For This ‘New Year’ . . . Make An Historic ‘New Millennium Resolution’
You might say it’s a case of “Bring out the old” as you “Ring in the new.”
The “old” would be material that you or your department think might have historic value if kept in the University Archives. The “new” would be your resolution to do this during the New Year – the first year of the “New Millennium.”
The timing could not be better, says Edward W. Tawyea, MSLS, University Librarian. “Leaving one millennium for another is the perfect time to think of the significance of many of the materials and documents important to Jefferson’s history and growth, and to make these items part of Jefferson’s permanent record.”
“While some experts say the real millennium doesn’t begin until 2001, January 2000 is an excellent time to start thinking of materials important to archive.”
Located on the fourth floor of the Scott Library, the University Archives and Special Collections Department serves a vital function as Thomas Jefferson University’s “institutional memory.” It acquires and preserves important records, books, photo-graphs, personal papers, memorabilia and other historical materials that document the development of Jefferson and its constituent institutions, affiliates and alumni.
Faculty members rely on the Archives for research and teaching, and many items are reproduced or referenced in a variety of University publications. Archives materials are also available to the general public.
“By providing resources to aid administrative and historical research, the Archives points to where the University is going by showing where it has been,” says Mr. Tawyea.
If you feel your office has files or other materials that should be preserved as part of the University’s permanent record, or wish help in evaluating the legal, administrative or historical value of the material, please contact Beth Bensman, University Archivist, at 215-503-8097 or firstname.lastname@example.org