Archives and Special Collections collects and preserves the permanent historical record of Franklin and Marshall College (1853-present) and its related institutions: Franklin College (1787-1853), Marshall College (1835-1853), and Franklin and Marshall Academy (1871-1943).
In addition, Archives and Special Collections holds a number of major college publications, including student newspapers, yearbooks, student honors theses, and college catalogs as well as publications of the Alumni Association. Many of these have been digitized and are available through F&M Digital Collections.
Records within the F&M College Archives are organized into record groups based on the office/department of origin. Descriptions of the Archives record groups are available online.
Archives and Special Collections also supports the management of current records, providing guidance on records retention and on transferring records to the Archives.
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.