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PG-52281-14

Marywood University (Scranton, PA 18509-1598)
James Frutchey (Project Director: 05/06/2013 to present)

Archives Preservation, Movement, and Cataloging at the New Learning Commons

A preservation assessment and rehousing plan for the university's collection of artifacts, audiovisual records, books, university documents and publications, news clippings, and photographs. The university was the first college for women in the region and the first Catholic women's college in Pennsylvania. Administrative correspondence, newsletters, publications, memorabilia, and other materials document Marywood's development since its 1915 founding as well as elucidate the region's contributions to the transportation, textile, and anthracite coal industries and the history of immigration and industrialization. The assessment and plan would be used to prepare for rehousing the entire collection in a new 72,000 square-foot facility.

The Marywood University Archives document the history of the university and include artifacts, audiovisual records, books, university documents and publications, news clippings, and photographic objects. The collection reflects not just the history of the University but also that of Northeastern Pennsylvania and the greater United States. Founded in 1915, at a time when Pennsylvania had no women's suffrage, Marywood was the first college for women in the region and the first Catholic women's college in the state. The archives tie into the rich history of the region, which made significant contributions to the transportation, textile, and anthracite coal industries and reflected larger industrial and immigration trends in the United States. This grant will support the cost of securing a preservation consultant, who will survey the collection and assist in developing a plan for the preparation and organization of the archives in advance of their rehousing in a new dedicated space.

Project fields:
U.S. Regional Studies

Program:
Preservation Assistance Grants

Division:
Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2014 – 6/30/2015