Thursday, October 8, 2015

TBT in the Archives 10/8/15: American Archives Month

October is American Archives Month! Since 2006, this month has been dedicated to promoting the work of archivists, individuals who collect and preserve items of enduring value. Archivists play a vital role in making these materials accessible to you, the public. Without archivists and archives to preserve the unique records of institutions and individuals, the past would be forgotten. Shippensburg's own University Archives and Special Collections, located on the upper level of the Ezra Lehman Memorial Library, exists for these reasons--to collect materials of importance related to the university and make them available. These collections hold a plethora of stories that may aid in research papers and projects, learning more about family alumni, or just feed the curiosity of an inquisitive mind. We thought that we would highlight some of our more interesting items and who knows, maybe you will be inspired to pay us a visit!

Underground Newspapers

Have you ever wondered what campus was like during the social movements of the late 1960s and early 1970s? We have a collection of underground student newspapers that cover protests against the Vietnam War (Shippensburg Free Press), as well as activism for racial and gender equality (The Black SSCene and Sisters for Liberation, respectively). Whipper Snapper can fulfill your counter-culture curiosity with its trippy artwork and information on local music, record stores, and coffee shops. You can read more about the Black SSCene, an African American student produced newspaper, here.


Scrapbooks are a fun and eye-catching display of history. We have a collection of scrapbooks that range from 1891 to 1984. Check out a previous post about scrapbooks to learn more about the collection.

Sports Information

Go Raiders! Even if you aren't a football fan, it's interesting to flip through old advertisements and photographs in the vintage football programs. Homecoming 2015 is only a week away! Stay tuned for next week's Throwback Thursday post to learn more about the history of Homecoming...

Oral History Collections

Oral history interviews provide more intimate recollections of the past and offer a first-hand perspective. We currently have several oral history collections that were created by Ship History students. If you would like to hear personal stories about the civil rights and women's movements, African American student and faculty experiences, or what it was like to live on campus throughout the years, our oral history collections would provide great insight.


Perhaps the most bizarre object we have is the stereoscope. With this device, two identical images are viewed through a view finder and merged together to  create a 3D image. This one was patented in 1907. Modern versions of this would be the Viewmaster, a popular children's toy. Of course we have other artifacts as well, such as Ship memorabilia, trophies, LPs, and more.

Students have fun during All College Week (late 1970s)

We have a large collection of photographs that chronicle student life, sports, faculty, architecture, and much more. If you need something special for a paper, project, or presentation, we can scan and send them right to your email!

Whether you're interested in sports, fashion, or car-culture, the Shippensburg University Archives is bound to have something for you! Email or call 717-477-1516 for more information!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Ship Resources : Resource Trial provides access to over 200 streaming videos related to the field of psychotherapy, psychology and social work. 

Watch interviews, group therapy sessions and other training videos and learn from the experts. 

This resource includes information on a variety of topics from addiction to depression to family therapy with resources for working with specific populations like children, veterans, older adults or those with developmental challenges and everything in between.

You can enter search terms into the search box or browse by approach, issue, expert, or population. 

Trial access to this resource runs from October 1-31, 2015. If you find useful, please let a librarian or professor know. 
You can access by visiting the Databases A to Z list on the library website.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

TBT in the Archives 10/1/15

Did you know that the Pennsylvania Turnpike officially opened on this day (October 1) in 1940? Although it only stretched from Carlisle to Irwin (near Pittsburgh) when it opened, the Turnpike experienced many expansions and improvements throughout its history. Highways like the PA Turnpike signified a shift in American culture, as automobiles soon replaced trains as the dominant form of travel. For today's Throwback Thursday post, the early history of student travel and automobile culture at Ship is examined.

Students in parking lot (circa 1970s)

Today, resident students having cars on campus is the norm, but prior to the 1948-1949 school year "boarding" students were not permitted to have cars on campus. Commuters back then were called "day students" and parked in designated lots just like today. Many students who attended Ship in the late 19th and early 20th centuries traveled by train and arrived at what was then called Normal Station, a small train station at the edge of campus. No mention of automobiles appeared in the student handbooks until the 1933-1934 school year. Students and faculty were assigned their very own parking spaces until 1948. Wouldn't that be nice?

Trains went right through campus! You can see Old Main in the distance of this early campus photo from 1899.
Students board a train bound for Washington DC at Normal Station in 1913.

