ALBION COLLEGE: Turning The Page-Elizabeth Palmer, '10, Returns to Albion as Archivist


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Albion College issued the following announcement on Aug. 20.

Elizabeth Palmer’s mother is a teacher. So is her father. Her sister? She’s a teacher, too.

“My aunts and uncles, they’re all teachers,” she says.

She smiles.

“I’m in a nontraditional teaching environment,” Palmer says.

Perhaps. But while Palmer, ‘10, isn’t a teacher in the classic sense, that doesn’t mean she isn’t teaching. And in her case, as Albion College’s new Marilyn Crandell Schleg Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, she is educating those who may only have a passing knowledge of the wonders that reside in Stockwell-Mudd Library.

“I want to make sure people know about the collection that’s available,” says Palmer, who began her new job in July. “I’m of a mind that why do we have it if it’s not benefiting others? As a student I knew about the archives, but I didn’t know about the rare books.”

And for a small college, Albion’s collection is indeed special.

It includes documents from the United Methodist Church. It has bibles in nearly every language. There are documents and books from early America, a first-edition Book of Mormon, a restored King James Bible from 1611 and artifacts that trace the start of Albion College. It is a treasure trove for the bibliophile, and while it’s too fragile and valuable to be open to the public 24 hours a day, requests to visit for research purposes are always welcome.

“It’s important to have things be as accessible as possible to research,” Palmer says.

Indeed, she has spent her first weeks on the job roaming the aisles and poking through drawers just to acquaint herself with what’s available.

“I’ve been learning a lot,” she says. “I thought I was pretty familiar with Albion’s history but I’m learning a lot more.”

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