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As the centenary of Mount Saint Mary’s University draws near, the crucial
role of its archives, located at the Chalon Campus, becomes clear.
Archives is about collecting evidence against an unpredictable need
for validation in the future. This evidence says that we are what we say we
are, for example, that the first words of the Mount’s mission statement
(“Mount Saint Mary’s University offers a dynamic learning experience in
the liberal arts and sciences to a diverse student body…”) are true.
The oldest of the archives reside in huge leather-bound scrapbooks
maintained by Sister Agnes Bernard Cavanaugh, CSJ, PhD, professor
of history and political science. In them, she pasted pictures, newspaper
clippings, booklets, embossed napkins and programs, the occasional
telegram from the CSJ Motherhouse in St. Louis and other souvenirs.
Among them a marvelous treasure remains — the 1931 hand-painted
Mount Seal from Baker Heraldic of London, and one can see from
early news coverage that the Mount’s founding was a very big deal for
In the early 1970 s, Sister Margaret Lynch, CSJ, a retired Latin teacher,
was tasked with formally organizing the MSMU archives. She received
some professional training and then tackled the masses of archival
materials stored all over the Chalon Campus. The detailed inventories
she created make it possible to find thousands of documents today.
The archives today
There are carefully preserved yearbooks (1947-2019), catalogs
(1929-2020), newspapers (1945-2021), journals (1932-2019), magazines
(1982-2021) and other publications and thousands of pictures (1925-2021)
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