Student Activities Finding Aid

After many weeks of arranging, processing and coding, the Student Activities Finding Aid is here! You can use this aid to search our Student Activities collection, which dates back as far as 1913. This collection is very special because it documents student life at D’Youville over the past 100 years. It contains a multitude of media including; photographs, dance cards, newspaper clippings, meeting minutes and even a original nursing cape, pin and cap.

Take a look at the finding aid and feel free to stop by the archives to look at what this collection has to offer!

Student Activities Finding Aid
Collection ID: DYCARC 10.1
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The play’s the thing

The Tempest

This short finding aid lists plays produced in the D’Youville auditorium from 1908 to 1967, and minor plays enacted by special groups 1912 to 1962.  Download or view the guide to plays performed at D’Youville here.

Search the finding aid 2 ways:

1. Browse the guide chronologically.

2. Keyword search by using the Ctrl-F function [hold the “control” key and hit “f”].

The Merchant of Venice


What was there?

The website What Was There links historical images to locations on Google Maps, giving a snapshot of history wherever you are.  Users upload photos and provide a location and year.  Currently, there are over 100 current and historical images of Buffalo and its vicinity, including the D’Youville campus.

Try it!  Go to and enter a city, state, or country.


Vertical File index finding aid

The D’Youville College Archives maintains A to Z subject files of topics, events, and people related to D’Youville College (the “vertical file”).  Materials contained in each file vary, but can include images, correspondence, brochures, and clippings.  An index to the Vertical File is now available online.

Search the index 2 ways:

1.  Keyword search by using the Ctrl-F function [hold the “control” key and hit “f”].

2.  Browse the index by subject, arranged A to Z.


Preservation Week: April 22 to 28

The American Library Association, Society of American Archivists, Library of Congress and other organizations have started the Preservation Week initiative to

raise awareness about collecting and preservation, to connect the general public to preservation information and expertise, and to emphasize the close relationships among personal, family, community, and public collections and their preservation.*

Are you a genealogist?  Do you have family photos, diaries, old books, or other collectibles and memorabilia?  Here are a few resources to help you take care of those items and organize your research.

Organizing Family Papers

Conducting an Oral History Interview

How to care for Books 

How to care for Photographs

How to care for Textiles, Quilts, and Clothing

Caring for Paper and Works of Art on Paper [Drawings, Watercolors, etc.]

*From SAA Preservation Week website.

College Photographs Finding Aid

The D’Youville College Archives has an extensive collection of photographs documenting commencements, buildings, student activities, and the beginnings of the College.  Fortunately, former College Archivist Sister Mary Kathleen Duggan created an index to each photo with descriptive captions and dates (thank you Sister!).  This Picture Gallery Index is now available online.

Search the index 2 ways:

1.  Keyword search by using the Ctrl-F function [hold the “control” key and hit “f”].

2.  Browse the index by category.  The index is organized in 5 series: Beginnings, Commencements, Baccalaureate Ceremonies, Buildings, and Student Activities.

Groundbreaking of Mary Agnes Hall, 1967.

Any questions on using the index or to access images described in the index, contact the Archives at 829.8155 or


New Research Resource

One of the most common research questions in the D’Youville Archives is searching for a relative that was associated with the College.  The Archives welcomes genealogists and has several available resources, including yearbooks, photographs, and graduate and faculty lists.

For genealogists that want to expand their research, federal and state records can be extraordinarily useful.  In a new initiative, the New York State Archives has partnered with to provide free service for some New York State records.  These include New York marriages (1600-1784); Civil War muster roll abstracts for New York (1861-1900), US Census mortality schedules for New York (1850-1880), and New York Census of inmates in almshouses and poorhouses (1830-1920).

More information and a link to York can be found herePlease note: For free access to New York records, start your search then click on your results. You will be prompted to “Create a Free Account.” Do not click on the “Subscribe” button or the “14-day Free Trial Offer” unless you are interested in access to all of Ancestry (a fee-based service).