About the Ernest L. Boyer Center Archives

Archival boxes containing manuscript drafts of Boyer's book "Scholarship Reconsidered."

Archival boxes containing manuscript drafts of Boyer’s book “Scholarship Reconsidered.”

The Ernest L. Boyer Center Archives at Messiah College contains more than 480 linear feet of manuscripts, speeches, audio and visual materials, correspondence, and other materials documenting the life of this American educational pioneer.

Much of our collection is now available in an online database. This digitization initiative was launched in 2010 in order to ensure that generations of scholars and students will have access to these historically and intellectually significant resources.

Materials in the collection represent the entirety of Boyer’s career, from his chancellorship of the State Universities of New York (SUNY), to his work as the United States Commissioner of Education under President Jimmy Carter, to his presidency of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (CFAT). Some materials also document his personal life. ┬áThe collection covers a time period from 1950-1999, with the bulk of the materials dated from 1980-1996.

A prime resource for undergraduate and graduate students, researchers and scholars, the Boyer Archives is one facet of the Ernest L. Boyer Center of Messiah College, which seeks to extend Boyer’s life and work by promoting excellent and accessible education that enriches lives and revitalizes society.

For more on the Archives, visit our website.