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The Mercersburg Collection

The Mercersburg Collection contains books written by Mercersburg alumni, by individuals associated with the school in other ways, and materials about Mercersburg and its community members, past and present.

The collection is housed in the Vodrey Reading Room in Lenfest Hall. There are many books about alumni including Jimmy Stewart
’28, and most of the books written by David Lavender ’27, Archibald Rutledge ’26, and Walter Farley ’35. Histories of the Christian and Reformed churches, and books by and about Philip Schaff are also in the collection.

Housed with the Mercersburg Collection are copies of the KARUX (the Academy yearbook) dating from 1895, bound copies of the Mercersburg News (1901-present), Mercersburg magazine (1893-present), and other publications of the Academy.
Mercersburg’s Staley Archives are housed on the first level of Lenfest Hall. Douglas Smith is the school archivist.

The mission of the Archives is to collect and preserve materials relating to the school, its Board of Regents, its academic and extracurricular programs, its history, and its students and alumni.

These materials include personal papers such as diaries, scrapbooks, publications of or about the Academy, photographs, videotapes, audiotapes, movies, and memorabilia. The Archives does not collect material pertaining to the Reformed Church, Marshall College, or the local area history of the town unless it is relevant to the Academy itself (since these organizations have their own archives).

Ernie Staley, retired faculty member of long service to the Academy, began the job of creating and organizing the archives in 1985. Faculty emeritus Jay Quinn worked as the school’s archivist from 2002 until his death in 2012. Smith has served in the position since 2013. Scrapbooks, school publications, movies, and the papers of past headmasters make up a portion of the collection. Interested individuals can also find information on the academic program, alumni relations, admission and college-counseling statistics, faculty handbooks, and student activities.

The Mercersburg Collection contains books written by Mercersburg alumni, by individuals associated with the school in other ways, and materials about Mercersburg and its community members, past and present. The collection is temporarily housed in the Vodrey Reading Room.

For more information, contact Douglas Smith at doug_smith@mercersburg.edu.
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Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 440 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $6 million in financial aid, 26 varsity sports, and a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center.
Located 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and within easy driving distance to New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.
300 East Seminary Street, Mercersburg PA 17236
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