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.