Scope of Collection
This particular collection covers the layoffs at the Bethlehem Steel plant which signaled the beginning of the end of steelmaking in Buffalo and touched off a desperate attempt to save jobs and save the plant from further decline. The plant ceased operation in 1982.
Another major event in 1977, the Buffalo race for mayor, pitted Conservative State Senator Jimmy Griffin against Deputy Assembly Speaker Arthur O. Eve. Eve was hoping to become the city’s first African American mayor. Although he won the democratic primary, he did not have the full support of a divided Democratic Party in Erie County. Eve lost to Griffin, who won on the Conservative line.
While Buffalo is experiencing an economic renaissance, many of the issues that confronted the Western New York region and the state of New York a half century ago continue to present challenges. These include matters involving race relations, civil rights, preservation, education and the environment.