SUNY Potsdam Archivist Promote Preservation of Campus Items


SUNY Potsdam student and archives employee Brandon Edwards poses in front of the College Archives with a photo of the original Agnonian Sorority members.

The archivists at SUNY Potsdam welcome students, staff and faculty to participate in “Bring it to the Archives Week,” from April 15 to 19 on the second floor of the Frederick W. Crumb Memorial Library.

This week will be dedicated to preserving the histories of current groups and organizations on campus. Student groups can submit their documents and pictures to an archivist and explore the current archives.

“Many current groups don't realize that the College Archives can preserve their legacy,” said Elizabeth Andrews, user services librarian.

Matt Francis, the College’s archivist, feels strongly about the importance of the archives.

“As I’ve worked with our historic materials, I’ve noticed we have limited records from student organizations on campus. Students are the life of any campus, and this project is a way to raise visibility of both the archives, and student organizations,” said Francis.

“Bring it to the Archives Week” is the perfect time for student groups to preserve their histories and to familiarize themselves with the archives and how they work.

“We really care about our history. Many people are interested in student groups and their perspectives. A lot of people want to know what it’s like to be a student. The materials that we will collect from groups will give a useful student-based insight,” said Francis.

Local alumni and community members with items of interest to the College are also encouraged to contact the archive about their materials.

About the Archives:

The SUNY Potsdam College Archives and Special Collections is located on the second floor of Crumb Library, and is SUNY Potsdam's designated repository for the archives, manuscript collections and rare books.

The College Archives collects, preserves and makes accessible historical records documenting the history of SUNY Potsdam, from its founding as the St. Lawrence Academy in 1816 to the present. These materials represent campus history from the perspectives of former and current administrators, faculty, staff, alumni and students.

For more information about the Archives at SUNY Potsdam, please visit

Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts.