Finding Aids

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Finding aids serve as guides to collection contents and include descriptions beyond what is offered in the library catalog. Rare Book Room finding aids are generally of 2 types: inventories and/or container lists for archival collections; and bibliographies for book collections. Archival collections contain records, papers, and other materials created by a person, family, organization or institution. A portion of our archival collections have finding aids.

Items in the Rare Book Room collection can be found by searching the library's online catalog.

Archives, Manuscripts, and Visual Materials Collections


Charles Leslie Allen Playbook Collection, circa 1826-1900, undated

Collection Number: RBR PN 2220 .A45

Abstract: Contains nineteenth century prompt books and plays belonging to actor Charles Leslie Allen. These playbooks were performance copies, with most signed and annotated by Allen.

 

H. Phelps Clawson Papers, circa 1911-1973, undated

Collection Number: RBR Mss. C54 1911

Abstract: Photographs, souvenirs, correspondence, diaries, and published writings of H. Phelps Clawson, archaeologist, poet, world traveler, and later Curator of Anthropology at Buffalo Museum of Science and Director of the Shaker Museum in Old Chatham, New York.

 

Michael Gelen Print Collection, circa 1998-2007, undated

Collection Number: RBR Illus. G32

Abstract: Poster prints relating to buildings, places, theatre, and businesses in Buffalo, New York.

 

Grosvenor Family Genealogy: Papers of Sardis L. Crissey Family, circa 1837-1945, undated

Collection Number: RBR CS 71 .C757 G46

Abstract: Records collected and created by the Crissey branch (Sardis, Hannah, and Mabel Crissey) of the Grosvenor family. Contains manuscripts of genealogies and charts of the Grosvenor family and its branches, with a small amount focusing on the Crissey branch. photographs, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and historical accounts of the Grosvenor family.

 

Chauncey Hamlin Papers, 1955

Collection Number: RBR Mss. H37 1955

Abstract: 12 letters written by Chauncey Hamlin to family and friends during his 1955 trip to Europe.

 

History and Bibliography of the Roycroft Printing Shop: Papers of Paul McKenna, circa 1899, 1927-1983, undated

Collection Number: Roycroft 1899 .M3 H5

Abstract: Contains research materials of author Paul McKenna used in the creation of his book, A History and Bibliography of the Roycroft Printing Shop. Includes photographs, audio materials, correspondence, printed publications, and photocopies of journal articles.

 

Little Journeys: Sheet Collection, circa 1900-1903

Collection Number: Roycroft 1900 .H8 L5 S4

Abstract: Consists of unbound, unfolded sheets for Little Journeys to the Homes of English Authors, Eminent Orators, and Eminent Artists.

 

Mark Twain: Papers of Charles Underhill, circa 1886-1950 [bulk 1886-1935]

Collection Number : RBR PS 1331 .A4 1886

Abstract: Manuscript material, correspondence, journals, and books relating to the life and works of Mark Twain, as collected by Charles M. and Irving S. Underhill.

 

Political Cartoons: Papers of Bruce Shanks, 1970-1995, undated

Collection Number: RBR Illus. S464 1970-1995

Abstract: Political cartoon artwork created/collected by cartoonist Bruce Shanks. Also includes drawings gifted to Shanks and his wife Louise by cartoonists Bill Crawford, Dan Dowling, Bruce Russell, and Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Werner.

 

Roy W. Nagle Photograph Collection, circa 1850-1910, undated

Collection Number: RBR Buffalo Photo F 129 .B8 N25

Abstract: Contains b/w images of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century Buffalo, mainly documenting downtown area businesses and streetscapes. Includes a small number of images of the Pan American Exposition.

 

Ernest E. Simmons Papers, circa 1894-1966, undated

Collection Number: RBR Roycroft .S56

Abstract: The papers of Ernest E. Simmons, employee of the Roycroft organization. Collection consists mainly of correspondence, advertisements, newspaper clippings and photographs.

 

Harry Persons Taber Papers, circa 1875-1947, undated

Collection Number: RBR Roycroft 1881 .T33

Abstract: Materials from Harry Persons Taber, a founding member of the Roycroft Shop and editor of the Philistine journal. Includes correspondence, writings, biographical records, and Roycroft publications.

 

 

Bibliographies


Check List of Evans Titles in the Rare Book Room of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library
Call Number: Z1215 .B9 1969

Descriptive Catalogue of the Gluck Collection of Manuscripts and Autographs in the Buffalo Public Library
Call Number: Z 6621 .B929

Pollard and Redgrave: a Checklist of Titles in the Rare Book Room of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library
Call Number: Z2002 .B9 1968

Shaker Literature in the Rare Book Room of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library
Call Number: BX9771 .B8 1967

Wing Titles: a Checklist of Titles in the Rare Book Room
Call Number: Z2002 .B95 1968