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Grant will help preserve College history

Update | Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The Columbus State Library is launching an initiative in 2020 to preserve the history of the College. The Library’s archive is home to photos and documents dating back to the College’s inception more than a half-century ago. Many of the boxes and bags are deteriorating, endangering their historic contents. The Library is purchasing professional archival materials to properly store and preserve the images and documents that tell our story. In support of this work, the State Library of Ohio recently awarded the College a $4,999 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as part of the Library Services and Technology Act.

In the meantime, the Library is working to make its archives more useable and accessible. As part of that process, the grant will preserve the items already in the archive. More information will be available in the future about what should be added to the collection. If you have questions, contact Robin Buser, supervisor of Acquisitions and Metadata.

And for a look back online, check out the website here developed for our 50th anniversary in 2013. You may recall the theme “Making history every day,” which was the focus of the year-long celebration.  Founded in 1963 as Columbus Area Technician School (CATS), 67 students enrolled for the first classes held in September of that year. There were 39 students in the first graduating class two years later.  In 1967, CATS was rechartered as Columbus Technical Institute (TCI) before being rechartered again in 1987 as Columbus State Community College.


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