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Preservation News from the Archives

By Heidi Benedict, University Archives


As this week is Preservation Week, the Archives would like to share some of the projects from the past academic year:

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The Hawks’ Herald: For more than 5 years work-study students have been digitizing student newspapers, from as far back as 1961 when it was called The Quill. At this point almost all the student newspapers through 2011 have been completed. You can access them on the library website at http://docs.rwu.edu/student_pubs/.


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Slide Collection: About 7 years ago , the Archives inherited an extensive slide collection, including shots of campus buildings, aerials, and Commencement. These slides have now been digitized.



Campus Renderings: In 2003 the University architectural illustrator Gary Barron created hand-drawn pencil renderings of campus buildings. Megan Lessard, Archives and Digital Services Specialist, created digital copies of these drawings for the Archives. The original drawings hang in Facilities.


Yearbooks: Work-study student Victoria Ramos has been using the copy stand to photograph yearbooks for preservation purposes only. She has completed digitizing yearbooks from 1970-1980. Those wishing to view yearbooks must still visit the Archives to do so.

Contact Heidi Benedict if you’d like access to the slide collection or campus renderings.