Students present their research work

Jenean Zahran

Northern Michigan University Archives will be hosting Evening at the Archives for the second time this year, and this time they will be showcasing research done specifically by students.

The archives plan to turn the event into a tradition that will be held three times a year.

The archives are located in the lower level of the Learning Resource Center. At this event, students can learn what NMU archives does.

Savannah Mallo, reference and public outreach coordinator for the Archives, hopes this event will bring attention to the archives so more students will be aware of what it can do for them.

“We want to bring awareness to the students on campus that the archives is a great resource for them,” Mallo said. “You’d be surprised at how many people have no idea where our office is located.”

One of the presentations will be done by student Jaime Ganzel, who is also an employee for the archives.

Ganzel deals directly with the collections and understands the accession process.

During her presentation, one of the topics she will be discussing is the history of the Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association.

Helen Beelen, another student presenter, will be focusing on her research paper about the gender roles of the women of Marquette and Ishpeming counties during the Great Depression and World War II. All of the material found for the paper was done by using the archives.

Marcus Robyns, university archivist and associate professor, hopes students will discover the many different ways they can use the archives.

“I’ve had people come here to look up history on their house, their families past history, and also to find an alumni,” Robyns said.

Currently, the archives are working on producing digital versions of paper documents, video, photographic material and audio.

Creating digital conversions of these materials will allow people to access the information online through the archives website.

The archives provides historical records of Northern Michigan University and historical materials documenting the history of the central U.P.

It is open to the public, and the staff is available to assist individuals with research, workshops and file management.

The archives are open for research Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and are closed for lunch from noon until 1 p.m. Research is free and open to the public.

Evening at the Archives will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 26 at the archives office in Room 126 of the lower level of the LRC.

The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be provided.

For more information concerning the event, or if you would like to reserve a spot, email Savannah Mallo at [email protected].