Archives & Special Collections experienced numerous transitions and transformations
over the past year. One of the most significant occurred in January when
Brian Brennan and
Mary Ann Johnson became full-time archival staff
members and, in June, Jacqueline Truitt and
Amy Kyte joined the team. These individuals perform the daily operations of the unit,
including researching and answering patron requests; accessioning, processing, and
preserving archival, manuscript and rare book collections; and digitizing and cataloging
Two digital projects transformed the archives over the past year—at least in the virtual
world. First, several librarians implemented the institutional repository, a university-wide
database that stores and facilitates retrieval of digital images. Archives staff are
scanning and entering items into the database daily. Currently, the digital repository
contains nearly 400 historic photographs, numerous theses and dissertations, a few
salary/working papers, and several manuscripts. Patrons can access the digital repository,
called Digital-Dot-Maag, at
Second, library and archives
personnel developed an interactive timeline that highlights the university’s accomplishments.
Researchers will find the chronology at the following address:
The library purchased new furniture transforming the atmosphere and appearance of the
reading room. The mission-style cherry wood furnishings, designed and fabricated by local
craftsman Andre Silvers, not only adds a touch of class to the area, but also provides
patrons an attractive yet comfortable space to conduct historical research.
As always, the archives continue to collect materials from both on and off campus.
Some noteworthy collections recently acquired include:
- The Kenneth M. Lloyd Collection documenting the proposed Lake-to-River Waterway
- Additional Board of Trustee minutes
- Office of the Executive Vice President records
- Additional Dana School of Music materials
- Numerous historic photographs, newspaper clippings, college bulletins, and memorabilia
from Howard Rempes, former editor of the Jambar
Please call the Archivist at 330-941-3487 to transfer to the archives materials from
your area that document the history of the university. Likewise, please contact the
archives for research assistance on any aspect of university or local history.