This October marks the one-year anniversary of Special Collections and Archives’
debut in Newsline with a story about DePaul alumna Halloween Martin (b. October 31, 1900). The collections in the DePaul University Archives are rich in fascinating details about campus life, traditions, alumni and staff, and column author Jane Connelly has a perfect vantage point for discovering these stories.
Jane, who’s been an Archives Assistant here since October 2013, works hands on with the university archival materials, arranging, describing, re-housing and making them accessible for researchers – and “researchers” are the students, faculty and staff at DePaul, as well as the Chicago community and beyond. DePaul students, however, are consistently our most frequent researchers (2/3 of total researchers the past few years).
Jane’s creative eye, curiosity, and sense of humor allow her to see how the documents she handles can be put to use as part of a larger story, and Newsline readers have responded positively to her stories.
From analytics supplied by Newsline, the average pageview time for the “Into the Archives” department is just above 3 minutes, which suggest that viewers are taking the time the read the stories on topics such as DePaul veterans, Christmases Past, an all-female DePaulia, freshman advice, and alumnus Ray Manzarek’s time as a student in the College of Commerce (which was the most viewed story in Newsline for Spring quarter 2015 as well as the 3rd most viewed story of the academic year!).
If you’ve not yet explored these stories of DePaul’s past, I encourage you to take a look. These columns have their own identity in Newsline – Into the Archives – with a new story added each month. If you have an idea for a story or a question about DePaul’s past, please email Jane Connelly at email@example.com .
Special Collections and Archives would be happy to introduce your students to the DePaul University Archives as well as rare books, community archives, maps, and other unique items. For additional information, contact Special Collections and Archives at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by our department in the John T. Richardson Library, Room 314.