C. Elizabeth Boyd '33 Archives

The C. Elizabeth Boyd '33 Archives is named in honor of Miss Boyd (class of 1933) who served as the College's registrar from 1956 to 1971.  After her retirement in 1971, she was granted emeritus status for her exemplary service.  As registrar, she worked closely with College records and understood their value.  From 1979 to 1994 Miss Boyd served as archivist, working doggedly to prevent the destruction and loss of College records.  In addition, she encouraged many alumnae and other College friends to donate Wilson-related materials. 

Use of the Collections

The C. Elizabeth Boyd '33 Archives is located within the Hankey Center. Archives materials are housed in secure, temperature- and humidity-controlled stack areas for the preservation of special materials. Due to the uniqueness of our archival materials, they do not circulate outside of the Hankey Center. Procedures for use are designed to ensure proper handling of materials consistent with our commitment to preserving our collections for future generations.

The  Archives has a growing number of finding aids available to search online. Just click the "Search the Archives" link in the left-hand navigation to view our searchable database! Not all collections have finding aids available at this point, and not all collection items can be viewed. Some records in the C. Elizabeth Boyd '33 Archives have restrictions placed on them for various reasons that include privacy, state and federal regulations, and issues of fragility and preservation. These restrictions are usually noted in the various access tools available to researchers. If you questions, please contact the Archives for more information.

Visiting the Archives

You are encouraged to visit the C. Elizabeth Boyd '33 Archives to conduct research or just to view our wonderful collections! The Reading Room is equipped with tables and outlets.  Wireless internet access is available for wireless devices. A public computer terminal is also accessible for  searching the College Library Catalog and viewing other online resources.

Photocopying, scanning or photographing materials in the Archives is done by the staff.


The reading room of the C. Elizabeth Boyd '33 Archives and the Wilson Archival Collections are open for research use 9-12 and 1-4:30 or by appointment.. Please contact us at hankeycenter@wilson.edu or 717-262-2049 to set up a research appointment.

Closed all campus holidays


The C. Elizabeth Boyd '33 Archives are located in the Hankey Center. You can enter through the main entrance which is wheelchair accessible. The Hankey Center has its own parking conveniently located outside the main entrance. See Campus Map for location.


Now Open!

Civil Rights at Wilson College: The Students Lead the Way

This exhibit chronicles Civil Rights at Wilson College, including the fight for integration of a Chambersburg-area restaurant, and one alum's experiences in Freedom Summer in Mississippi. Also included is a documentary by Hankey Center work-study Jessika Dockery about students at Wilson during 1964. 

 Bring your smartphones and try our *new* QR codes for exclusive access to interviews!




Interns at the Hankey Center and the C. Elizabeth Boyd ’33 Archives have the opportunity for hands-on work with a variety of materials including correspondence, newspapers, photographs, scrapbooks, textiles, and artifacts. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply, especially those interested in gaining experience in archives, women's studies or public history. Please click on one of the links below for information about how to apply.

Wilson_College_Internship_description on Wilson_students.pdf

Reference Services

For more information about the history of Wilson College contact:

Leigh Rupinski, College Archivist
Phone: 717-262-2049

Amy Ensley, Director of the Hankey Center
Email: hankeycenter@wilson.edu
Phone: 717-264-4141 x3279

Class and Campus Presentations

The Hankey Center staff actively wants you to understand Wilson history. Faculty members at Wilson work with staff of the Hankey Center to incorporate historical Wilson material in their courses. In the past students from history, sociology, environmental studies, art, dance, French, and mass communication have used our materials. Our historical materials document Wilson’s important role in many disciplines.

Contact Us

Amy Ensley, Director of the Hankey Center
Coordinator of WISMAT
717-264-4141, Ext: 3279


Leigh Rupinski, College Archivist

Digital Collections


View our digital exhibits at:





If you have Wilson-related items that might be of interest to researchers, please consider donating to the C. Elizabeth Boyd ’33 Archives! Your items can be of use to students and researchers. We collect diaries, scrapbooks, correspondence, photographs, memorabilia, club records, event programs, and more. For more information, please contact me at 717-262-2049 or leigh.rupinski@wilson.edu. 

Contact Information

Amy Ensley
Director of the Hankey Center
Coordinator of WISMAT

Leigh Rupinski
College Archivist