The papers in this collection were found in the Nash home on Nash Street in Buffalo, New York in 1998. The upstairs of the home had not been occupied since the death of Rev. J. Edward Nash in the 1950s. A delegation from the Michigan Street Preservation Corp. surveyed the upstairs and found a treasure trove of papers, books, furniture, and other artifacts that had been undisturbed for decades. The papers were boxed up in preparation for the house being renovated and turned into a museum. Retired Buffalo Councilman George K. Arthur placed the papers from the Frances J. Nash Files on loan to the Afro-American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier. The papers were organized, indexed, and microfilmed by Dr. Felix Armfield, member of the History faculty at Buffalo State College. The papers were filmed by the History Department and will become part of the Buffalo Afro-American Microfilmed Collection.