University Archivist Seeks Records of Campus Life

Marketing and Communications | January 29, 2014

Greg Bailey, university archivist and Gov. William P. Clements Curator, is on a mission to capture the history, traditions and records of the Texas A&M University community. The recently appointed archivist is eager to connect with groups who can provide key elements of institutional history, past and present.

Drawing upon his experience as former university archives librarian and records manager at Stephen F. Austin State University, Bailey plans to collect records in print and electronic format for the University Archives housed in the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives. “Most business today is conducted electronically,” he explained. “Electronic resources such as administrative correspondence and spreadsheets are very important to the University Archives.”

Bailey would like to collect records and even archive websites from various administrative offices including the Texas A&M University System Chancellor’s Office, the TAMUS Board of Regents’ Office, the President’s Office, deans and departments, student government, student life and athletics. Among his priorities is collecting the records of underrepresented campus communities such as black and Hispanic student organizations, women’s groups and the LGBT community.

He also envisions a component of oral history that focuses on interviews with selected faculty, staff and administrators such as distinguished professors and former presidents.

Bailey’s quest for archival records extends beyond academic borders to key groups that support the University, including the Association of Former Students and the Federation of Texas A&M University Mothers’ Clubs. The University Archives has housed the records of the Mothers’ Clubs for many years, and he wants to strengthen that relationship by visiting the various clubs at their local meetings.

Former Students form a tremendous resource for the Archives in providing records and papers, particularly of military and war experiences. They can also help identify missing bits of information in Cushing’s archival records. Bailey hopes to connect with the Aggie Network through the Texas Aggie, which has featured a column on the University Archives in the past. “The Texas Aggie offers great possibilities for crowdsourcing in identifying people and places in archival photos,” Bailey said.

David Carlson, dean of the University Libraries, confirms the role of the University Archives as a key component of the Libraries ambitious preservation program. “We’re delighted to have Greg Bailey with his archival expertise to lead our efforts in preserving campus history and making it accessible to the Aggie community and to the greater community as well,” Carlson commented.

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For more information: contact Charlene Clark, Texas A&M University Libraries; 979.862.4233 or charleneclark@library.tamu.edu