When I arrive to work at 7 a.m. things are pretty quiet. After settling in (that includes coffee), I think about what I hope to accomplish in the next 8 hours. Often, there are patron requests waiting. Sometimes it's a light request, "What is the oldest building on campus", "Do you have any information about … Continue reading Eight Hours Is Not Enough
Yesterday a group from our library visited Cantigny Park. I've lived in Illinois all of my life and have never visited or even heard of this wonderful place. The gardens are lush and beautiful. It's a mini version of Chicago Botanic Gardens although mini is perhaps the wrong word. There is no feeling of "smallness" … Continue reading Cantigny in Wheaton, IL
"The wise man built his house upon the rock, the wise man built his house upon the rock....." That childhood Sunday School song came to mind this week. The lower level of our library flooded last Friday during the night. There was a pump failure and the lower level took on 2-4 inches of water. … Continue reading The Wise Man Built His House Upon the Rock
I have been University Archivist for a year now. I'm in the "looking back-looking forward" phase. Much has been accomplished in one thin year with the assistance of the librarians (and one very savvy student worker). The digital repository is filling in nicely, there has been a heavy focus on increased awareness of the Archives … Continue reading Words of Wisdom for a New Archivist
This year's Aurora yearbook has been posted on Digital Commons at http://digitalcommons.olivet.edu/arch_yrbks/101 today. The previous 100 years of Auroras were scanned by the Internet Archive and posted there under a grant agreement as well as being posted on Digital Commons @ Olivet. The 2014 Aurora is downloadable as a complete file as well as separate section files; e.g., … Continue reading 2014 Aurora Posted
Graduating class of 1929 at "old" Olivet. Photo taken outside of the Administration Building in Olivet IL.
Our university archives is a good source for photos of early Olivet Nazarene University. We even have photos of the campus when it was St. Viator's (Catholic school). This year we will begin describing our archival holdings in an online database.
Benner Library and Resource Center has recently announced that Archivist Mary Ada Dillinger will be retiring at the end of May and Kratina Simmons will become the University Archivist as of June 1, 2014. Tina has been the Archivist Assistant for well over a decade and has the experience to take the reins. She has … Continue reading New Archivist Appointed
Welcome to the new Olivet Nazarene University Archives website. Mary Ada Dillinger and I will be occasionally posting here about projects we have underway and if there is any way you can help. See the home page for hours and contact information. It's a blog, so you can comment if you like. Be sure to … Continue reading Welcome