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Archives and Special Collections at Saint Joseph's University

by Cynthia Slater on 2021-10-25T09:49:51-04:00 in History | Comments

October is American Archives Month.

SJU’s Archives and Special Collections has been used by researchers both in person and remotely during the pandemic.

An archive provides documentary evidence of activities that take place in an institution. Primary source documents, photographs, and media give us a clearer and less biased view of events than secondary sources. Archivists use standard archival practices and ethics to advocate for ethical information management by preserving materials in their original state and then creating public access to these materials. Preserving an institution’s history is part of promoting the mission of an institution.

SJU archives shelves

Below is part of a diary page from the archive written by Charles Esling, an early alumnus who graduated in 1903. His diary gives a first-hand account of some of Saint Joseph’s College’s early history.

Charles Esling diary segment

In this photograph (below) of a 1901 Alumni directory we can see the name of Joseph McKenna, an alumnus who was a Supreme Court Justice with an address listed as the Supreme Court in Washington DC. Materials like this helped a class at SJU research McKenna’s genealogy and later life.

Happy American Archives Month!  You can find more information about our collections here, and on the guide Archives and Special Collections.   We are open for in person research; contact us here

Lesley Carey, SJU Archives & Special Collections

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