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Archives & Special Collections will be closed to visitors during winter break (Dec 5, 2020 - Feb 3, 2021).


During the Spring 2021 semester, Archives Technician Melanie Reed will be working on-site part-time. If you have a question that requires access to physical collection materials, please contact Melanie (mareed@ship.edu / 717-477-1325). 

With social distancing, the Archives & Special Collections reading room can only accommodate 1 researcher at a time. We will do our best to meet the needs of researchers, but appointment availability will be limited. Appointments must be made in advance by contacting Melanie Reed.

All visitors must 1) wear a mask, 2) abide by social distancing guidelines provided by staff, 3) wash their hands before entering the Archives, and 4) bring either a laptop or pencil and paper to take notes.


If you are unable to visit us in-person, you can:

Share your COVID-19 experience with SU Archives!

Shippensburg University Archives and Special Collections needs your help documenting how COVID-19 has impacted the lives of our community members!

We've created a site where SU students, faculty, staff, administrators, alums, family and friends can upload photos, stories, and videos. Visit https://shippensburgcovid19.omeka.net/ to participate.

We are looking for materials that document your day-to-day experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. This will help us preserve and share what life was like in our community during this unique time. If we don't capture it now; it'll be a lot harder in the future! You can submit Word documents, PDFs, digital photos, video files, or audio files. Example submissions are listed on the 'What to Contribute' page of our COVID-19 site.

Participate in the LGBTQ+ History Project

The Shippensburg University Archives, Pride Center, and Dr. Steve Burg of the History & Philosophy Department are collaborating to collect stories and memorabilia, which will become part of the archives' permanent collection. These additions will help our university better understand, and tell the story of, our campus LGBTQ+ community. We are looking for: personal stories, photos, scrapbooks, letters, emails, diaries, videos, student club documents (minutes, bylaws, etc.), and more.

You may submit personal stories and digital photos, videos, or documents through our online form.

If you have questions about the project, please contact Dr. Steve Burg (sbburg@ship.edu).

Contact Us

University Archives & Special Collections
Ezra Lehman Memorial Library
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Shippensburg, PA 17257
Room: LL 207
Email: specialcollections@ship.edu
Phone: 717-477-1123 (x3357)
Christy Fic, MLIS, MA
Associate Professor /
Archivist & Special Collections Librarian
Office: LL 116
Email: cmfic@ship.edu
Phone: 717-477-1516

By appointment

Melanie Reed, MSLS
Archives Technician
Office: LL 210
Email: mareed@ship.edu
Phone: 717-477-1325