Essentially, we as a team up here in the Archives work together to preserve the history of the school and those related to it in any way. I, however, work most specifically with information related to the buildings, people, and events themselves. For example, if you went to school at Concordia, got engaged, and then put your engagement announcement in the newspaper, it would be my job to get ahold of the article, process it, and file it away in a file with your name on it. Yes, readers, many of you may have a file up here with your name on it! The same goes for events, so if you were to spray paint President Craft’s house pink (although I’m not saying you should) then it would almost definitely end up in the paper and ultimately in the Student Pranks and Bloopers file.
Along with these jobs, I do a little bit of everything! I help out with random requests, and I do a lot of planning and organizing because you all keep very busy, and I only have 15 filing cabinets to store all the information that we collect about what you’re up to! Currently, I’m working on developing a strategy for scanning our 30,000 or so photos so that we can have them accessible on an online database (it’s really a lot more interesting than it sounds)! Also, for all you music majors out there, I’m working on finding a way to organize and preserve a box full of Paul J. Christiansen’s original scores and family photos!
You may not know it, but we keep very busy up here, and we love guests! If you’ve ever wondered if we really have teeth up here, or where Concordia’s underground tunnels really lead—yes, we do have them—or if you want to know why dancing was once completely banned on campus, then come check us out! We’ve really got something for everyone up here, so whether you’re a theatre major who wants to see the original set and costume designs for the 1976 production of Godspell or a female basketball player who wants to see the team’s 1988 rank in the NCAA Division III, then we’ve got what you need! And who knows, maybe we’ve got a file up here with your name on it, so come take a look!