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College Archives

What Does the Archives Do?

College Archives


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

Image of the Eliot exhibit looking into the gallery from the doorway of the gallery. To the left is a panel with an image of the title page of the Eliot Bible and title of the exhibit. Inside the gallery, a vertical exhibit case is shown with books visible inside it and against the back wall is a map still from one of the videos available.

Eliot's Bible: Celebrating 100 Years of the Vining Collection

This exhibit celebrates the 100th anniversary of the gift of the Vining Rare Book Collection and highlights one of its crown jewels - John Eliot's "Indian Bible" (1663). The Eliot Bible was translated into the local dialect of the Algonquian language for the Wampanoag people of Massachusetts Bay. It was the first complete Bible printed in the Western Hemisphere and the earliest known example of translation of the Scriptures into a language of no previous written word. 

On display: September 28 - December 9, 2021

The Small Gallery at Barrington College for the Arts, Gordon College

Gallery hours | Monday-Saturday | 9 A.M. - 7 P.M.

This exhibit will also be available online on the Exhibits page for anyone who is unable to make it to the in person exhibit or wants to relive it. 

Image of the exhibit up in the Reference Room. The panels of all featured alumni are visible with four panels on either side of the wall with black and white photos and four panels in the middle with color photos of more recent alumni. Situated roughly in the center of the wall is the exhibit case with items inside barely visible.

One Body: Preserving a Diverse Legacy

The Gordon College Archives and Multicultural Initiatives Office (MIO) is proud to present a collaborative exhibit celebrating the stories of diverse students throughout Gordon College's and Barrington College's histories. This exhibit features students from 1926-2015 from all over the world. Check out the exhibit in-person in the Jenks Library Reference Room (open during library hours). 

Not able to make it in person? No worries. You can view the online version of the exhibit over on the exhibits page. Have your own story that you would like to share? Visit the alumni page to fill out our oral history form or email us at!

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American Archives Month

October is American Archives Month! Join us on the Jenks Library social media pages to learn more about the College Archives, ask questions, and see special archival content. Also, visit our three exhibits to celebrate! Visit our Exhibits page to find out where and when you can view these exhibits!

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#AskAnArchivist Day

#AskAnArchivist Day is Wednesday, October 13th! Join us over at the Jenks Library social media pages to learn more about the College Archives and ask questions! Or email us your questions ahead of time at

Egyptian Sarcophagus Piece

Egyptian Sarcophagus Piece

Did you know that the College Archives has an Egyptian archaeological collection? It includes the above sarcophagus piece and much more. This fragment of a mummy case (or sarcophagus), the protective box that lay between a mummy and its coffin, is likely from the Third Intermediate Period (1070-664 B.C.), but may possibly resemble examples from the 22nd Dynasty (c. 943-720 B.C.) in Upper Egypt in both iconography and style. 

Learn more about this piece and the rest of the collection by visiting our exhibit Traveling through the Archives: Egypt and Arabia Petrea located outside of the Archives (Jenks 217). Or visit the online exhibit

Medieval Stained Glass on Campus

Did you know that the stained glass windows on display in the A.J. Gordon Memorial Chapel dates back to medieval times? These windows were originally installed in Prince Chapel (later demolished for Phillips Music Hall) and moved to their current location when the new chapel was built. A Tartan article from Nov. 8, 1957 states, "The rare stained glass windows featured in the chancel [of Prince Chapel] are from a medieval church built between the tenth and fourteenth centuries. The glass was in storage at another estate of Frederick Prince..." Frederick Prince owned the land that Gordon currently sits on. Next time you're in Chapel, make sure to appreciate these antique windows!