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E. H. Butler Library, Buffalo State, The State University of New York

Archives & Special Collections: Courier-Express Photograph Collection [bulk 1960-1982]

Descriptive Summary

Title: The Courier-Express Photograph Collection

Date Span: [bulk, 1960-1982]

Acquisition Number: N/A

Creator: Buffalo Courier-Express Newspaper

Donor: Buffalo Courier-Express Newspaper; Cowles Media

Date of Acquisition: N/A

Extent: 62,000 folders; 69 linear ft.

Language: English

Location: Archives & Special Collections Department, E. H. Butler Library, SUNY Buffalo State 

Processed: Arranged as donated.

Information on Use

Access: The Courier-Express Photograph Collection is open for research. 

Reproduction of Materials: 
See Archivist for information on reproducing materials from this collection, including photocopies, digital camera images, or digital scans, as well as copyright restrictions that may pertain to these materials. 

Preferred Citation: 
[Description and dates], Box/folder number, The Courier-Express Photograph Collection, Archives & Special Collections Department, E. H. Butler Library, SUNY Buffalo State.

Biographical Note:
The Courier-Express newspaper was born in 1926, with the merger of the Buffalo Courier and the Buffalo Express to form the Buffalo Courier-Express. William J. Conners, owner of the Buffalo Courier, was the person instrumental in bringing the two papers together. During the 19th century numerous newspapers existed. The Buffalo Courier-Express merger can trace its roots back to 1828. From 1828 to 1926, twelve separate newspapers merged during those years, ending with the formation of the Buffalo Courier-Express; quite a chronology for the history of this newspaper.

The Courier and then the Courier-Express took a liberal position on all issues. In the late 1970s, the Courier-Express was sold to Cowles-Media, an out of state publisher. Cowles Media decided to close the paper in 1982. The September 19, 1982 issue was the last one for this very popular Buffalo newspaper. Cowles Media donated the library to the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society and Buffalo State College.

Scope and Contents: 
The Courier-Express Photograph Collection spans from the early 1960s to the mid to late 1980s. It is subdivided into two categories alphabetically: topic and name of individual. The collection contains over 100,000 print images used to complement published and unpublished articles. In addition, most photo files contain the associated article. Topics can range from the Buffalo Bills to photos of elementary schools in WNY. 

Arrangement: Alphabetical by subject

Inventory: Please see downloadable inventory. Large file size. Inventory is text searchable. 

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