On Monday, November 3rd, the High Library staff was excited to celebrate the official dedication of the Earl H. & Anita F. Hess Archives and Special Collections. The afternoon included a dessert reception with fantastic music by Marissa Jones ’15 and Frank Zarefoss ’15, a dedication ceremony, ribbon cutting, and tours of the Hess Archives. The new facility combines our College Archives and Special Collections with the rare book and manuscript holdings of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies. The dedication was a wonderful chance to celebrate the generous donors and College community members who made the new Archives possible, the Facilities crew who worked tirelessly to construct the new space, as well as the staff of the Library and Young Center who coordinated the move.
The Hess Archives is climate controlled for optimum preservation conditions and features a state of the art fire suppression system. Materials are housed in a series of compact, moveable shelving, which allows us to maximize the storage space. The Hess Archives also includes a beautiful reading room with plenty of space for researchers, a processing area, and an office for our new Archivist. We will be working on a variety of projects over the next year to organize the materials and make them accessible to researchers.
Interested in learning more about the Hess Archives and our unique holdings? Contact the Archivist, Rachel Grove Rohrbaugh at firstname.lastname@example.org or x1506. Also, feel free to stop by Rachel’s office adjacent to the Hess Archives on level 1 of the High Library.