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Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Roy W. Nagle Photograph Collection, Central Library: Rare Book Room, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library.
Acquisition date and circumstances unknown.
Collection processed by: Amy Vilz, July 2008
Finding aid encoded by: Amy Vilz, October 2010
The Roy W. Nagle Photograph Collection is open for research.
See librarian for information on reproducting materials from this collection, including photocopies, digital camera images, digital scans, as well as copyright restictions that may pertain to these materials.
A prominent local historian, Roy Nagle was often referred to as "a one-man historical society."* Nagle was born in Buffalo, New York on July 4, 1897 and held many vocations throughout his life. As a teenager, he began working at the Buffalo Courier newspaper, and eventually became a reporter and drama critic. He served in the infantry in World War I, and upon returning to the States became a realtor for Kinsey Realty Co. In 1929, he left Kinsey to become the general manager of the Buffalo Broadcasting Company. Concurrently, he edited a local newspaper, the Kensington Topics.
In 1956, Nagle was hired by Manufacturer’s and Traders Trust to lecture on Buffalo history. It is estimated that Nagle lectured to 70,000 to 80,000 persons over the course of his career and had amassed a local history collection of 20,000 images and 33,000 documents and manuscripts. Nagle died December 23, 1974.**
* "Profile: Roy Nagle," by Bob Watson, Buffalo Magazine, vol. 39 no. 6 (June 1964), pp. 28-29.
** "Roy W. Nagle dies at 77; He Shared Love of History with Community," Buffalo Evening News, December 23, 1974, pp. 13.
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 Grand Island; the 1901 Pan American Exposition; homes of prominent Buffalonians; and churches.
The Nagle Photograph Collection was partially processed and entered into the RBR Image database by RBR staff in 2001. At that time, numbers were assigned to each image, beginning with the designation “RWN.” These numbers were retained during final processing (July 2008) and appear on the verso of each image. Descriptions were taken directly from photograph verso annotations. See librarian for further information on the database.
Photos are arranged by subject.
Nagle, Roy W. (Roy Washington), 1897-1974
Buildings -- New York State -- Buffalo
Cities and towns -- New York State
Expositions -- Buildings -- New York State -- Buffalo
Streets -- New York State -- Buffalo
Genres and Forms