LCC Archives outline college’s history
By Maddy Warren
Editor In Chief
LCC has accumulated numerous artifacts, including photos and historic college documents, in the 63-year history of the institution. These items now make up the LCC Archives.
With help from several employees, these materials started to gather a few years ago.
“The college has a lot of archival photos and other items from our past,” said David Siwik, LCC project manager and instructional design consultant. “And as this is our history, we needed to ensure it was not only preserved, but also in a place where people could have access to it.”
Siwik worked with library staff and started the beginnings of an archive in late 2016. Siwik and the library staff decided to seek professional archivist help before continuing further.
“We contacted Linnea Knapp, the LCC archivist and records management specialist, and she is really who is responsible for setting the archives up and making it all work,” Siwik said.
Both Knapp and Siwik put together a database with their criteria based on Knapp’s expertise.
“This involved agreeing to a keyword or tagging standard,” Siwik said. “This is a bit of technical speak. Basically, archivists the world over have devised standards to compile archival data based on keywords so that the information becomes searchable.”
Siwik helped identify photos in the archives. In order to do so, he interviewed current and former LCC employees.
Included in the archives are thousands of digitalized photos from LCC’s past. There are pictures from when Former President George H.W. Bush came to LCC in the 1980s, back when he was the Vice President.
Siwik described the contents of the LCC Archives, currently located in the Administration Building.
“We have bound student Lookout newspapers, over 6,000 digital images; 30 scrapbooks of newspaper clippings about LCC; international programs and student clubs; 320 boxes; and 40 flat file drawers with over 200 oversized items,” Siwik said.
For now, the archives are located in the basement of the Administration Building, until the college is able to open a viewing room, where the public can sit down and view the artifacts.
“Traditionally archives have what we call a reading room, which is a space with tables,” Knapp said. “It’s laid out so that … the archivist can bring out boxes of materials and then people can sit there and go through them, since they can’t check it out and take it home.”
Knapp said she thinks it will be a couple more years before the college is able to provide a permanent space for a reading room.
“It would be wonderful to have a space like that so that people can say, ‘I want to look through such and such, and then I would have that box ready and they could come take a look at it,’” she said.
Knapp noted that because the archives did not start at the same time the college was founded, she is grateful for the collective efforts of people who held on to so many important documents that might have otherwise been discarded.
Those interested can learn about the content of archives through the LCC Library’s website at http://www.lcc.edu/library/find/archives.html.