Based on the success of the Archives and Special Collections Tumblr, we are happy to announce the creation of our new Instagram account, @stevensarchives, a visual-centric showcase for Stevens history and other fascinating items from our collections.
In an effort to create a dedicated social media presence and enhance the discoverability of its collections, the Archives and Special Collections started a Tumblr in the Fall 2017 semester. With its mixture of curated images, impromptu archival discoveries, and longer-form articles, the Tumblr blog proved to be immensely popular with the general public and fellow cultural heritage institutions.
The new Instagram will allow us to share content with a wide range of online communities, promote the day-to-day work of our staff and student interns, and provide outreach for events, exhibitions, and new acquisitions.
So far, our posts have covered a number of interesting topics including the story behind why Stevens chose red and gray as their official colors; correspondence between the playwright Eugene O’Neill and the Stevens Dramatic Society; the biggest object in our collection; and an early photo of artist Alexander Calder taken during his time as a Stevens undergraduate.
Follow us at @stevensarchives to find out more!
The Archives and Special Collections at the Samuel C. Williams Library houses historic manuscript collections, rare books, artifacts, oral histories, and other archival materials that document the history of Stevens Institute of Technology, the Stevens family of Hoboken, and innovation in science and technology.