Mining for Old

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flagpole circa 1916

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Newly Acquired Papers of an Elusive Norwich President

March 18, 2016

There have been some exciting additions to the University Archives collections over the last year. One is the papers of Charles Hildreth Lewis, which were generously donated to us by one of his descendants. We are so grateful for the families of our past alumni, faculty, and staff for sharing these important materials with us. Lewis […]

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Why We Have Rules (It’s Not Because We’re Mean!)

February 16, 2016

Recently, while digitizing letters from the Alden Partridge Papers, we came across a letter that had been badly marred by an ink spill. You can just imagine the 1826 version of “d’oh!” being exclaimed when this happened! Of course the first thought through the archivist’s brain was…this is why we don’t use pens in the […]

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Someone Has to Win!

January 15, 2016

It’s no Powerball, but the deadline is a month away for Norwich students to submit their work from the past year to be considered for one of seven prizes for student scholarship. The Friends of the Kreitzberg Library will award a total of $5,500 to students across all grade levels and disciplines, including a $1,000 […]

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From the Reading Room: Images of our Cavalry Past

December 11, 2015

Greetings! You haven’t heard from us in a while. That’s because “Mining for Old” has transitioned to a once-a-month posting schedule due to our staff taking over the 200 Things About Norwich project in celebration of the university’s bicentennial. We hope you will continue to watch this space for updates about the latest projects, new collections, […]

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Telling Veterans’ Stories in the Digital Age

November 11, 2015

In the 1920s, following the end of World War I, Norwich University circulated a survey to its alumni in order to collect information on their service in the Great War. Nearly 100 years later, the University Archives is in possession of these surveys, and they provide rich and valuable insights into the impact of World War […]

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Help Us With A Mystery!

November 6, 2015

This photograph is captioned as depicting the groundbreaking for Alumni Hall in 1902. We’re having a tough time wrapping our minds around the geography–the old Jackman Hall is visible in the background up on a hill, but today, Alumni and Jackman Halls are more or less on the same plane. We know that the Upper Parade […]

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I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost!

October 30, 2015

Some of the most popular questions we get asked here in the Archives relate to the ghoulies and ghosties that supposedly lurk around campus–we couldn’t think of a more perfect topic to address the day before Halloween! Norwich ghost stories are many and familiar. The two we hear about most often are the haunting of […]

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Pop! Goes the Archives

October 23, 2015

We’ve been at it again! A Pop Up Archives appeared yesterday afternoon in the library lobby. We had a lot of fun asking students to answer the question “what’s your favorite song?” for our Magical Box of History, plus we showed off some awesome items from our collections documenting the history of the library! One […]

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The Many Lives of Dewey Hall

October 15, 2015

Dewey Hall was completed in 1902, the third building to be built on the Northfield campus of Norwich University and the oldest building still standing today. We’ve posted in the past about its namesake, Admiral George Dewey, and about the role the building played in establishing today’s Upper Parade Ground. Today we thought we’d take […]

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Pop Up Recap: Jackman Hall and the Founding of Norwich

October 9, 2015

If you were in Jackman Hall at lunch time yesterday, we hope you stopped by our first Pop Up Archives booth of the month. We are celebrating American Archives Month by taking our collections to the streets and demonstrating that history is everywhere! The theme of our first Pop Up Archives was the history of […]

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