By Keishera Lately/Clarion News
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- Beginning in 1866 and for the first 56 years, Lincoln was known as Lincoln Institute. It became Lincoln University in 1921. In celebration of this centennial year, Lincoln’s archivist, Mark Schleer, is displaying the legacies of the campus in the Archives and Ethnic Studies Center on the third floor of Page Library.
The archives holds more than 25,000 digitalized photos of LU. Photos date back to the 1870s to the present, consisting of graduations, campus life, staff, and alumni. Students and staff can find rare book collections and vertical files as well.
“We want to give people an invitation to see what we have, and what we do,” said Schleer during a recent tour of Archives offerings.
Schleer mentioned that there was not an official facility for the archives until 1997. He says it’s the Archives’ goal to “Maintain, preserve, and make accessible the holdings of the institution.”
The archivist encourages students, staff, and alumni to visit the Archives and Ethnic Studies Center to learn more about the fascinating history of Lincoln University.
The Archives is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more info about the Archives, click here.