Randolph[-Macon Woman's] College Archives
History and Policies

History of the Archives
Archives as Official Repository
Guidelines under which the Archives Operate
Reproduction of Archival Materials
Exhibition of Archival Materials

History of the Archives

The Randolph[-Macon Woman’s] College Archives exist as a special collection through the efforts of Roberta Douglas Cornelius, Class of 1909, author of The History of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Professor of English, and the sole person to hold the title of College Archivist. Her papers comprise the only subject index to the history of the college.

Many college publications are preserved in the Archives such as the College Catalog, the Sundial, the Helianthus, the Student Handbook, and student literary magazines. In addition, with the remodeling of the Smith Memorial Building in 1985, the Alumnae Association contributed student scrapbooks and memorabilia. At the same time, the College Relations Office augmented the photograph file and newspaper clippings file with many items from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.

Archives as Official Repository

"Randolph-Macon Woman’s College has a responsibility to collect and preserve documents which record its historical development and its relationship to society. These documents are of interest to students, faculty, staff, alumnae and outside researchers who want to know about and learn from the College's policies, activities and people over the years since 1891. For these reasons we have recognized the R-MWC Archives in the Lipscomb Library as the official repository of college records, papers, and publications which pertain to the historical as well as current development of the college."

Official Statement by Robert A. Spivey, President of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College
27 September 1985

Guidelines under which the Archives Operate

The Randolph-Macon Woman’s College Archives are available to the college community during the times and hours as stated on the library’s web site.

Members of the college community wishing to visit the archives should schedule an appointment as far in advance as possible.

Materials in the College Archives do not circulate.

Reproduction of Archival Materials

Photocopies and digital scans may be made in Lipscomb Library depending on the condition of the materials and current copyright laws.

Request Form

Exhibition of Archival Materials

Request for exhibits should be placed with at least two weeks notice.

The suitability of materials for display will be determined based on their condition.

Materials will be displayed only in secure cases.