The LVC Archives
The collection presented online features many College publications including course catalogs; La Vie Collegienne, the Lebanon Valley College student newspaper; other historical College publications, including The Quad, The Crucible, College News, The Forum, and The College Forum; The Valley, a semi-annual magazine for alumni and friends of the College; and the College yearbook, The Bizarre/Quittapahilla. The College is in the process of digitizing La Vie Collegienne, so additional issues will be added as they become available. The online collection also includes a selection of President’s Reports and Faculty Sabbatical Reports.
Please note: These works reflect the time of their creation and as such provide historical and cultural data. They contain content that is no longer representative of the attitudes and policies of Lebanon Valley College. In making this data available, the College is not endorsing the content.
History of Lebanon Valley College
Lebanon Valley College celebrated its centennial in 1966 with the publication of Lebanon Valley College: a Centennial History by Paul A.W. Wallace. Dr. Paul A. W. Wallace, a noted author, historian, and anthropologist, was LVC chair and professor of English for many years. He also served as the editor of the quarterly journal, Pennsylvania History, as well as a consultant and historian for the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission. His studies focused on colonial American history, including Native Americans in Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania German culture.
Of High Grade: A Sesquicentennial History of Lebanon Valley College was published in spring 2017 in honor of the closing of the College’s 150th anniversary year. Author Rev. Dr. J. Dennis Williams H'90, LVC trustee emeritus, served the United Methodist Church (UMC) during his decades-long ministerial career and is a well-regarded UMC historian. Rev. Williams joined the LVC Board of Trustees in 1976 and served in a variety of roles until his 2006 retirement. His history of LVC includes five interpretive essays ranging from the history of music to the history of campus architecture.
Access to the Archives on Campus
The Archives is located on the ground floor of the Vernon and Doris Bishop Library and is managed and maintained by library staff. Access to the Archives is by appointment only. If you have questions or wish to arrange a visit, please contact Maureen Bentz, access services librarian, or call 717-867-6974.