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Archives & Special Collections: Olmsted Park Research by Dr. Francis Kowsky

Descriptive Summary

Title: Olmsted Park Research by Dr. Francis Kowsky

Date Span: 1850-1920

Acquisition Number: N/A

Creator: Francis Kowsky

Donor: Francis Kowsky

Date of Acquisition: 04/2019

Extent: 1 box

Language: English

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

Processed: Hope Dunbar, 2019

Information on Use

Access: The 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. 

Even though all reasonable and customary best-practices have been pursued, this collection may contain materials with confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the SUNY Buffalo State assumes no responsibility.

Preferred Citation: 
[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Olmsted Park Research by Dr. Francis Kowsky, Archives & Special Collections Department, E. H. Butler Library, SUNY Buffalo State.

Biographical Note:
Francis R. Kowsky is a notable architectural historian and State University of New York Distinguished Professor of Fine Arts at Buffalo State College, SUNY, Buffalo, New York. He has published on nineteenth-century American architects and architecture including Frederick Withers, Calvert Vaux, and H. H. Richardson, as well as the architecture and landscape of Buffalo and northwestern New York State. He is also active in historic preservation and has served on the New York State Board for Historic Preservation, the Board of Directors of the Preservation Coalition of Erie County, New York, and is currently a trustee of the National Association for Olmsted Parks.

Scope and Contents:
The collection comprises 38 folders of research material focusing on the Olmsted Park system and its place in WNY history.

Folder Inventory:

  • 1850’s Park Movement
  • People
  • William McMillan
  • Olmstead’s 1868 Visit
  • 1869
  • 1876 Map-Cent Exh.
  • 1870’s Misc.
  • 1880’s Misc.
  • 1890’s Misc.
  • Delaware Park Buildings, C. Vaux, 1874
  • X The Park 1870’s
  • X Park 1880’s
  • The Park- Delaware Park, 1890’s
  • Delaware Park, Early 20th C.
  • X Front 1870’s
  • Front 1880s
  • Front 1890’s
  • Prospect Place/Park
  • The Parade 1870-1880’s
  • Humboldt Park 1890’s
  • Parkways & Streets
  • Delaware Avenue
  • Grand American Avenues Exhibit- Delaware Ave.
  • Delaware Ave. I
  • Delaware Ave. II
  • Delaware Ave. III
  • Delawere Ave. IV
  • Circles & Squares
  • Parkside
  • City Hall 1876
  • Small Parks 1880’s
  • South Park 1888 Plan
  • South Park 1890’s, As Built Plan
  • Buffalo, N.Y., Cazenovia Park, #703
  • Cazenovia Park 1890’s
  • Riverside Park
  • 20c Articles
  • Point Chautauqua


Additional Information

More information on Dr. Kowsky and his research can be found at:

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