While we are constantly looking towards the future and making things bigger and brighter, a step back in history can be a refreshing change of perspective. The archives, located in Nicholson Library, is focused on collecting and preserving the history of Anderson University and the Church of God Movement. This permanent record storage maintains published works, as well as unpublished materials that offer greater insight into the lives of those who have made AU what it is today.
Nic Don Stanton-Roark MTS ’16, the university’s archivist, keeps history alive. It is obvious that Stanton-Roark is passionate about what he does by the way he eagerly shows off all of the books, documents, photos, and even etiquette guides. He feels a level of responsibility to continue the proper preservation the artifacts need, but he constantly seeks new ways to share these artifacts.
The archives are currently in an exciting period of transition as it is becoming more digitally accessible. They are establishing a social media presence that can be followed on Twitter @ArchivesAU. Stanton-Roark and archives intern, Graeme States BA ’21, explain that many presidential libraries use social media to increase their public engagement. Through sharing photos and creating hashtags, these hosts of collections are able to demonstrate the importance and excitement of studying history.
Proper preservation of the artifacts is extremely important because some of these are the only copies to exist. Both Roark-Stanton and States agree that a love of history is personally and communally important to the archives and this process of preservation. “There is no media that will last forever. Not even the internet,” Stanton-Roark shares. But one thing that will last is the dedication of AU’s archivists and archivists around the world.
Written By: Erin Smith BA ’20
Anderson University is a private, liberal arts institution in Anderson, Indiana with a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service in the church and society. Anderson University is recognized among top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, Colleges of Distinction, and The Princeton Review. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university now offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music education, and theology.
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