Dr. Lydia T. Wright was the first African American to serve on the Buffalo (New York) Board of Education. She served from 1962-1967. She practiced pediatrics in Buffalo for 36 years. The main collection of her papers are in the University of Buffalo Archives. This microfilmed collection contains “personal” papers. Dr. Wright spent a number of years researching and writing about the history of her family. Her “personal” papers contain the notes and drafts of “chapters” of her genealogy work. More than 300 family history photos are also preserved on 4 CDs. Dr. Wright’s husband, Dr. Frank Evans, practiced internal medicine in Buffalo for 35 years. A few of her personal files contain documents that pertain to Dr. Evans.
The microfilmed papers were obtained through the efforts of Dorcas Colvin (Associate Vice President for Human Resource Management, Buffalo State College). They were prepared for microfilming by Monroe Fordham and Freddie Mae Fordham, members of the Afro-American Historical Association. The microfilming was done by Kelly Allen, Buffalo State College Student. The student was paid from a New York State Grant. The filming was done under the auspices of the Monroe Fordham Regional History Center, Buffalo State College.