Surprise! The archives is getting a new and improved home!
Formerly the archives was located on the second floor of the William C. Jason Library in a converted conference room and office suite. Last summer, however, the athletic advising department, also located on the second floor, received a $500,000 grant to renovate the entire floor to create a more inviting space for athlete study halls. The hope is that by enhancing student-athletes’ access to academic resources and advisers, retention rates will improve.
On May 9, 2016 construction began! The first phase of the project centered around preparations for the future site of the archives including demolition followed by framing, electrical wiring, and drywall. Once the walls were in place, work on the second floor began. All traces of the former spaces have since been obliterated as walls were knocked out, lights removed, and wiring exposed.
Dan and I have been busy, busy, busy, relocating the archives into temporary storage - well out of the path of fast-paced guys with hammers. The current status of the archives is chaos due to the archival materials being spread throughout study rooms and classrooms on first and fourth floors of the library (no need to hit the gym after work), but we’re hoping the end results are well worth the effort. Time will tell!
|Former Second Floor Archives Suite|
|Future Home of the Archives|
|Former Second Floor layout. The Archives entrance was located |
in the back corner - second door from the left in this picture.
|Same view as the picture above. The Archives door is|
next to the orange ladder.
|Alternative view of the Second floor.|
|One of five rooms that is temporarily housing archival materials.|