Category Archives: Archives

Classes Visit Archives to Experience Historical Collections First-Hand

Sacks-class-archivesThis week, two Albion College professors scheduled class visits to the Library to view artifacts from the Albion College Archives and Special Collections.

Marcy Sacks arranged for her African American History class to get a glimpse at the dark side of Currier and Ives.  On display were highlights from the Currier and Ives Darktown Comics Series of Color Lithographs Depicting Black Americans in the Late 19th Century.  These prints provide a sobering look at prevalent attitudes toward African Americans in the late 1800s.  Click here to learn more about the Darktown Comics collection.

Carrie Booth Walling’s Politics of Genocide class stopped by to view the Russell Babcock World War II Propaganda Poster collection.  Babcock graduated from Albion College in 1927 and served in the Armed Services during World War II.  His extensive collection of wartime publications includes posters urging viewers to support war efforts with slogans such as “Loose Lips Sink Ships” and “fighting the good fight back home” among others.

If you would like to incorporate the use of primary sources from Archives and Special Collections into your curriculum, please contact Archivist Justin Seidler via email at or by phone at extension 0487.

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Examples of posters in the Babcock Collection

A Very Rare Book! Our 1611 King James Bible Returns to Campus

Please join us for the 17th annual Marilyn Crandell Schleg Memorial Lecture on October 6th at 7:00 pm in Bobbitt Auditorium, where we will welcome the return of our recently restored 1611 King James Bible.

This year’s lecturer will be Marieka Kaye, Conservation Librarian and Book Conservator at the University of Michigan Library. While a rare book conservator has the privilege of working on exciting artifacts, the journey from before to after treatment can be long and winding with many painstaking steps in between.  Upon receiving the first edition 1611 King James Bible from Albion College,  Marieka planned and executed the lengthy process of repairing the extensive damage to the paper and creating a new leather binding. Because the King James Bible is so highly prized as the first bible to be printed in English, Marieka aimed to complete the treatment in such a way that this important book can be used and exhibited for generations to come. Having worked as a professional conservator for the past 10 years, Marieka gleaned much experience from her past training and treatments, especially when it comes to her focus on early printed books.

In this lecture, she will share the treatment of the King James Bible, as well as past projects throughout her career that have informed her knowledge and skill set over the years.

King James Bible Restoration Update

Through the generosity and leadership of the Class of 1963, we’ve been able to make significant progress on our project to restore our First Edition King James Bible (1611). The Class of 1963 has helped us raise the funds necessary to hire a professional conservator to restore our Bible.

Check out the King James Bible Restoration page for more details and pictures!

We’ll continue to post updates as we get them from our conservator, so stay tuned!

New College Archivist joins the Library Staff

We are pleased to announce that Justin Seidler has joined the Library staff as the Marilyn Crandell Schleg College Archivist and Archivist of the West Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Justin earned his master’s degree from the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science, and his undergraduate degree in philosophy from Ohio University. He has extensive experience in archival digitization projects and digital preservation techniques at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives, experience that he will be putting to good use as we move forward with the development of an online repository of materials related to the history of Albion College.

Justin can be contacted through email at or by phone at extension 0487.