Businesses
Art & Entertainment
Bibliographies and Sources
Black Rock
Buffalo Clubs and Organizations
Buffalo State College
Business Closings
Central Terminal
Churches & Religion
City Planning
Civil War
Crystal Beach
Downtown Buffalo
Drive-In Theatres of WNY
Economy of Buffalo
Erie Canal
Forest Lawn
German Americans
Grain Elevators
Great Lakes
Historic Buildings & Landmarks
Historical Society of Buffalo and Erie County (BECHS)
Historical Society Newsletters (BECHS)
History of Buffalo
Hull House
Industrial History
Irish Americans
Libraries (Buffalo and Erie County)
Living in Buffalo
Native Americans
New York State Counties
Olmsted Park System
Pan American Exposition
Parks & Parkways
Peace Bridge
People of Local Importance
Polish Americans
Politics and Government
Protests & Rallies
Race Relations
Radio and Television
Surrounding Areas of Buffalo
Underground Railroad
Visual History
War & National Disputes
War of 1812
Women’s Issues/Gender Studies

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Biographical Documents

*Currently Being Updated*

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Civil War

Information pertaining to the WNY African American Civil War soldiers in the databases below was located on Ancestry.com, Civil War Database and other Civil War websites.  The basic information on the 54th MA Colored Infantry soldiers is from a database produced by Thomas L. Doughton titled “New York Men in Massachusetts Colored Infantry Units.”  The research, databases, and this section of the website was produced by Lynn Lombardo, BSC History Department, Masters Student. If you have any questions or further information on a soldier, please contact the Fordham Center.

African-American Civil War Soldiers - Enlistees WNY

African-American Civil War Soldiers - Enlisted in Buffalo, NY

African-American Civil War Soldiers from WNY in 54th MA Infantry

Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) African American Soldiers buried at Forest Lawn

NY Men in Massachusetts Colored Infantry Units

Hist of PA Volunteers 1861-65 Sixth USCT

History of PA Volunteers 1861-1865: 43rd Regiment of U.S. Colored Troops

National Archives - Complied Military Records of Volunteer Union Soldiers Who Served With the US Colored Troops

Roll of Honor "Union Soldiers buried in WNY Cemeteries"

The Shaw Monument

Additional resources for Civil War are available under the "links" tab at the top of this page, or here

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Interviews of Christian Holocaust Survivors (Cassete Tapes)
Interviews with Buffalo's Greek Community (Cassette Tapes)
Photos of the Jack & Jill Club of America Conventions
Afro-Americans in the History of Buffalo, NY (Slides)
Underground Railroad Videos - View index

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Bethel A.M.E. (Microfilm)
Christ United Methodist Church(Microfilm)
Edison Street Baptist Church(Microfilm)
First Shiloh Baptist Church(Microfilm)
Ripley Memorial United Methodist Church(Microfilm)
St. John Evangelical Church (Microfilm)
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church(Microfilm)
St. Louis Roman Catholic Church (Microfilm)
St. Luke A.M.E. Zion(Microfilm)
St. Philips Episcopal Church(Microfilm)

Niagara County

Bethany Lutheran Church
Church of the Redeemer Episcopal

First Baptist Church
First Congregational Church
First Presbyterian Church
First Unitarian Universalist Church
Hyde Park Presbyterian Church
North Ridge United Methodist
Pierce Avenue Presbyterian
St. Joseph Cemetery
St. Paul Lutheran Church of Niagara Falls
St. Paul Methodist
St. Peter's Episcopal
Zion Lutheran Church

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Faculty & Student papers

Dr. Richardson's Papers

Justice Jackson : Framer, Prosecutor and Visonary - Vincent Samuel Betts

The Niagara Movement - Joaquin Guetis

Of Rumors & Cemeteries - James Howson

Walter V. Davidson - Lynn Lombardo

The Angola Horror - Mitch McCormick

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Magazines & Publications

Teaching Cultural Preservation- Sept 2000
Museum News- 12 Various - 1961-1983
Museum News Magazine- July 1997- Nov 2000, March 2001- Nov 2005
History News- 1985 -2006
Brochures of Regional Destinations
Adventures in WNY History- Vol. 1-12, 15-17, 21, 26-27

Histories of the Townes:
- Alden
- Aurora
- Boston
- Brant
- Colden
- Eden
- Elmira
- Evans
- Holland
- Lancaster
- Marilla
- North Collins
- Orchard Park
- Sardina
- Wales

Preservation Magazine- Sept 2004 - Sept 2008
Heritage Magazine- Vol. 17-23
WNY Heritage Magazine Summer 97- Summer 2010
History Magazine- Feb 2002 - Dec 2002
American Hertiage- Various
Aviso News Letter- Aug '99 - Oct '04
Buffalo News Magazine- June '83 - July '95
Niagara Frontier - various from Vol 2- Vol 30
Buffalo Criterion (Microfilm) 1940-2006
Buffalo Challanger (Microfilm) 1963-2006
Preservation Niagara Newsletters

