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Salem College Libraries: Archives & Special Collections

Digital Collections

The following collections are available online:

Special Collections & Archives at Salem

The Salem Academy and College Archives is responsible for acquiring, managing, preserving and making accessible to the community as an educational resource, institutional materials and records of permanent historical value pertaining to the Academy and College.   The Archives collect administrative and fiscal records, manuscripts, photographs, maps, architectural plans, scrapbooks, and letters from presidents, academic departments, student organizations, faculty, students and alumnae that help document and illustrate the history, programs, events and goals of the institution.

As is the case with most archives, access to the Salem materials depends upon the researcher’s ability to describe as precisely as possible the question being pursued.  Unlike the library's circulating collections, the materials in the archives are neither fully cataloged nor organized for patron browsing or ready access.

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Kay McKnight

Policies

Members of the library staff prepare and utilize a variety of in-house finding aids, and they shelve the materials according to current preservation practices. As is the case with most archives, access to the Salem materials depends on the researcher's ability to describe as precisely as possible the question being pursued.

Authorized staff members use this information to identify and retrieve relevant material, deliver it to a designated area for supervised examination by the researcher, and (if appropriate) make any necessary copies. Because this process requires substantial amounts of library time, it is important for would-be archival researchers first to have conducted preliminary research on their topics using available resources.

A student who hopes to carry out research on some aspect of the history of Salem Academy and College will consult with a Salem reference librarian to identify any available information and with the faculty member who will award academic credit for the research project.   The student will draw up and present to the archivist a written research proposal, approved and signed by the faculty member, that:

  1. Clearly describes the research question(s) to be pursued;
  2. Lists and discusses the preliminary research that has been done, demonstrating the need for further work using Salem archival resources, and;
  3. Confirms that, at the same time the final project is submitted for a grade, the student will give a duplicate copy to the archives.
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