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Wilson College Archives Opens New 'On the Books' Exhibit

Posted: March 30, 2011

3/30/2011 Wilson College: On the Books, a new exhibit at the C. Elizabeth Boyd ‘’33 Archives, explores more than 100 years of Wilson’s written record. The exhibit, which is housed in the college’s Hankey Center, is open now through June 10.
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DATE: March 30, 2011
CONTACT: Amy Lucadamo, Archivist
Phone: 717-262-2049
Email: amy.lucadamo@wilson.edu


CHAMBERSBURG, PA – Wilson College: On the Books, a new exhibit at the C. Elizabeth Boyd ‘’33 Archives, explores more than 100 years of Wilson’s written record. The exhibit, which is housed in the college’s Hankey Center, is open now through June 10.

Items on display include the student government association recording secretary’s notebook containing minutes from a Feb. 19, 1979, emergency meeting called in response to the announcement that the college would close at the end of that academic year. Other materials of note include the first Wilson Board of Trustees minutes book and permanent record books from the early 1900s.

“Whether in hand-written minute books or dormitory guest registers, students' permanent records or letters from the president's office, financial ledgers or the library's circulation register - everything from Wilson's history was recorded,” said Wilson Archivist Amy Lucadamo. “Everything was On the Books.”

Some of the more unusual records in the exhibit are the letterpress copy books from the early 1900s. The books contain records of outgoing correspondence from the president’s office that were created using a technique called a letter copying press or a book press. Books contained blank, tissue-thin paper. A newly typed or written letter – created with special, copying ink – was placed on a dampened page while the rest of the pages were protected by oilcloths. The book was then closed and a mechanical press screwed it down tightly, creating an impression of the original letter that was essentially, a facsimile down to the original signature.

Hours for the exhibit are 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by appointment.

For more information, contact Amy Lucadamo at 717-262-2049 or amy.lucadamo@wilson.edu.



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Wilson is an independent college with a proud history of educating women since 1869 through rigorous study of the liberal arts and sciences. Today, Wilson’s mission also includes women and men enrolled in adult degree and graduate programs. Guided by its Honor Principle and distinguished by a commitment to transformative student growth, Wilson College prepares all of its graduates for fulfilling lives and professions, ethical leadership and humane stewardship of our communities and our world.

Wilson, which is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and located in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 fields, teacher certification for college graduates and a master’s degree in education. This year, Wilson enrolled nearly 800 students from 21 states and 13 foreign countries.

Last Updated: June 30, 2011