As of the 1948-1949 school year, boarding students were allowed to have cars on campus, but they had to be registered with permission from the Dean of Men. Beginning in the 1952-1953 school year, female boarding students had to obtain permission from and also had to keep their keys with the Dean of Women. In student handbooks each year thereafter, the "Automobile" section was updated, revealing that the university had to keep up with an increasing number of student drivers by revising parking regulations. By comparing the two maps from the early 1950s below, you can see that parking lots were added behind Gilbert Hall and by the library in 1955 to keep up with the demand for student parking spots.

Campus map from the student handbook, 1951-1952.
Camps map from the student handbook, 1955-1956.

Beginning in 1957, Ship began to include a note in the student handbook that stated that student parking was a "privilege granted by the College" and in 1960 parking regulations and penalties began to be listed. These changes bring us to the parking situation we are now familiar with: certain lots assigned to students and faculty and regulations regarding who can park where and when.

Are you curious about a specific topic in Shippensburg University history? Let us know in the comments! Your suggestion could be featured on a future Throwback Thursday in the Archives!

Want to learn more about Ship's history? No need to wait for the next Throwback Thursday! Contact Archives & Special Collections via e-mail: or phone: 717-477-1516.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Ship Resources: Digital Theatre Plus

Digital Theatre Plus is one of the new databases added to the library collection this year.

This database contains “an extensive repertoire of award-winning, acclaimed theatre, music and dance performances. Behind the scenes interviews on acting, directing, design and the technical elements of contemporary theatre practice. Detailed historical, social and political context guides that encourage engagement with the language, form and structure of plays and interactive drama techniques and exercises that are curriculum linked and encourage engagement.”

This resource provides a wide variety of content. You can stream a recorded performance of a live play, watch an actor or producer talk about their creative process, study the background of significant plays or learn strategies for enhancing your own theatrical skills. 

Whether you prefer music, theatre or dance.. whether you'd rather be out in front or behind the scenes.. if you love the arts this resource is for you!

Check out the Databases A to Z list on the library website to access Digital Theatre Plus.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

#TBT in the Archives 9/24/15

Happy autumn! Many of you are probably gearing up to get your sweaters and hoodies out of the closet for the impending drop in temperature, or perhaps you already have. Since yesterday was the first day of fall, we thought it would be fun to showcase some fall fashions of Ship students from years past. Perhaps you'll recognize some clothing items in these photos that you still see on campus today.

Two students meet under a tree amidst fallen leaves (circa late 1980s)
A track jacket and comfy pants are the quintessential casual outfit for the modern student (circa late 1980s/early 1990s)
These students are sporting a jean jacket, hoodies, and a flannel. These outerwear options are still popular on campus today (circa late 1970s)
In 1987, fringe was definitely in! This student musician is rocking the double fringe on her jacket and boots.
This student's outfit is timeless with a crew neck sweater, slacks, and lace-up shoes (circa late 1980s)
Students walking between classes have their sweaters and light jackets on hand (circa late 1980s/early 1990s)
SU hoodies will never go out of style!
Maybe you noticed that these photos are all from after 1970. But did you notice that all of the students are casually dressed? Prior to the 1970s, campus style was very conservative and students wearing blazers and dress pants blended in with faculty and staff. Read this post on campus fashion to learn more about when casual style arrived at Ship and what exactly sparked this change.

Want to learn more about Ship's history? No need to wait for the next Throwback Thursday! Contact Archives & Special Collections via e-mail: or phone: 717-477-1516.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Ship Resources : Calling all Marketing and Business students!

Here at Lehman Library, we strive to partner with your professors to make high quality and relevant resources available to you. During the Fall semester we are working with the business department to provide trial access through the library to 

This resource provides businesses with “hundreds of reports and forecasts, thousands of charts, briefs, and interviews” on “virtually every major topic related to digital marketing”

According to their website, “Our mission is simple. We want to be the first place to look for information that will help you make better decisions about being more effective in a digital world – no matter what business or profession you’re in.

Check out the Databases A to Z list on the library website for a link to this trial.

And if you like this resource, be sure to give feedback to your professors or a librarian.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Online PA Voter Registration, It's Easy

Remember to Register to Vote!

Registering to vote is a lot easier than it's ever been before, plus you get to weigh in on your representation in national, state, and local government and policy-making.

Remember the #MyEducationMattersToMe postcard signing in front of the library last week?

Do more than send a postcard, express your opinion, register to vote in the upcoming elections!