Mission

mission_photoThe Elva Bell McLin Archives exists to identify, organize, preserve, and make available records and papers of enduring value. Its mission is twofold:

  1. to collect and maintain records of enduring value created or received by the University and its employees
  2. to collect and maintain records and papers of special interest to the University.

The focus of the collections is on materials pertinent to the history of the University and the surrounding community. The Archives collects such materials in any physical format.

Archives activities include:

  • Collecting, organizing, and preserving University publications, archival memorabilia, and faculty publications
  • Conducting interviews for the University’s Oral History Project
  • Adding portraits to the Wall of University Presidents
  • Organizing and preserving the University collection of antiquarian and rare books
  • Cataloging and indexing all archival material
  • Assisting patrons with information requests
  • Digitizing archival collections
  • Maintaining the Archives web page
  • Promoting the Archives through public relations and extending its funding base
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