Archivist and Special Collections Librarian
Phone: (508) 626-4648
Fax: (508) 626-4649
Phone: (508) 626-4691
Location: Rooms 110 and 101, Henry Whittemore Library
Hours: Monday - Friday from 8:00 am-4:00 pm, and by appointment. Closed weeknights and weekends.
About the Special Collections and Archives
The Special Collections and Archives at Framingham State University were established in the early 1970s in order to collect, preserve and provide access to materials that reflect the history and development of the college. Such materials include non-current college records, publications, photographs, manuscripts, rare books, videos, DVDs, and ephemera. The Special Collections and Archives are open to researchers both within and beyond the Framingham State University community.
Semi-Permanent Exhibit As part of Framingham State University’s 175th Celebration, the Henry Whittemore Library Archives and Special Collections would like to invite you to come and see the new FSU Pioneers exhibit. It will run October 2014-May 2015. This exhibit will feature twelve Framingham State leaders and alumni who were pioneers in their respective fields, as well as many pioneering moments in FSU history. Highlights include a section dedicated to Mary Swift, the first graduate of the first class whose work with the blind and deaf made tremendous strides for education, a section dedicated to Corinna Shattuck, who spent most of her adult life teaching orphans in Turkey and rescued hundreds of refugees during dangerous religious conflicts, and a section dedicated to Christa McAuliffe, the first teacher in space whose tragic death in 1986 sparked memorial programs and centers to promote education and support for teachers. The Archives and Special Collections is also home to many fascinating artifacts from FSU’s history, which will be on display as part of the exhibit. Framingham State University is itself a pioneer, being the very first state normal school in this country, established first in Lexington in 1839 before moving to West Newton and then finally settling as the Framingham Normal School in 1853.