Located in the Carnegie Alumni Center, the College Archives contain everything from official communications from the school’s first president to memorabilia from the fraternities and sororities on campus. History majors develop archival skills as they catalog material related to the history of Grove City College and learn more about their alma mater and its historical significance.
Past projects include an exhibit on Grove City College and World War II consisting of photographs and posters discovered by students. Students also researched and exhibited mementos related to the S.S. Grove City Victory which was a “Liberty ship” completed in 1945.
Conveniently located across the street from the College Archives is the Grove City Area Historical Society, an organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the history of Grove City community.
History majors undertake various projects at the society including transcribing and editing the Civil War diaries of prominent Grove City resident William Craig and an assessment of the life of Edwin J. Fithian, prominent alumnus, local businessman, former mayor, and Prohibitionist candidate for Senate in 1916 and 1932. Many students have also benefited by using the historical society for research about Grove City during the World Wars.
The Mercer County History Society is an archive useful for students who want to work on larger projects related to the county. The society also sets aside an internship for Grove City College students. Those who apply and are accepted into this internship also receive an award of $1,000.