The Archives in Burrow Library
Library Director, Lynn Blair, wrote to President Daughdrill explaining that the use of the Archives collection was increasing and that there was a need to better conserve the materials. She suggested a task force to study the issue, but President Daughdrill understood the urgency asked that a room in Burrow Library be renovated to serve as the College Archives. A wall was removed to expand the size of a classroom in the basement of Burrow and carpeting and book shelves were added.
The Archives Collection was moved from the basement of Kennedy Science Building to the basement of Burrow Library in the summer of 1987.
Monroe Goodbar Morgan, a member of the Class of 1931, had served the College as Alumni Secretary from 1946 to 1973. He became a part-time co-archivist in 1977 and served in this position until his death in 1987.
The plaque reads:
"The Moroe Goodbar Morgan Archives Room
The Gift of Alvin Wunderlich, Jr. '39, Harold Ohledorf '31, and other alumni members of Epsilon Sigma of Sigma Nu.
Dedicated in loving tribute to Goodbar Morgan '31, Charter member of Epsilon Sigma of Sigma Nu Fraternity, Alumni Secretary and Dirctor of Alumni Affairs 1946-1973, Archivist. To Generations of students he is "Mr. Rhodes College."
'It is my whole life: The College and the People.' MGM
March 26, 1988"
The archives collection was in boxes after its move from Kennedy to the Archives Room in the basement of Burrow Library.
North end of the Archives room in Burrow basement after the collection was moved from Kennedy Science Building.
When 35+ boxes of President's Papers were moved from a vault in Palmer Hall to the Archives in Burrow Library, a lounge outside the archive's was converted to a secure storage area.
After ten-years of sorting and organizing and labeling the materials that had been in boxes by part-time College Archivist, Elizabeth E. Gates, the Archives was a presentable Archives.