Regional Papers:
The Riverside Review
The Buffalo Beat
Alternative press
Buffalo Gazette
Niagara News


Publications of the Monroe Fordham Center:

Frank Lloyd Wright's Walter V. Davidson House: An Examination of a Buffalo Home and Its Cousins from Coast to Coast
Patrick J. Mahoney, AIA

Frank Lloyd Wright's Scholarly Clients: William and Mary Heath
Patrick J. Mahoney, AIA

Preserve the Past for the Future: The Conflict Between Preservation and Traditional Use of the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle Banners
June Miller-Span

Buffalo as an Architectural Museum: The Rehabilitation of the Buffalo State Hospital & New York Central Terminal.
Christyn Mobarak

Frank Lloyd Wright's Graycliff, Architecture as Sacred Space
Paul Lubinecki

Missions in Western New York and Church History of the Diocese of Buffalo by Bishop John Timon
Edited by Paul Lubienecki

Report of the Negro Apostalate in Lackawanna, NY 1932 - by the Rev. Thomas Galvin
Edited by Paul Lubienecki

A Conversation with Dr. Monroe Fordham
Edited by Jean Richardson

Selected Sermons of the Reverend Dr. J Edward Nash Sr, Michigan Street Baptist Church, 1898-1899
Terrence J. Henry

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Afro-American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier Inc.
African American Studies Department at Buffalo State
Alpha Kappa Boule
Attica NOW!
Bell Aircraft Corporation & U.A.W. Local 501 - Strike of 1949
Bell Aircraft Corporation & U.A.W. Local 501 - Papers
Buffalo Cooperative Economic Society
Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority
Buffalo African American Collection
Buffalo Affirmative Action Program
Buffalo's Afro-Americans: Photos of Historic Events
Buffalo Youth & Young Adult Choral Society
The Buffalo Irish Times
Buffalo Branch NAACP
Buffalo Model Cities Expo
Buffalo Kwanzaa
Buffalo Quarters
B.U.I.L.D. - Challenge to the License Renewal of WNIA & WSAY
B.U.I.L.D. - Files
Colored Musicians Association of Buffalo - Musicians Local 533
Community Food Center of Western New York
Ellicott District Coalition
Erie County Charter Revision Commission
Grace Manor Nursing Home
Highland Avenue Neighborhood Preservation Corporation
Housing Opportunities Made Equal
Institute for People Enterprises
LINKS of Buffalo
LINKS of Erie County
LINKS of Niagara Falls
Michigan Avenue Y.M.C.A.
Nurses United CWA Local 1168
New York African-American Institute

Republic Steel
Revolutionary Action Movement
Uncrowned Queens
United Auto Workers
United Citizens Organization
Urban League of Buffalo

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Acker, Daniel
Batchelor, Lillion
Bellamy, Herbert
Burell, Anna
Coles, Robert
Collins, Catherine
Collins, David
Dett, Nathaniel
Dubard, Raphael
Dunson, Jessie
Easley, Robert
Echol Family
Fordham, Monroe
Hunter, Juanita
Hodges, Clemmon
Kratzke, Howard
Nash, Rev. Dr. J. Edward
Nash, Francis
Naylon, Betsy
Noles, Eva
Scott, Madeline O.
Thompson, Albert
Thomas, Carolyn
Wright, Frank Lloyd
Wright, Lydia
White, Theresa

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Newspaper Magazines

Olde-Time Buffalo - The Express; January 1st, 1916

Romance of Buffalo

Buffalo Population & Statistics

Buffalo's Charter

Buffalo Population 1825-1860  - by Race & Ethnicity

Buffalo's Mayors 1832-2011


Buffalo Population by ward, race and sex.
Buffalo Black population by ward, age and sex.
Buffalo White Population by ward, age and sex.


Buffalo Population by ward, sex and race


1870-1900 Buffalo Population by Nationality
Buffalo population American born by State and Race
Buffalo Population foreign born by POB and race


Buffalo Population by Ward
Population of Buffalo Am born by POB

1899 Election Results

Common Council
Other Positions


Buffalo African-American Funeral and Obituary Collection
Buffalo Civil Rights Era
Bell Telephone Directory 1953-1967
Buffalo City Directory 1832- 1968
Northern Suburban Telephone Directory 1953-1970
Seneca Land Claim Files
Southern Suburban Telephone Directory 1963- 1968


National Archives Federal Census- 1790- 1930
Immigrant & Passeneger Arrivals- 1898-1954

Books On Microfilm

The Great Irish Famine - by Rev. John O'Rourke

Annotated Bibliographies

These are books in possession of the Center or by Dr. Richardson personally.

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