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Archives & Special Collections: Wright, Lydia



The Monroe Fordham Regional History Center

Personal Papers: Wright, Dr. Lydia

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.

Subject Index to the Microfilm

  1. Biographical (Dr. Lydia Wright)
  2. Black Episcopalians: A Marginal Community (By Dr. Wright)
  3. Brotherhood Week Awards Luncheon (1968)
  4. Buffalo Equity Foundation
  5. City On The Lake by Mark Goldman
  6. Correspondence
  7. Evans, Dr. Frank
  8. Evans, Dr. Frank – Biographical
  9. Evans, Dr. Frank (“The Strange Life of W.E.”)
  10. Family Photos – See 4 CDs
  11. Genealogy 1
  12. Genealogy 2
  13. Genealogy 3
  14. Genealogy 4
  15. Genealogy 5
  16. Genealogy 6
  17. Genealogy 7
  18. Genealogy 8
  19. Genealogy – Address List
  20. Genealogy – “Lydia’s Family”
  21. Genealogy – Meadors
  22. Genealogy – “Notes” – Wright, Evans Family Tree
  23. Genealogy – “TAM”
  24. Girlfriends (Buffalo Chapter)
  25. Newspaper Articles
  26. Personal
  27. Programs
  28. Red Jacket Award
  29. Resolutions
  30. School Children’s Drawings of Dr. Wright
  31. Tribute To Dr. Wright – Mrs. Horne’s Grade 5 Class
  32. “Wright: Buffalo’s Black Heroine of the Schools”
  33. Wright, Nathan – Certificate of Death
  34. Wright Papers (University of Buffalo)
  35. Wright School of Excellence
  36. Wright School of Excellence (Student’s Essays on Dr. Wright)
  37. Writings
  38. “Yesterday Was Mother’s Day”

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