Housed in the University Archives at Herrick Memorial Library, this collection of images (mainly photographs and postcards) portrays various scenes and individuals related to Alfred University as well as the town and village of Alfred, New York. The University began in 1836 as a co-educational select school founded by members of the Seventh Day Baptist denomination. The Select School grew and developed into the Alfred Academy in 1843. Fourteen years later, the University was officially formed. Many changes and much growth has occurred over the years and these images help share the deep history and heritage found at Alfred University.
About Alfred University
Alfred University is a friendly, vibrant living/learning community located in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains in Western New York. Founded in 1836, AU offers more than 60 academic programs and a host of clubs, organizations and recreational opportunities.
The University Archives, located in Herrick Memorial Library, is the repository for official and unofficial records that document Alfred University's history. The Archives serves as the collective memory of the University and, as such, it contains historical records of enduring value generated by faculty, academic departments, administrative offices, students, and campus organizations. The primary responsibilities of the Archives are to collect, organize, and preserve the collections; to provide access and support for reference and research; and to provide useful documentation of the policies, people, aims, achievements, and events of the University. All members of the University and community at large are encouraged to use the Archives.
The Alfred University Special Collections & Archives houses many other collections in addition to the images found here. Much relates to the varied and diverse history of Alfred University but others document the people, events and history of the local area. Over time, more material will be added to this online collection but in the meantime, researchers interested in discovering more should contact the department staff directly.
The Archives aims to support research, teaching, preservation, and public awareness and appreciation as well as promote understanding of Alfred University's rich heritage.