Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Students Work to Preserve Bethany’s History

Two students have embarked upon a project to properly store academic records from the Registrar’s Office dating back to at least 1897. First-year students Niki Rea and Jonathan Mortimer became involved in preservation projects during January Term, when they worked with Archivist Sharon Monigold in saving a large cache of photographs from the 1980s. At the request of Dr. Gary Kappel, associate vice president for academic affairs, they have begun a new project this semester to transfer academic records housed in the basement of Phillips Hall from their original folders to acid-free archival folders and to store them in new cabinets to keep them safe from dirt and moisture.
The folders contain a treasure trove of information about the academic careers of thousands of Bethanians and include such things as handwritten notes from Bethany legends such as Miss Mahaffey, as well as information on future leaders of Bethany such as Wilber H. Cramblet and Kirk Woolery. Funding for the project is being provided by the Physical Plant and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness. Once all the academic records are safely stored, financial and business office records will also be organized and properly housed.