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Archives Collection Policy

The Sister Mary Carmel McGarigle Archives was founded in 1990 and is located on the third floor of the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library. The Archives serves as a central resource for information collected about the diverse functions and historical records of the offices, departments, campus organizations, and student activities at Misericordia University. The objective of the Archives is to collect, preserve and provide access to records pertaining to the history of College Misericordia, the Sisters of Mercy, and to a lesser extent the local community.

The Sister Mary Carmel McGarigle Archives has grown as a result of generous donations from students, alumni, and the college community. The archival holdings include a wide range of formats including manuscripts, photographs, scrapbooks, rare books, pamphlets, publications, newspapers, maps, architectural drawings, artifacts, audio/visual recordings, and other memorabilia that support the Library’s mission to better serve the needs of the Misericordia University community. Some collections are searchable in the Library online catalog.

The Archives welcomes gifts in order to enhance the research and intellectual value of our holdings. In addition, we actively seek to acquire new collections in response to changing academic needs and interests. We are also committed to developing collections in areas where we have little coverage. At the discretion of Library staff, materials may also be transferred from the General Collection in order to preserve their intellectual and research value. All materials are non-circulating and are for use only in the Archives, except under special circumstances with permission from the Archivist or the Library Director. For more information about the Misericordia University Archives, please contact the Archivist or visit the archives website.