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(L-r) Longtime former Jason library employee Cassius Lewis, University Archivist Rejoice Scherry, DSU alumna Mary (Maloy) Scott, DSU President Harry Williams and Dr. Rebecca Batson, dean of University Libraries, cut the ribbon and dedicate the new University Archives' location within the William C. Jason Library on campus.

  DSU Archives Dedicated -- Article and Photo Slideshow

Delaware State University took a big historical preservation step with its dedication of the new University Archives in the William C. Jason Library.

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The University Archives has been relocated to a new location in the first floor of the library, where in addition to an archive room, there is also a front archive gallery that features a presidential timeline of DSU history and other Del State artifacts.

For Dr. Rebecca Batson, the soon-to-retire dean of University Libraries, it was gratifying. “It was a goal of mine to have a viable University Archives,” the outgoing dean said.

It was an especially proud moment for Rejoice Scherry, the University archivist.

“Students don't normally come to the Archives unless they have a specific research question,” Ms. Scherry said. “I think that the new gallery will allow those who have more casual interests in the history of DSU to come and learn in a less intimidating environment.” 

She also noted that the gallery brings a legitimacy to the Archives Department.  “The Archives are no longer hidden in a corner of the library, but rather have a place of prominence,” the University archivist said. “I hope that alumni will see that the University is serious about preserving history and ultimately consider contributing their treasures to the collections.”