Archives aren’t old and dusty anymore!

November 15th, 2010 by Louise Sherby

Think archives are dusty, cramped places where things are old and hidden away?  Not so at the Hunter College Libraries Archives & Special Collections.  Several important new developments have recently occurred.  First is the launch of our new web site Hunter College Archives & Special Collections which will direct you to all things interesting about our archival holdings.  Some of our most important collections are those of the Alumni Association of Hunter College and two affiliated organizations founded by Hunter alumni – the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House and the Women’s City Club of New York City.  Right now students in English 340.51: History of Rhetoric: Ancient and Modern are making extensive use of these collections and others to do research on political activism of women, social unrest in the 20th Century, the development of the settlement house movement and women’s studies at Hunter College.

We have also launched Hunter College in Pictures to showcase photos of Hunter College and its history as the Normal School.  Pictures range from our physical spaces to students in classes and on campus to past presidents and much more.  Ever wonder how Hunter College got its name?  Check out our flickr account to see a picture of founder Thomas Hunter, who served as president from 1870-1906.  Check back often as we continue to add pictures to this site.

Enjoy exploring the history of the College and how you might be able to incorporate that history into your class assignments and personal research.  Visit our site often as we plan to update it frequently and come visit us on the 2nd floor of the Wexler Library.

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