This morning we kickoff an exciting new era for the archives! Today is the first meeting of the new HIS 463: Archives Management course, offered as part of the Department of History, Political Science, and Geography's new Public History minor. The students will be reading about the principles and best practices of doing archival work, from appraising records to preserving photographs to organizing programming and community outreach. We also have a number of hands-on activities planned to give students real experience working with archival materials. Combined with an extensive reading regimen of the professional literature in our field, our students will be well-prepared to embark on a graduate program in public history and cultural heritage.
Students, don't forget! We're meeting in Painter 206 at 9:30am.
Last week Paul Hampton, MUW Class of 1986, and his wife Betty donated a set of materials to the archives from Delta Sigma Omega, the first men's fraternity on MUW campus. These pieces are from 1985, only three years after MUW became a co-educational university. They include a license plate, a button labeled "Delta Sigma Omega Lil Sis," the gavel used in their meetings, and a paddle decorated with the names of the members.
We extend our deepest thanks to the Hamptons for their contributions to the material record of this important period in The W's history!
The MUW Archives has switched its office to 231 Cromwell Communication Center. While the transfer of files from Orr continues, Cromwell is now the place to go to visit the archives and speak with the staff. Our phone is currently being switched over, but we expect to keep the same number, and of course our email, website and Facebook page will not be changing.
A big "howdy neighbor" to our new neighbors on 10th St. S and 6th Ave. S!
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231 Cromwell Communications Center Phone: (662) 241-7601
1100 College Street Columbus, MS 39701phone: 662.329.4750 or 877.462.8439