Carolyn Weigel, college archivist, was honored at the Service Recognition Luncheon for her twenty-five years of services to Ursinus College. Get to know more about Carolyn in our spotlight story.
Carolyn Weigel is a name and a face well known to the Ursinus community. As college archivist, she engages daily with students, faculty and staff, as well as the local community and, occasionally, an international audience. She provides important elements for many of the college’s activities, such as Bears Make History, MLK Week and the Ursinus 150 anniversary planning committee.
Carolyn started cataloging in Myrin Library in 1993 and became caretaker of the college archives in 1994. In 2000, after completing Temple’s Post Graduate Archival Studies Program and an internship at the Swarthmore College Archives, she earned certification from the Academy of Certified Archivists and became Ursinus’s college archivist. When asked what she enjoys about her job, Carolyn says, “I like to help people and it makes me happy to have answers for people looking for information.”
In addition to assisting on-campus constituents, Carolyn also provides vital information and archive material for the local community and external audiences. The Trappe Historical Society relied heavily on Carolyn’s support for their anniversary celebration last year, as well as the accompanying book, Trappe and Collegeville (Images of America).
Born in southern Illinois—where she attended Southern Illinois University and went on to teach First Grade—Carolyn moved around quite a bit prior to settling in the Collegeville area. She has lived in Texas, Florida and in West Point, New York, where her husband, Bill, was a member of the West Point Band. Carolyn served as an officer of the Allentown, Pa., and Melbourne, Florida, American Association of University Women Chapters. She and Bill have two sons, Bill and Stephen. Now, on celebrating 25 years at Ursinus, Carolyn says it is “surreal.”
We are grateful to Carolyn for her constant diligence and care in doing work that is instrumental to the collective memory of the college.