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Archives & Special Collections: Hank Nuwer Hazing Collection & Personal Papers [ca. 1964-2022]

Descriptive Summary

Title: The Hank Nuwer Hazing Collection & Personal Papers

Date Span: ca. 1964-2022

Acquisition Number: N/A

Creator: Hank Nuwer; various authors

Donor: Hank Nuwer

Date of Acquisition: 1999

Extent: 15 boxes; 11 linear ft.

Language: English

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

Processed: 1999; 2016/2017, Hope Dunbar

Information on Use

Access: The Hank Nuwer Hazing Collection & Personal Papers 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, The Hank Nuwer Hazing Collection & Personal Papers, Archives & Special Collections Department, E. H. Butler Library, SUNY Buffalo State.

Biographical Note:
Hank Nuwer, a 1968 graduate of Buffalo State College, is a social critic and author. Hank credits Buffalo State professors and students for contributing to his success as an author and journalist. 

In 1999, he wanted to give something to the college in honor of Professor Fraser Drew, who inspired him to write, and in honor of a fellow classmate, the late Joe Nikiel. Hank has authored more than 18 books, one of which, Broken Pledges, was made into a 1994 TV movie, "Moment of Truth: Broken Pledges." His research on binge drinking and hazing in schools and higher education has made him a sought after expert by CNN and other national television networks doing special reports on those topics.

Check out Hank Nuwer's website, which includes information on hazing and a comprehensive list of hazing deaths to date.

Scope and Contents:
The collection contains a collection of signed books, signed letters from authors with whom he corresponded, photographs, and drafts of some of his manuscripts. See an Archivist for an inventory of signed books.

The collection contains three series, see below for more details.

Series I: Hazing & Bullying Papers
Awards & Press
Training Materials/Outreach

Series II: Personal & Professional Papers
Agreements & Contracts
Application, Recommendation & Tenure Materials
Processing Notes

Series III: VHS/DVD/Oversized Materials
Oversize Materials

Downloadable Finding-Aid and Inventory

Extensive books and research on hazing and bullying can be found in the Hank Nuwer Print Collection. Please contact an archivist for additional details.

Hank Nuwer with Professor Fraser Drew, his mentor

Hank Nuwer with Norman Mailer, noted American author

A caricature of Hank Nuwer, drawn by Joe Lee

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