Posted 29 November 2010,
From the Archives
Without a doubt, the section of Trinity Per Saecula
that is the most fun to put together is “From the Archives.” Time in the School’s archives always feels like a great adventure to me, even after spending as much time as I have among the various parts of the collection; there is always something that I haven’t seen before or that I now see in a new context based upon something else that I have learned. I look forward to everything that I come upon while in the archives.
Sadly, as many of you probably know, Trinity hasn’t always treasured its history in the way that we do now. One of the many things that former faculty member Clarence Bruner-Smith told me was that the School, as it marched uptown from its original location at Wall Street to its present location at West 91st Street, discarded many of its records when leaving each of its previous locations. The archival record that we have available to us today is a much diminished view of Trinity’s history.
Fortunately, what we do have available to us in the archives is being catalogued, conserved, and organized in a way that is appropriate for a 302-year-old institution. One of the great advantages of such a well cared for collection is that I am able to find numerous wonderful images to include in the magazine. I will admit that “From the Archives” is one section where I don’t have an elaborate set of criteria for the selection process. ...