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Michael Shea Papers [1898-1918]: Home

Descriptive Summary


Michael Shea Papers

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Michael Shea


Mary Shea Giffoniello

Date of Acquisition:



2 boxes




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


2018, Hope Dunbar/Heather Hartz

Information on Use


The Michael Shea Papers are 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, Michael Shea Papers, Archives & Special Collections Department, E. H. Butler Library, SUNY Buffalo State.

Biographical Note:

Michael Shea was born in Buffalo’s Old First Ward in 1859 and played an instrumental role in developing the city’s theater and entertainment scene. Between 1882 and 1934, Michael Shea was one of the leading purveyors of middle class entertainment in Buffalo and operated a number of popular vaudeville halls and later movie theaters.

Shea's Performing Arts Center (originally Shea's Buffalo) is a theater for touring Broadway musicals and special events in Buffalo, New York. Originally called Shea's Buffalo, it was opened in 1926 to show silent movies. It took one year to build the entire theatre. Shea's boasts one of the few theater organs in the US that is still in operation in the theater for which it was designed.

Scope and Contents:

Account book; cassette tape; cd; correspondence; newspaper clippings; photographs; programs; travel diary.


Collection arrangement is as donated. Please see the inventory.