NU Archives and Special Collections

Norwich University has changed the name of NU Special Collections to "NU Archives and Special Collections" to more accurately reflect the function and capacity of the department. The 5th floor of the Kreitzberg Library houses this department, and employee Kelly Nolin serves as the NU Archivist and Special Collections Librarian.

Ellen Hall, Director of The Kreitzberg Library at Norwich University, said that the NU Archives and Special Collections share the mission of the Sullivan Museum and History Center to collect, preserve, and interpret the history of Norwich University.

"They each promote the knowledge and understanding of the origins, programs, and goals of the University and of the development of these programs and goals," Hall said. "They each provide information services that assist institutional operations as well as research and scholarship, and serve as resources to stimulate and enrich creative teaching and learning."

Archives and Special Collections and the Sullivan Museum and History Center differ most significantly in the nature of the items that they collect. Archival collections typically collect two-dimensional items, especially those made of paper, whereas museums typically collect three-dimensional objects, often made of metal, ceramic, wood, and fiber. The Norwich University Archives collects publications, periodicals, records, manuscripts, and books of historical, legal, fiscal, and/or administrative value to Norwich University. The Sullivan Museum collection will include items such as cannons, uniforms, flags, statues or sculptures, and even an organ.

In the case of certain items which fall into a gray area and can be found in an archive collection or a museum, administrators make a determination where the object will be housed based on the location which is best able to provide the necessary curatorial support and physical environment. These materials may include graphic items such as paintings, architectural prints and plans, photographs, and audio-visual materials.

As NU Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, Kelly Nolin administers the University's rare books collection, provides reference assistance to faculty, staff and researchers, writes collection management policy and procedure, acquires appropriate materials according to policy, coordinates cataloguing of rare books, oversees preservation of the rare book collection, and supervises two part-time employees.

The Sullivan Museum collection will be overseen by Director Karen Peterson with the help of Museum Registrar Marielle Fortier. Fortier will be in charge of managing the museum's collection and database, working on conservation projects, handling research and photograph requests, and overseeing workstudy students.