Buffalo Courier-Express

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Buffalo Courier-Express
Buffalo Courier Titanic Front Page (April 16, 1912).jpg
The front page of the Buffalo Courier dated 16 April 1912, featuring the sinking of the RMS Titanic.
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)George E. Matthews
William James Conners
Cowles Media Company
Ceased publicationSeptember 19, 1982
HeadquartersBuffalo, New York

The Buffalo Courier-Express was a morning newspaper in Buffalo, New York. It ceased publication on September 19, 1982.


Samuel Clemens (center) with American Civil War correspondent and author George Alfred Townsend, and David Gray, editor of the Buffalo Express[1]

The Courier-Express was created in 1926 by a merger of the Buffalo Daily Courier and the Buffalo Morning Express. William James Conners, the owner of the Buffalo Courier, brought the two papers together. The combined newspapers claimed a heritage dating to 1828. One notable part-owner and editor of the Buffalo Express was Samuel Langhorne Clemens, also known as Mark Twain,[1] whose tenure at the newspaper lasted from 1869 to 1871.[2]

In August 1979, The Courier-Express was purchased by the Cowles Media Company, a publishing company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After a change in corporate leadership, Cowles Media decided to close the paper in September 1982. After the local Newspaper Guild members voted to oppose a deal to sell the Courier Express to Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation,[3] the September 19, 1982 issue was the last issue published.[4] That left Buffalo with only one daily newspaper, the Buffalo Evening News, now known as The Buffalo News.

Cowles Media donated the library to the Buffalo History Museum and Buffalo State College. The library is now housed in the E. H. Butler Library[5] at Buffalo State College. The library consists of approximately one million news clippings, 100,000 photographs[6] and several pieces of artworks and framed photographs. The news clippings and photographs, arranged by subject and person, cover the late 1950s to September 19, 1982. The collection served as the library for the reporters of the paper. The librarians weeded both the clippings and photographic files, discarding older files on a routine basis. As a result, many subject areas are not covered.

The library is currently being digitized. While that may take years, photographs will continually be added to the Butler Library Archives Flickr site.[7]


Advertising poster for a Women's Edition, by Alice Russell Glenny

Editors of the Buffalo Courier[edit]

Editors of the Buffalo Express[edit]

Editors of the Buffalo Courier-Express[edit]

  • Burrows Matthews, 1926–1955
  • Cy B. King, 1956–1970
  • Douglas L. Turner, 1971–1980
  • Joel R. Kramer, 1981–1982
  • Theo C. Meier, 1950s

General Managers of the Buffalo Courier-Express[edit]

  • Gordon Bennett, 1960s
  • Richard C. Lyons, 1971–74
  • Donald J. Maul, 1970s

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Tom Toles
  • Wilbur Porterfield, photo pictorialist, 1926–1958

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "David Gray biography". Mark Twain Project. Retrieved December 18, 2020.
  2. ^ Dlugosz, Steve (May 27, 2020). "Mark Twain's experience in Buffalo described as brief but memorable". The Am-Pol Eagle. Retrieved December 18, 2020.
  3. ^ Wexler, Celia Viggo (July 20, 2011). "The Newspaper that Said "No" to Murdoch". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved July 21, 2011.
  4. ^ "Buffalo Morning Paper To Fold". Reading Eagle. September 8, 1982. Retrieved December 29, 2009.
  5. ^ Fujiuchi, Ken. "E. H. Butler Library: E. H. Butler Library: Home". library.buffalostate.edu.
  6. ^ "The Courier-Express Photograph Collection". Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  7. ^ "Flickr.com".
  8. ^ "Death of Douglas A. Levien," New York Times, April 28, 1897.
  9. ^ (6 April 1899). Mr. A.M. Clapp Stricken, Evening Star
  10. ^ a b Matthews, George E. (1898). The men of New York: a collection of biographies and portraits of citizens of the Empire state prominent in business, professional, social, and political life during the last decade of the nineteenth century. Cattaraugus County (N.Y.): G.E. Matthews & Co. Retrieved 31 October 2015.

External links[edit]

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