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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

Snow Fun!

The campus welcomed its first significant snow storm of the winter on 12/17/2020. Though students weren't here to play in the snow, we can only imagine the snow forts that would have been built by our students. The snow fort pictured was built by Gordon College students after the Blizzard of 1978.

New Exhibit: Christiana Arabica

Make sure to check out our Fall 2020 Vinining Rare Book exhibit, Christiana Arabica, now on display in the Jenks Library Reference Room! The brain-child of Gordon College's Professor Damon DiMauro, this exhibit reflects the "growing attention paid to the Arabic world, whether for missionary, ideological, or simply scientific purposes." This exhibit will be up at least through the end of the Fall 2020 semester. 

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!