The College Archives documents the history of Lafayette College from its founding in 1824 to the present day by preserving the administrative records, audio visual materials, photographs, and objects associated with the institution.
The institution's inactive records of enduring historic value are collected and preserved in the College Archives. Records show evidence of the operations and educational functions of the College as well as information about associated people, activities, and events.
Dating from 1858 to the present day, the Photograph Collection contains approximately 75,000 photographic images and provides a visual record of the development of Lafayette College. The collection is a resource for images of individuals associated with the college, campus events, and the physical development of the buildings and grounds. More than 1,000 images from this collection have been digitized and are available online.
Compiled over many years by the College Archives staff, these files contain clippings, documents, and publications relating to the history of Lafayette College and are arranged alphabetically by subject.
Varsity teams, club sports, coaches, facilities, and the athletic program in general are represented in these files. Arranged alphabetically, folders contain programs, tickets, schedules, media guides, press releases, and newsletters that highlight Lafayette College’s athletic program.
Freshman beanies, “L” sweaters, reunion sashes, sporting event medals and trophies, championship game footballs, and the Pardee Hall cornerstone box are all found within this collection of Lafayette College historical objects and ephemera.
Arranged alphabetically by name, this inventory lists the location, construction date, architect, and builder of campus facilities past and present. Photographs and a short description of each building’s use are also included in the survey. The architectural history of Pardee Hall, Van Wickle Hall, McKelvy House, Hogg Hall, Colton Chapel, Kirby Hall, and Farinon College Center is also available in an essay by Robert Saltonstall Mattison entitled "Lafayette College Architecture: In Context."
Prepared by Professor Emeritus of History and Archivist Emeritus Albert W. Gendebien '34, this article details the history of the Greek experience on campus. A directory with images of fraternities and sororities at Lafayette College and the documents governing these organizations are available as appendices to the text.
Films, audio cassettes, video cassettes, CDs and DVDs document Lafayette College events from the 19th and 20th centuries. More than fifty oral history tapes document the social changes of the early 1970s with the arrival of the first women students and record numbers of African Americans.