Archivist Report

Archivist Report

Q1: What is your name?

Nancy Donohue

Q2: What is your Ministry Area or Standing Leadership Group Name?


Q3: What was the most significant accomplishment or insight gained in your ministry area in 2015?

Significantly different this year was compiling photos and architectural/engineering plans from the Restoration in the late 1960’s for KSK Architects and being part of the committee working with KSK.

Q4: Where is your group or ministry area stuck?  What is your group or ministry area pondering?

Old First’s archives database is not going to be made available online anytime in the near future.

Q5: Please list the goals of your group or ministry for 2016 with complete descriptions.

  1. This is critical. The Elders, Archivist, and Administrative Team need to develop and enact a retention policy with regard to all church documents. This includes checks, correspondence, minutes, bills, financial records, etc.
  2. Catalog remaining collections: trustees and architectural drawings.
  3. Given the limited space in the vault, determine how to store architectural drawings.
  4. Given the limited space in the vault, determine the best physical configuration for storing the archived materials and purchase the appropriate size archival boxes, etc.

Q6: What other comments do you have for the Annual Report

Maintenance of the archives is not and should not be high on the list of priorities, but that does not negate the fact that the archives are a part of Old First’s patrimony. The archives testify as to who we are, where we have been, and why we are who we are.

Old First gave most of its oldest and most fragile documents and records (42 linear feet) to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in 1996 so that these valuable documents would be better protected/preserved and be available for wider research. Anyone interested in consulting Old First’s oldest records is welcome at HSP at 13th & Locust. HSP is open Tuesday 12:30-5:30; Wednesday 12:30-8:30; Thursday 12:30-5:30; Friday 10-5:30. There is an $8 fee.

To determine what you want to see before you go, refer to the Finding Aid for the Old First Collection, collection #3010. Online, go to: