Archivist Carl Bloss
610-589-4501 ext 249
Office Hours: Wednesdays 8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Goals of the Archives Project
The basic mission and goal of the Bethany Children’s Home Archives is to collect, identify, organize and preserve the historical records and memories of this institution, in an accessible manner – easy to view and use. The Archives will be organized and operated in a professional manner, following typical institutional archival guidelines. The Archives will be made available for use by other institutions, researchers, staff members, Alumnus and their families, current residents, and the public at large (based upon a Collections Management Policy).
In our case, the BETHANY CHILDREN’S HOME ARCHIVAL COLLECTION was created and compiled by and for the same institution. It was held internally but not in singular locations nor fully identified. Within this context, we also need to consider the Archives as the historical records of the institution and the companion manuscripts (the historical papers of an individual or family member).
An inventory is an itemized list or catalog of the specific items within the archive collection. These are usually numbered and listed as they are entered into the collection. Since only sporadic listings were made of our original holdings, no accession records exist, so they will be created from scratch – as though they have just arrived in one big delivery. Faced with this jumbled mass of records with no basic documentation, we have grouped them together, creating natural but artificial groups.
Most of the holdings of the Bethany Archives belong to and have been in the custody of the institution, but most have not been properly stored or cared for in the past. Some have been stored in the institution safe while others were deposited in attics and basements. No one had been delegated the authority or responsibility to do anything with these records. The records are currently being retrieved and moved to one location, to be identified, grouped, labeled and preserved.