The Monroe Fordham Regional History Center continues to grow through donations, records transfers, and gift funds. The Center welcomes inquiries regarding potential archival donations and digitization projects. We will review all prospective donations for inclusion based on: scholarly or historical value; relation to existing or emerging collection strengths; potential for student learning and engagement; faculty interest; condition; and the nature of the individual's or organization's relationship to SUNY Buffalo State and the community.
Please be aware that Center staff are not authorized or qualified to provide appraisals for books, archival materials, or art objects.
The Monroe Fordham Regional History Center is currently located in the History and Social Studies Department, Classroom Building C205; and the Archives & Special Collections of E. H. Butler Library, Room 214. Please contact an archivist to locate a specific collection.
The Monroe Fordham Regional History Center webpage materials are currently being migrated. We thank you for your patience during this process. Please contact an archivist (below) for specific collection information and appointments.
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 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.
Materials can be viewed at The Monroe Fordham Center, Reading Room located in the History and Social Studies Department or in the Archives & Special Collections Department of E. H. Butler Library. Please contact an archivist to determine your collection location.
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Daniel DiLandro, MLS, CA
Hope Dunbar, MLIS, JD