6363-Malone names Amy Yuncker new archivist
6363-August 8, 2012
Malone University has named Amy Yuncker as archivist. A new position; Yuncker will oversee the preservation and exhibition of historical documents and artifacts associated with the 120-year-old institution.
Yuncker is a 2006 graduate of The Ohio State University where she double majored in history and medieval/Renaissance studies and minored in music and classics. Upon graduation she served at her alma mater's library in a variety of positions including lead weekend supervisor for the William Oxley Thompson Library, where she supervised circulation functions and handled reference and research questions. She also served the Columbus Metropolitan Library while earning her master of library and information science degree through Kent State University, completing the MLIS with a dual focus on archives and management. Earlier this year, she completed an internship at the Ohio Historical Society Library/Archives, where she says,"I learned that being an archivist was dirty work; that's why it's fun!"
The Carroll County native is excited to be back in Northeast Ohio.
She says, "I was excited to see an opening for an archivist at Malone University and more excited when, one month after finishing my degree, I began work in Malone's archives! I'm happy to be here and eager to share the information that the archives have kept hidden for so many years!"
The appointment comes soon after Malone University was awarded a grant from the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board (OHRAB) in the amount of $1,137 through the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).
The OHRAB grant enables the University to purchase archival quality supplies to appropriately house and organize the missions section of the Friends Historical Collection.
"Many of these items are already in delicate condition. We want to preserve them for future generations," says Rebecca Fort, interim library director. "The kinds of supplies used for preservation are expensive, so we're delighted that the Ohio Historical Records Advisory Board has chosen to support us."
The collection contains correspondence, journals, photographs, and artifacts from the first Quaker missionary to China, as well as from Malone alumni who were founders of missions in India, Taiwan, Kenya, Burundi, and Rwanda.
As part of the work for the grant, Yuncker will provide lists of the contents of the boxes and will post links to those descriptions online. It is anticipated that current and future Malone students and researchers from around the world who are interested in missions and in the history, culture, and religious development of those countries will benefit from these treasures.
Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone is recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, named an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Award winner, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2012.
Suzanne Thomas, APR
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