What do they do? — Don Gantz

Don Gantz
Special Collections and Archives Assistant Supervisor

I have been at Regent University Library since 1994. I was a student here in the School of Biblical Studies in the mid-1980s.

The mission of Special Collections and Archives is to collect, preserve, provide access to, and interpret resources relevant to Regent University’s history, culture, curriculum, and special interests. Although items in Special Collections may not be checked out, most of our collections are available to access by appointment.

The Archives portion of the department is limited to the history of Regent. My position at the Library is sometimes known as “archivist,” which should not to be confused with “anarchist,” especially since anarchists are generally not much interested in preserving old documents and institutional memory! Preserving the documents that chronicle Regent’s history is important, since, as someone has wisely observed, if we don’t write our own history, someone else will. Because work in the archives keeps me out of sight for much of the day, faculty and students have occasionally seen fit to give me other titles, e.g. “Quasimodo” (from The Hunchback of Notre-Dame) and “The Wizard of Oz.”

The Special Collections are distinct from the Archives in that they extend beyond the history of Regent. For example, we have extensive collections related to the history of the Pentecostal and Charismatic renewal movements. The Special Collections and Archives department also creates most of the displays that you see on the first floor of the library throughout the year.

My favorite pastime is being delighted and tormented by my granddaughters Abigail, age 8, and Caitlyn, age 5.