Heely Scholars research Lawrenceville during WWI

2103 Heely ScholarsBYLINE: ANDREAS VANDRIS ’14

POSTED: JULY 10, 2013

The inaugural class of Lawrenceville School Heely Scholars spent two weeks on campus exploring the School’s role in World War I through an archival lens to commemorate the upcoming 100th anniversary of the war’s beginning. With the help of School Archivist Jacqueline Haun and Project Archivist Casey Babcock, 2013 Heely Scholars Director Anne Louise Smit led rising Fifth Formers Courtnie Baek, Joshan Bajaj, Komron Shayegan, and Andreas Vandris as they conducted archival research to take a look into the past.

To investigate the effects of World War I on the School, the students pored over a wide expanse of archival material in the School’s collection including faculty records, alumni bulletins, student files,The Lawrence, and Olla Podrida. The group also had the opportunity to tour the School Archives and learn about the processes central to maintaining and cataloguing an archival collection. In addition to producing archival curriculum aids for teacher use, the Scholars will create an exhibit upon returning in the fall to showcase their findings to the entire School community.

Lawrenceville’s Heely Scholar program is a two-week seminar in archival research for rising Fifth Formers who have demonstrated a keen interest and ability in investigating a specific topic that has some tie to the School. Students are nominated by their teachers and then submit a written application. The intent of the program is to introduce students to primary research from the Stephan Archives (the School collection) and with planned excursions to other institutions. Recognizing that archival material exists to be used and not merely saved, the history department in collaboration with the Stephan Archives created the program so that students could explore and study the collection in a manner that will facilitate the access and enrichment of the Archives by the larger community. The Heely Scholars Program is made possible as part of a $6 million dollar gift to the Stephan Archives by John ’59 and Barbara Stephan.

MARAC Project Management for Archives workshop

Vincent J. Novara

Vincent J. Novara

On Tuesday, June 18, the Stephan Archives hosted a full-day workshop on project management for archival processing.  Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC), the workshop drew more than 25 archival professionals from the mid-Atlantic region, including staff from Columbia University, Bucknell University, and the Library of Congress, as well as Stephan Archives staff.  Speaker Vincent J. Novara, Curator of Special Collections in Performing Arts at the University of Maryland’s Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, introduced workshop participants to basic techniques and common tools for project management as adapted to an archives setting.  Attendees learned methods of prioritizing projects, creating detailed work plans and task schedules for staff, managing communication among project team members, and methods of tracking the progress of complex projects.

The workshop is one of several professional development opportunities offered annually by MARAC to archivists in the Mid-Atlantic region.  Begun in 1972, MARAC is a volunteer, regional consortium of archivists who live and work in the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and West Virginia, and in the District of Columbia. More than 1,000 members belong to the organization, representing government agencies, academic institutions, churches, businesses, historical societies, libraries, museums, and professional associations.  With a central mission of education and professional development, MARAC offers high quality conferences and advanced workshops at lowered prices thanks to the volunteer efforts of speakers and hosting institutions.

Historical Lawrence now available online

The digitized, searchable, historical database of

Lawrence head

…is here!

Check out more than 125 years of Lawrenceville history as seen through the eyes of student writers by going to digitalarchives.lawrenceville.org. Alumni, take a walk down memory lane of Lawrenceville as it was in your senior year — or experience the school in the time of your parents or grandparents!

Thank you, John Stephan ’59 and Barbara Stephan, for supporting what we hope to be the first of several digitization projects for The Lawrenceville School Archives.

Comments and questions should be directed to Jacqueline Haun, School Archivist, at jhaun (at) awrenceville.org.

The Stephan Archives on Alumni Weekend

Coming to campus on Alumni Weekend, May 2-4, 2013? Check out what is going on in the Stephan Archives as part of your visit!


Life in Old Lower

OldLower5501Due to popular demand, the Life in Old Lower exhibit, first displayed during Alumni Weekend 2011, will be on display again in the Bunn Library for Alumni Weekend 2013 and continuing through Memorial Day (May 27.) The exhibit features a life-size reconstructed Old Lower cubicle, decorated as it would have been in 1965. Located in the Main Lobby of the Bunn Library.

Now You’re Cooking!: The History of Dining at Lawrenceville

Cooking display caseThe Stephan Archives are celebrating nearly two centuries of culinary excellence in “Now You’re Cooking! The History of Dining at Lawrenceville,” currently on display in the Stephan Archives reading room during regular library hours. Nearly 50 items will be on exhibit, including a century-old Tiffany & Co. tea set, locally produced china, a colonial-era glass bottle, and even a recently retired plastic cafeteria tray. Foodies will be especially fascinated by the Calliopean Society banquet menus, which date back to 1893 and feature such delights as terrapin soup, frozen nesselrode pudding, and consommé pritaniere.  Through October 2013.

Celebrating 25 Years of Coeducation at Lawrenceville

1985 Lawrentian coverA visual timeline of the history of women on Lawrenceville’s campus before and after coeducation, Lawrenceville female “firsts,” and the story of the historic 1985 decision to accept female students.  Located in the display cases in the Main Lobby and on the second floor of the Bunn Library, through July 1.

School Presidents of the Major Reunion Years

1888 WintonA rotating slide show featuring the School Presidents from the classes ending in 3s and 8s, located in the Archives Reading Room of the Stephan Archives. Through May 27.

In the Hutchins Gallery, Gruss Center of Visual Arts

“From His Friend – Abraham Lincoln”

Lucy Harmon McPherson001An exhibit of the School’s collection of Lincolnalia, including a lock of Abraham Lincoln’s hair in a mourning locket, a copy of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates, and other memorabilia from the family of Lucy Harmon McPherson, wife of Lawrenceville Head Master Simon J. McPherson. Only available through Alumni Weekend.

Other Events

Archives Open House

An opportunity to see the new archives storage and exhibit spaces will take place on Saturday, May 4, from 2- 4 p.m. While visiting the renovated space, check out our demo of the newly digitized historical Lawrence at digitalarchives.lawrenceville.org.