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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Limited Access

Beginning Monday, March 23, McDaniel College Archives will be CLOSED until further notice. For help with reference inquiries, please contact the College Archivist (via Email or Research Request Form). For more information, see the McDaniel College COVID-19 Information Page.

About the Archives

Archives Collection Policy

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:

  • Academic records
  • Administrative records
  • Annual reports
  • 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.