About the Archives

Boxes of DocumentsThe Ernest L. Boyer Center Archives at Messiah College contains more than 480 linear feet of manuscripts, audio and visual materials, correspondence, and other materials documenting the life and work of this American educational pioneer. 

Materials in the collection represent the entirety of Boyer's career, from his work as the U.S. Commissioner of Education under President Jimmy Carter, to his chancellorship of the State Universities of New York (SUNY), and to his presidency of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Some materials also document his personal life. The collection covers a time period from 1950-1999, with the bulk of the materials dated from 1980-1996.

A prime resource for undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, and scholars, the Boyer Center Archives is one facet of the Ernest L. Boyer Center, which seeks to extend Boyer's life and work by promoting "excellent and accessible education that enriches lives and revitalizes society."

Boxes of documents in the archiveThe Archives is currently working to promote the work and legacy of Boyer by making its holdings available online. By digitizing the papers, Messiah College and the Ernest L. Boyer Center seek to ensure that generations of scholars and students will have access to these historically and intellectually significant resources. 

Research in the physical collection is by appointment only. Please call the Archives or contact the archivist to schedule a time to conduct your research. It is advisable to make appointment requests at least a week in advance, due to space limitations.

The Archives cannot ensure researcher access to the video and audio equipment necessary for research use of some archival materials.

For limited reference service, collection-related inquiries, or other questions about the Archives, contact the archivist.



Inquiries concerning the collections should be directed to the archivist.