Yearbook: Buffalo

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The University of Buffalo has two different yearbooks available online. The Iris came into existence in 1897 and was the main undergraduate yearbook until it ceased publication in 1932. The Buffalonian yearbook followed the Iris and ran as a student publication until the year 2001.

These yearbooks are archived online, but as of the time I posted this the UB digital collection website had some hiccups, but after some time I was able to access the yearbooks. The complete volumes of the Iris yearbook are available from 1899 to 1907 and 1920 until 1932. The Buffalonian volumes from 1934-1948 and 1960-1969 are digitized online by the UB Library and Digital Collections. They're good images of the books and they do have a decent amount of UB's football history therein. As Buffalo wasn't a major program in the early 1900's collections like this do yeoman's work in keeping the history of college football alive and accessible.

Photograph from the 1968 Buffalonian

Beyond yearbooks, the University of Buffalo Archive's digital collections site has an outstanding collection of media for the history minded Bulls fan.

UB Digital Collections include a section titled UB Sports History Collection which features historical pictures of Buffalo Bulls athletics. There are all types of Bulls sports photos and some interesting stuff for Buffalo football fans in particular.

The digital collection at large is searchable so if you wanted to search for items on a specific sport you can easily find what the archive has available. Here's a link to a search relating to football. Very simple and effective search, and the content is top shelf.

“UB Varsity Football team play versus Army, 1960-1961 season,” © Digital Collections - University at Buffalo Libraries
Original found here

The collection even turned up about 30 archived videos of historical Buffalo Bulls football games. Here's a look at 1946 footage of Buffalo vs Hobart College from Geneva, NY. Even if you're not a Bulls fan, this video collection is an amazing look at how American football has changed through the years. I don't see many collections like this, so by all means go on over and see everything they have on offer.


It is the mission of The Unbalanced Line Online Library to present important and interesting historical texts to college football fans. Items will be added regularly as blog postings and can be easily indexed in the Yearbooks button on the site bar.

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