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College Archives

College Archives

Mission

The mission of the Gordon College Archives is to identify, collect, arrange, preserve, and make accessible materials that document the programs, people, and operations of Gordon College and Barrington College as well as rare and unique collections that support the College’s administration, teaching, research, and services. 

To accomplish this mission, the College Archives will:

Provides Access. The Archives supports researchers of all kinds by providing the widest possible access to the materials. 

Collect & Preserve. The Archives collects, preserves, and makes accessible college records, rare books, and special collections that relate to the teaching and mission of the college. 

Protects Gordon's Cultural Heritage. The Archives strives to collect and promote material representing a diverse prospective of the College's history. 

Encourages Discovery. The Archives enriches the curriculum of the College by providing opportunity for first-hand research and discovery of rare texts. 

Stories from the Archives

March is Women's History Month

In honor of Women's History Month the Archives wanted to spotlight Winifred Currie. Currie was not only a Gordon student (Class of 1945), but also returned to Gordon in 1962 as a Professor of Education and created Gordon's Reading Center, which was a precursor to our current Academic Success Center (ASC). Before returning to Gordon she was a missionary in Africa in the Belgian Congo for 15 years. She taught in the local schools and was also, at one point, in charge of 50 missions schools before having to leave in 1960. But that's not all! As a part of her missionary service she would often fly around Africa on supply runs because she was also a licensed pilot! 

Celebrating Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month the Archives wanted to feature alum Arthur Whitaker. After high school he was drafted into the US Army and fought in WWII receiving multiple awards. Upon being honorably discharged, Arthur attended Gordon College and graduated in 1949. At Harvard Divinity School, Whitaker met Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and supported King's efforts with the Civil Rights Movement, even appearing as a witness in a hearing held by the United States Commission on Civil Rights in New York, in 1966. He held many titles over his lifetime including minister, sociologist, author, professor, and psychologist. To learn more about Arthur Whitaker check out this story on The Bell.

Israel: Selections from the Gordon College Archives

A new exhibit is up outside of the Archives, located on the second floor of Jenks Library. This exhibit was created by our Fall 2019 intern Eva Erickson. The exhibit contains materials from the Vining Collection in Hebrew, Syriac, and Samaritan as well as items from our Tel Dothan Archaeological Collection dating from 1200 - 600 B.C.