The College Archives


Old Main, then known as Recitation Hall, ca. 1892.
College Archives Resources
    Record Group Descriptions
    Literary Society Records
   NEW! F&M Student Newspapers 1873-2001
    F&M Voices: Oral Histories
    F&M Founding Documents Online
    Vietnam Veterans Oral Histories (PDF)
   NEW! Digitized Student Honors Theses

Records Management
    Overview and Services
    Records Retention Guidelines
    Transferring Archival Records
    UPDATED! Honors Thesis Consent Form
    & Submission Instructions

Historical Information
    Franklin & Marshall College Timeline
    College Presidents
    Chairs of the Board of Trustees
    Brief History of Campus Buildings
    Brief History of the Alumni Association
    Williamson Medalists

Online Features
     F&M on Film: Early College
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     The College History Quiz
     F&M From the Air
     F&M Ghost Stories
     F&M Postcard Tour
     Archival Photo Gallery
     Historic photo albums
     50 Years of Change at F&M

Other Information
    Citing Primary Sources
    College History Bibliography

The College Archives collects and preserves the permanent historical record of Franklin & Marshall College (1853-present) and its related institutions: Franklin College (1787-1853), Marshall College (1835-1853), and Franklin & Marshall Academy (1871-1943). The collections include both non-current official and unofficial records of Administrative and Academic departments, including correspondence, memoranda, minutes, agenda and in-house publications; biographical information on alumni, administration, faculty and staff; student theses and memorabilia; works published by faculty and alumni; sound and video recordings; and photographs that document people, events and the evolution of campus through time.

Most materials are available to student, faculty, staff, alumni and public researchers. However, some official records of the Board of Trustees, Academic Departments, the Offices of the President, Provost, Registrar, the Dean of the College, and other administrative offices may be confidential or restricted to the use of administrative staff and require the permission of the office of origin for their use. Interested researchers should contact the Archives and Special Collections Librarian for specific information on what materials are available for study.

Major college publications retained in the Archives include: the student newspapers, College Days (1873-1879), The College Student (1881-1914),The F&M Weekly (1891-1915), The Student Weekly (1915-1964) and The College Reporter (1964-present). The years 1873-1879 and 1891-2001 are now viewable and searchable online; the College's yearbook, The Oriflamme (1883-present) and the F&M Academy's Epilogue (1914-1942); the annual College Catalog (various titles) (1837-present); faculty works; and the Alumni Association publications, Franklin and Marshall College Alumnus (1924-1968), F&M Today (1973-1988), F&M News (1988-1994) and Franklin and Marshall College Magazine (1994-present).

A bibliography of publications relating to the history of Franklin and Marshall College is available.

In addition, a list of Lancaster, PA historic newspapers is also available.

Please see the Transfer Guidelines for information regarding the types of records academic and administrative offices should transfer to the College Archives.

Senior Honors Theses can be submitted at any time to the College Archives by following the guidelines and release form provided here.


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