My visit to Pacific University in Forest Grove began just one week after the arrival of the Library’s new Archivist/Instructional Librarian, Eva Guggemos, so we’ve been learning about the collections together. Pacific has some of the earliest materials seen so far – a considerable body of documents dating to the 1840s and the establishment of Tualatin Academy/Pacific University, including correspondence, the school’s original charter from the Oregon Legislature, subscription lists, and land acquisition records. The history of Forest Grove is also represented in the holdings, as is the history of the Congregational Church in Oregon.

The Archives has brief accession information in a FileMaker database so our first task is to flesh out those records with additional information. This is in anticipation of uploading the records to Archivists’ Toolkit, hopefully next week. From there, we’ll select the collections that will receive a collection-level description and be uploaded to NWDA as part of this project. The Archives also has a fairly complete set of forms and processing instructions that we’ll review and update as necessary.

Next week we hope to be working in Archivists’ Toolkit and also visit Old College Hall (built in 1850) which houses the University’s Museum. The Museum and Archives have had a close relationship over the years, including sharing a staff member for several years.