When Carnegie Alumni Center was renovated in 2009, an archive room was
built to house the College’s historical documents, artifacts and
memorabilia. In January of 2012, Hilary (Lewis '09) Walczak, College Archivist, began
working to organize, catalogue and preserve the College’s historical
items. As the archive grows, so does the College’s history. The
archive team is in the process of preserving, cataloging and digitizing
the collections for the present day use and for the future.
Hilary (Lewis ’09) Walczak graduated from Grove City College in 2009 with a History B.A degree. She then went on to receive an MA in Public History from The Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2011. Following graduate school she began to do Archival Consulting serving small businesses, Colleges and families with archival needs. This led her to Grove City College where she began as a consultant in January of 2012 helping to establish a functional research archive for the first time in Grove City College history. In 2015 Hilary was officially hired as the College Archivist. Hilary was an Adjunct Professor of History and Political Science at the Community College of Allegheny County from 2012 until 2015. Hilary has been a judge for National History Day since 2010. She was a panelist at IUP’s 2016 History Conference. Hilary is a member of the Society of American Archivists as well as The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archive Conference. She is also the Treasurer of the Tri Zeta Sorority Alumni Association and the current Tri-Zeta Sorority Advisor at Grove City College.
Hilary (Lewis '09) Walczak, College Archivist
The College Archive is very lucky to have a dedicated cohort of students working in the archive. For the past 6 years we’ve had students of different majors serve as Archival assistants and Student volunteers. We also have a group that help with a joint project between the College and the Historical Society digitizing the Isaac Ketler collection.
Our students have the opportunity to experience every facet of what it is like to work in an archive. They help with organization and preservation of Collections dating back to 1876 as well as assist with digitization of our archive. They assist with research requests, oral history interviews and transcriptions and interaction with patrons. They also have had the opportunity to assist with building displays across campus including full historical exhibits.
Many of our students have continued on to graduate school or careers in the Public History field. They are able to gain priceless experience to help them in their future career paths.