Buffalo Courier-Express Library
The Courier-Express newspaper was born in 1926, with the merger of the Buffalo Courier and the Buffalo Express to form the Buffalo Courier-Express. William J. Conners, owner of the Buffalo Courier, was the person instrumental in bringing the two papers together. During the 19th century numerous newspapers existed. The Buffalo Courier-Express merger can trace its roots back to 1828. From 1828 to 1926, twelve separate newspapers merged during those years, ending with the formation of the Buffalo Courier-Express; quite a chronology for the history of this newspaper.
The Courier and then the Courier-Express took a liberal position on all issues. In the late 1970s, the Courier-Express was sold to Cowles-Media, an out of state publisher. Cowles Media decided to close the paper in 1982. The September 19, 1982 issue was the last one for this very popular Buffalo newspaper. Cowles Media donated the library to the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society and Buffalo State College.
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Contents of the Courier-Express Library
The library consists of approximately one million news clippings, one hundred thousand photographs and several pieces of artworks and framed photographs. The news clippings and photographs, arranged by subject and person, cover the the late 1950's through September 19, 1982. This collection served as the library for the reporters of the paper. The librarians weeded both the clippings and photographic files, discarding older files on a routine basis. As a result many subject areas are not covered.
This is a heavily used special collection. We receive, on the average, 110 requests a year.
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Archives houses various college publications, scrapbooks, memorabilia and statistics from 1860 on, as well as college annual reports, budgets, and salary information.
Our special collections include scores of unique collections of local history, regional interest, and national significance.
Many of these collections are in BUTL 218 (map). To use these materials, please review our policies, and schedule an appointment using the contact information below.
Monday - Friday:
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Archivist: Daniel DiLandro
Staff Assistant: Margaret Hatfield
Fronczak Room Curator: Wanda Slawinska