The McDaniel College Archives collects and houses records of historical value that document:
The intellectual, cultural, administrative, and social life of the College from 1866 to the present
Faculty/staff and faculty organizations, students and student organizations, prominent alumni and alumni organizations, and College administration
Programs initiated by students, faculty/staff, College offices/departments, and administration that reach out beyond the College community
The College’s curriculum and academic programs
These records may be papers/manuscripts, electronic files, photographs, video tapes, audio tapes, publications, memorabilia, ephemera, and similar types of materials.
The McDaniel College Archives also collects and houses the following records:
Western Maryland College records, including publications, created by or for the College in the course of College business from 1866-2002
McDaniel College records, including publications, created by or for the College in the course of College business from 2002 to the present
Types of records collected by the Archives may include:
Catalogs (Undergraduate and Graduate)
College-related personal papers of administrators, faculty, and staff
Ephemera from College activities
Event programs for graduation, commencement, performances, lectures, awards ceremonies, etc.
Fraternity and sorority campus chapter papers, publications, and artifacts
Meeting minutes from College committees
Memorabilia from alumni, faculty, and staff relating to the College
Oral histories from administrators, alumni, faculty, students, and staff
Photographs and production materials documenting the College, events, and people, including photographic prints, scripts, film, audio/video cassettes, and electronic files
Publications produced by the College, alumni, students, faculty, or staff
Scrapbooks kept during years at College or produced by classes for reunions
Personal and professional papers and materials of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and administrators which document a specific era in the history of the College
Material related to the College’s core curriculum
Published books on the history of Western Maryland College and McDaniel College
Published works in which materials from McDaniel College Archives are cited
Due to space limitations and preservation concerns, the Archives will no longer generally collect artwork, other art objects, or large pieces of furniture. These types of objects may be considered for acceptance into the Archives if they fit any of the following criteria:
The artwork depicts a campus building, campus event, or prominent individual with strong connections to the College (e.g., faculty member, trustee, administrator, etc.)
Other criteria to be determined by the Archivist and/or Library Director
Due to preservation and accessibility concerns, the Archives will no longer generally collect large deposits of newspaper clippings. Newspaper clippings which may be included as small portions of a larger collection may be considered for acceptance into the Archives.
Due to space limitations and preservation concerns, the Archives will no longer generally collect award plaques or trophies. These types of objects may be considered for acceptance into the Archives on a case-by-case basis.