Chatham News

Chatham University Archives now available online

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
June 17, 2011

PITTSBURGH (June 17, 2011) … Chatham University’s Jennie King Mellon Library has recently completed its expansive digitization project with the Internet Archive. An array of publications from the University Archives are now available for viewing online, including Chatham’s entire collection of yearbooks (known as The Pennsylvanian from 1915 to 1955 and as The Cornerstone from 1956 through present day); issues of The Recorder, the alumni magazine, from 1883 to 1976; college catalogs from 1870 to 1991; issues of The Sorosis, the student news and literary magazine, from 1903 to 1921; The Arrow, the student newspaper, from 1923 to 1934 and from 1939 to 1948; The Minor Bird, the undergraduate literary magazine, from 1929 to 1936 and from 1958 to 1966, and the book Chatham College: The First Ninety Years by Laberta Dysart (1960).

“My overarching goal as the archivist here at Chatham University is to make resources on Chatham history more readily available,” says Rachel M. Grove Rohrbaugh, MLIS, Chatham archivist and public services librarian. “Before this digitization project, researchers often had to visit us here in Pittsburgh to make use of these materials. Now anyone with an Internet connection will be able to quickly access our most important publications in full-color with keyword searching capability.”

This exciting project was made possible through the LYRASIS Mass Digitization Collaborative—a Sloan Foundation grant-subsidized program that has made digitization easy and affordable for libraries and cultural institutions across the country. Chatham received additional support from the Archives Cummins Fund.

Through the Collaborative’s partnership with the Internet Archive, all items were scanned from cover-to-cover and in full color. The archive can be viewed through a variety of formats—page through a book choosing the “read online” option, download the PDF or search the full text version. To view the collection, visit http://www.archive.org/details/chathamuniversity.

For more information about this project and the publications that have been digitized, contact Ms. Grove Rohrbaugh at 412-365-1123 or rrohrbaugh@chatham.edu.

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About Chatham’s University Archives
The University Archives, housed in the Jennie King Mellon Library at Chatham University, serve to collect, preserve and make available records and information of continuing value to the Chatham community. These materials document the history of Chatham University from a small women’s college to a thriving coeducational institution and highlight the activities of Chatham’s faculty, staff, students and alumni. In support of the university’s educational mission, the archive staff strives to work closely with faculty and provide students with opportunities to learn about the research value of archival materials. The University Archives are open to the public; interested researchers may contact the archivist at 412-365-1212 or rrohrbaugh@chatham.edu. For more information, visit http://library.chatham.edu/screens/archives.html.

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information, call 800-837-1290 or visit www.chatham.edu.