April 01, 2014

Have you ever wondered what happened to that Susquehanna yearbook, what the original design of your dorm was, or even what someone in the Civil War was writing about? All of this and more is at your fingertips in the Susquehanna University Archives and its expanding digital collection.

“Anything you want to know about your alma mater is here,” says Rebecca Wilson, associate professor and associate director of the Blough-Weis Library. “The University Archives are a rich repository of photos, letters, yearbooks, newspapers and other memorabilia illustrative of the years that our alumni spent while on campus.”

The archives were organized in 2004 by a $75,000 donation from the Class of 1968. In 2010, seven library employees began digitizing selected items from the archives, thanks to funding from the Sloan Foundation and support from Lyrasis, a regional membership organization for library and information professionals. They finished scanning the selected archival material in early 2012, but like the history they preserve, development and digitization of the archives is an ongoing process. The Lanthorn, The Crusader, Susquehanna Alumnus, Susquehanna Today and Susquehanna Currents are among the archival material that is now digitized.

“Going forward, we will continue to add materials to the Internet Archive so our students and alumni will always have a visual and current connection to their alma mater,” Wilson says.

Visit Susquehanna’s digital archives at www.susqu.edu/suarchives.