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
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.