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Collection items are organized into collections. Our collections showcase unique, archival and scholarly materials, including rare books, photographs, theses and newspapers.

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The Franklin and Marshall College Library’s Altick Prize recognizes the best undergraduate research paper or project substantially based on Archives & Special Collections primary research material. Established in 2015, the $500 annual prize is named in honor of F&M alumnus and former professor Richard D. Altick ’36.

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Richard D. Altick ’36 Student Research Prize

F&M Special Collections houses unique historical material. Digitized collections include items related to the Pennsylvania German community, such as the Pennsylvania German Fraktur Collection. Other online collections relate to local history, including the architecture of Lancaster buildings.

Other F&M Special Collections material available online:

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Special Collections

The Student Newspapers Collection contains F&M student newspapers published on campus beginning in 1873 through 2011. Search the collection or browse issues by date:

For more information about F&M student newspaper titles and coverage, see the Student Newspapers research guide.

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Student Newspapers Collection

Student research fairs at Franklin and Marshall College provide students with the opportunity to showcase and share their work with the F&M community and beyond. The College holds two annual fairs: the Autumn Research Fair and the Closer Look Research Fair in the spring. The fairs include both poster sessions and oral presentations. The Student Research Fairs Collection provides online access to posters and presentations from the fairs, beginning with the 2016 Autumn Research Fair. It also includes programs from the fairs.

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Student Research Fairs Collection

The F&M Theses Collection contains honors theses produced by Franklin & Marshall College students, 2005 to the present. F&M honors theses produced before 2005 are available for consultation in the Reading Room of Archives & Special Collections.

Information about adding your thesis to the collection can be found here

358 items found in collection

Theses Collection

Emerita Professor of Art Virginia Maksymowicz donated to Franklin & Marshall College her personal teaching collection of approximately 8,500 35-mm slides of contemporary art.  The work represented in Scholars Square includes site-specific sculpture, art in public spaces, and gallery installations.

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Virginia Maksymowicz Collection of Art Teaching Slides

The inclusion of visual resources in Scholars Square provides access to curriculum-relevant images, supplementing the visual content already available in other resources licensed by the college.

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Visual Resources

Two dimensional visual scholarship produced by students and faculty at Franklin & Marshall College. Items in this collection are on public display on the main floor of Martin Library and include paintings, prints, drawings, and photographs.

To the extent possible, controlled vocabulary describing objects, methods, and materials uses the J. Paul Getty Trust’s Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT).

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Visual Scholarship Collection

The Wohlsen Construction Archive Marketing and Advertising Collection contains corporate and media advertising relating to the Wohlsen company from the 1960s to the 1990s. The collection consists primarily of brochures, advertisements, and short publications.

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Wohlsen Construction Company Marketing and Advertising Collection

The Wohlsen Construction Archive Photograph Collection contains corporate and architectural photographs relating to the Wohlsen firm dating from 1890 to the 1980s. The collection consists primarily of architectural photographs taken from a two volume collection entitled Buildings Erected by Herman Wohlsen, circa 1890-1920. In addition, a number of later 20th century commercial buildings are also represented. (Please note, this collection uses the Getty Research Institute’s Vocabulary Program as its primary authority control.)

As a whole, the Wohlsen Archive represents a unique architectural timeline of the history of Lancaster county, and provides useful primary research material for students, faculty, and outside researchers. The Archive is housed in the Central Services building on the F&M campus.

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Wohlsen Construction Company Photograph Collection

The F&M World War I Diaries Collection comprises the diaries of David A. Landis, graduate of Franklin and Marshall Academy (1914), and J. Reah Hollinger, graduate of Franklin and Marshall Academy (1913) and Franklin and Marshall College (1917). The diaries document their military service during World War I, covering the years 1918 and 1919.

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World War I Diaries Collection

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