By Jamina Tribbett, Indiana State University
The Indiana State University Archives is working to preserve the legacy of student organizations by collecting their memorabilia.
“History is important,” said Katie Sutrina-Haney, university archivist. “Collecting student organizations’ memorabilia tells us a story of what a group of people have done and how they impacted Indiana State.”
University archives, located on the third floor of the Cunningham Memorial Library, want students to donate material that holds meaning to the organization in order to capture its history on this campus. The department is interested in material such as photos, flyers, newsletters, newspaper clippings, minutes, organizational by-laws, programs, trophies, membership lists, scrapbooks and more.
“We understand that the times are changing and most of what we have is stored on our computers, but we want that stuff, too,” Sutrina-Haney said. “Digital history is still history.”
All of the memorabilia collected by university archives are assessed, cleaned and carefully stored. Every item that is donated will be put on a digital inventory online for people to search university records.
“In order to keep your memorabilia intact and to prevent any further degradation, we protect it with acid free folders, sleeves and boxes,” said Sutrina-Haney.
The purpose of collecting your history at Indiana State is not only for future members of the organizations. The university and community are also interested in what they are doing on campus now to affect change in the future. In order to preserve organizations’ memories and histories, it must be publically accessible. The university archive is the best way to protect this legacy while providing direction to the next generation of student leaders.
“It is easy to access donated memorabilia for viewing purposes,” Sutrina-Haney said. “All you have to do is go the reading room, located on the third floor of the Cunningham Memorial Library, and our staff will help you find what you are looking for.”
To be a part of Indiana State history and donate a student organization’s memorabilia, contact Katie.firstname.lastname@example.org a business day in advance of dropping off any material to university archives, which is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.