Special Collections & College Archives houses over one hundred manuscript, art, and artifact collections of national scope. Holdings relate to the Marquis de Lafayette; Lafayette College faculty and alumni; and American artists, politicians, and businesses of note.
Compiled over decades and more recently augmented by the generous donations the Gerald & Rella Warner family, Dallas Finn, Richard J. Mammana, Janice Matsumura, and Suzy Cincone, these collections are now fully processed and feature a wide array of pictorial works. Postcards, photograph albums, slides, negatives, stereograph cards, manuscripts, currency and stamps, patriotic poetry, and card games document Asian history and culture ca. 1894-1952. Focus areas include the Russo-Japanese War (1894-95), Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945), Dutch East Indies, Manchuria, and Taiwan.
The papers document Christy's career as a book and magazine illustrator, portraitist, poster and program artist, and painter of large-scale historic murals. Christy is best known as the creator of the "Christy Girl" in American illustration, a WWI and II poster artist, and a portrait painter of the American elite.
Documents the corporate history of the Dixie Cup Company and the role of its president, Hugh Moore (1887-1972), a pioneer in the paper cup and vending industry. Contains scrapbooks and other material about the paper cup business, including records created by Moore's Individual Drinking Cup Company in New York City.
Helen Frank's master print collection represents seven decades of work and contains her earliest lithographs created at the Tyler School of Fine Arts as well as hundreds of etchings and monotypes produced in her home studio in Springfield, New Jersey.
The Marquis de Lafayette Collections at Lafayette College contain a wide range of materials pertaining to the life of Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, the Marquis de Lafayette (1757-1834). Lafayette, a prominent participant in both the American and French Revolutions, was a symbol of liberty to many during and long after his lifetime.
Robert Baumle Meyner, Lafayette Class of 1930, was governor of New Jersey from 1954 to 1962. Helen Stevenson Meyner served two terms in Congress (1975-1979) representing New Jersey's 13th District. The papers document the private and political lives of the Meyners and include Helen Meyner’s congressional papers, her Red Cross letters from Japan and Korea during the Korean War (1950-52), and campaign materials from her congressional and Robert Meyner’s gubernatorial races.
William E. Simon, Lafayette Class of 1952, was the 63rd Secretary of the United States Treasury from 1974 to 1977. The papers document Simon’s public service as Secretary of the Treasury, Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, Administrator of the Federal Energy Office, and Chair of the Oil Policy Committee and the President’s Economic Policy Board and contain information about the development and pursuit of national economic and energy policies during the period.