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University Archives

The Anderson University Archives and Special Collections is located in the Thrift Library. 

The archives contains records and items from Anderson College and Anderson University's past, such as yearbooks, literary magazines, and files from university departments and various faculty. The archives is also home to collections of prominent individuals associated with the institution, including Lily Strickland and Johnny Mann. 


What is an archive? Why is it important?

According to the National Archives, an archive is "a place where people can go to gather firsthand facts, data, and evidence from letters, reports, notes, memos, photographs, and other primary sources."

Archives are important because they preserve the past for future generations.

"Look to the past as a means of weighing the present and the future" - US Senator Richard B. Russell (1897-1971)

Leaders and Graduates of Anderson College - November 5, 1949 - Anderson Daily Mail

Digital Collections

The Anderson University Archives partnered with the Internet Archive and Lyrasis to digitize historical documents. To browse the entire collection, click here.

Historic Photographs

Dorm room in 1915

The library, 1927

Archery, 1942

Theater, 1951

The band, 1974