Portrait of Bryan Colvin
Bryan Colvin

University Archivist; Thomas J. & Michelle Ridge Archivist; Lecturer; Co-Director of iMU First Year Experience; Academic Services and Support Coordinator

Contact Information

OFFICE: Hammermill 300
PHONE: 814-824-2295

Mr. Colvin is a seasoned expert in archival theory and European and public history, currently serving as the University and Ridge Archivist at Mercyhurst University. In this role, he oversees the organization and digitization of critical historical collections, and as the primary contact for archival research requests, he is central to the university's preparations for its upcoming Centennial in 2026. Outside of the archives, Mr. Colvin is an engaging educator who teaches courses within the Thomas B. Hagen History Department on topics such as Introduction to Archives and Records Management, Western Cultures, Medieval History and World History.

In addition to his archival and teaching roles, Mr. Colvin plays a vital part in student support and orientation as the Co-Director of iMU First Year Experience and Academic Services and Support Coordinator. These positions see him aiding in the seamless transition of new students into the Mercyhurst community and ensuring they have the academic resources and guidance needed for success. Through his diverse roles and responsibilities, Mr. Colvin stands as an invaluable resource for students looking to understand both the past and how to navigate their future at Mercyhurst University.

About Bryan Colvin
    • M.L.I.S., Archives and Information Science, University of Pittsburgh
    • M.A., History, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    • B.A., History and Political Science, Seton Hill University
    • European History to the Renaissance
    • European History Since the Renaissance
    • World History I
    • World History II
    • Intro to Archives and Records Management
    • Medieval Europe
    • Colvin, S.B. (2022). “Harbor Creek Historical Society: Archival Consulting and Processing.” Presented at Harbor Creek Historical Society, Harbor Creek, PA.  
    • Colvin, S.B. (2022). “25th Anniversary of Ridge Administration.” Presented at Omni Bedford Springs Resort, Bedford, PA. 
    • Colvin, S.B. (2022). “Celebrating 50 Years: No Matter the Name, ‘Hospitality’ is Golden at Mercyhurst.” Mercyhurst Magazine (Fall).
    • Colvin, S.B. (2022). “Celebrating 30 Years: The rise of Intelligence Studies at Mercyhurst 1992-2022.” Mercyhurst Magazine (Fall).
    • Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC), Keystone Historic Preservation Grant ($25,000). (2023-2024)
    • American Chemical Society Salutes to Excellence in Archiving and Research (2023)