Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Donating to the Archives

Dear DSU Alumni,

It is nearly spring!  The season officially begins on March 20, but here on the DSU campus spring has already sprung. The trees are blooming, the tulips are popping up, and the grass is green.  Last week the campus facilities team cleaned and refreshed the grounds while our students celebrated spring break.  This can only mean one thing.  It’s time for spring cleaning!

Alumni, as you brave the recesses of your garage, closets, or maybe even your attic (eek!), you are likely to encounter items from your college heydays.  Have you considered donating them to Delaware State University?

The University Archives utilizes the records and artifacts gifted by alumni to support the further growth of the university.   Alumni records are used in a diversity of manners which currently include marketing initiatives, public programming and exhibits, in support of student research, and in a forthcoming coffee table book.

I have personally met many of you, and I know that you possess a wealth of information about this university and local community.  I have heard your amazing stories!  I am asking you to now consider sharing your tangible records with me.  I am confident that many of you have sports apparel, photographs, event programs, news clippings, personal correspondence with classmates, scrapbooks, and so much more.  Will you consider gifting these items to the archives?

I promise to properly care for them.  Your items will become a collection that bears your name and is accompanied by a research guide that tells your story.  Additionally, your collection will be preserved in acid-free boxes and stored in a controlled environment.

The most cherished items in the university archives do not come from the Board of Trustees, presidents, or faculty.  They come from former students who made this school home.  Please call me at 302-857-6130 or email me at rscherry@desu.edu to learn more.

Men relaxing in the T-building c. 1960. This photograph was donated
to the archives by alumnae Eula Maloy Oliver in 2015. 

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