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The Thiel Archives

The Thiel Archives

The Thiel Archives is the repository of the history of Thiel College, including documents, publications, photos and memorabilia from throughout the College’s history. There are a great variety of photographs depicting campus life over the years, but unfortunately many have no identification.

  • To view unidentified photos, please contact the archivist.
  • To view identified photos, please view our Flickr gallery.

The Archives is working to provide information on the history of Thiel College on-line. Following are links to what is currently available:

Brief History

Past Presidents

Distinguished Alumni, Service to Thiel WInners, Young Alumni

T-Notes (the bi-weekly publication for faculty and staff) 2017-present

The Bell (semi-annual publication for alumni and friends) 2010-present

Emeriti Professors (1903-present)

List of Honorary Degree Recipients (1877-present)

List of Areas of campus dedicated by and for alumni and friends: Link currently not available

We invite you to come to the Archives to view the student newspaper, The Thielensian (1883-present), the yearbook, The Endymion (1911-present), Convocation and Commencement programs (1874-present), College Catalogs (1870-present), and collections pertaining to athletics, greek life, campus buildings, student life, academic departments, college programs and other aspects of Thiel's history. We appreciate, and are actively collecting Thiel memorabilla and artifacts from alumni and friends that will add to this collection. 

Tri-Synod Archives

The records of many Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia Lutheran synods and congregations, especially disbanded congregations, are housed in the Tri-Synod Archives administered by the Northwestern Pennsylvania Synod, Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod and West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

The Tri-Synod Archives are located in the lower level of the Passavant Center and open on Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon. The Synod archivist is usually in the archives during these hours, but may be at a meeting or off-site. If you wish to visit the archives, it is necessary to set up an appointment by contacting Sarah Fox Roth at 724-589-2131.

Please note: Thiel College provides the space for the Archives, but college staff is not involved in the administration or work of the archives.

Genealogical Inquiries

The archivist can provide genealogical research on a time-available basis for $15 per hour. The scope of such searches is at the archivist’s discretion.

For more information, contact John Hauser '71, archivist, at jhauser@thiel.edu or 724-589-2265. The Archives are not open to the public except through arrangement with the archivist.