Adventures in the Archives: An Introduction

Adventures in the Archives: An Introduction

Question: What do these things all have in common: seventeenth-century books, a Quran page from A.D. 1207, a typewriter that typed in Greek, and Carl Henry’s correspondence with Jimmy Carter?

Answer: All of these things can be found in Trinity’s archives, which are located in the Rolfing Library.

Many of you may not realize it, but the Rolfing Library contains two unconnected basements. One is accessible to everyone, while the other is not. The inaccessible basement was part of the original library building, built in 1974, while the basement that houses our books was part of the additions done to the library in 1984 and 1994. The original basement is what currently houses Trinity’s archives. Other uses for this basement have included the telefund office, a faculty office, and the bindery.

Unfortunately, Trinity does not have an archivist, so we must make do with amateurs. I am currently one of those amateurs. Although my primary role in the Rolfing Library is collection development for our books, I, along with my coworker Nathan, try to work in the archives whenever we can.  As I have worked down in the archives for the past year-and-a-half, I continue to come across interesting finds and stories. In a series of posts, I would like to highlight some of our treasures with you. Stay tuned.


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