Welcome to the Mercyhurst University Archives!

The University Collections contain a wealth of primary source material pertaining to important documents, institutional records, ephemera and realia about the University. The Ridge Collection contains material pertaining to important public policy matters covering Governor Ridge's time in office, along with extensive resources pertaining to First Lady Michele Ridge's commitment to and involvement with a number of important issues affecting the lives of Pennsylvanians.

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Image of the Month: May Day 1932

May 1931–The First May Crowning was held at Mercyhurst. The May Crowning was one of the graduation celebrations held along with a visit from the Bishop, special dinner, and Charter Day. The annual event was held in the grotto and later moved to the front of the campus. Many parents and residents of Erie would come to the celebration. The last May Crowning was held in 1968 at the request of the students who thought it was an outdated activity. 

Did you know? Mercyhurst conducted cancer research

The Archives has digitized two scrapbooks containing information from Sister Mary Eymard Poydock who conducted cancer research from 1965-1988. The results of the findings were broadcast coast to coast on CBS under the title "Report on Medicine."

New content: The collection of Sr. Carolyn Herrmann

The Sr. Carolyn Herrmann collection has been digitized. Sr. Carolyn was president of Mercyhurst from 1963-1972. The collection consists of many of the speeches given by her and several photographs depicting her time at Mercyhurst.

Contact Us

Bryan Colvin
University Archivist
Phone: 814-824-2295
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.