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that tell the Mount story. Through a generous donation by Sheila
Thornton ’57, a professional librarian, the Mount’s publications were
fully digitized in 2011. To start searching, go to stmary2.sdlhost.com.
No login is required.
There are also decades of physical documents from student
organizations, academic departments, on- and off-campus events and
even people. One gem is a badly faded telegram from CSJ Superior
Mother Agnes Rossiter, giving permission for Mother Margaret Mary
Brady to start college.
The next Mount century
We are, of course, not done writing our history. But today’s Mount
Archives confronts a very 21st-century problem. The student-run newspaper,
Athenian Print, exists as a blog. The Mount’s websites from 5 or 10 years
ago are no longer accessible.
Perhaps most alarming is the end of the print yearbook, which ceased
publication in 2019. It provided a wide window into almost 75 years of
student life, but today that history is being written almost entirely in
social media. The technology interferes with permanent preservation; we
must rely on the platforms — Facebook, Instagram, Twitter — to keep
our content. What survives from today’s tech is anyone’s guess.
The digital archives are open to all. The physical archives are available
to the Mount community and to those outside the University engaging
in academic research. Appointments and a trip to Chalon are required;
contact the Archives at 310.954.4377 or firstname.lastname@example.org
u for more
information and assistance with both digital and paper formats.
— Victoria McCargar, University archivist