The Service Learning digital project was originally conceived in conjunction with a consortial project supported by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) Library Deans. The Digital Repository of the AJCU provides access to archival images from member institutions documenting important aspects of Catholic higher education, including social justice and service-learning programs.
We felt it was important to recognize Marquette University's long tradition of engagement in community service. Archivists also wanted to document the breadth of service activities at Marquette. The digital collection currently consists of 150 images from the late 1960s to 2006: from the early days of the Marquette University Community Action Program's (MUCAP) activities through hurricane relief efforts in New Orleans. Fifteen different service projects are represented; the collection is strongest in documenting Habitat for Humanity, Hunger Clean-Up, the Marquette Action Program, and MUCAP.
The primary selection criterion for this project was a desire to show Marquette community members - students, faculty, and staff - actively engaged in community service. While University Archives maintains within its holdings many images depicting community service activities, many did not support our goal of showing people actively engaged in service. For example, images showing children displaying art projects but no member of the Marquette community were not selected for the project because they did not show the act of service. Similarly, images depicting groups of volunteers posing for the camera were selected very minimally. At a secondary level, we also selected images that were the highest quality compositions. The majority of images were made by amateur photographers engaged in community service projects. In general, few details were provided about the action or participants, so most descriptions are brief and lack specificity. We hope that members of the community might be able to provide further information to allow us to update the description. Over time, we hope that this collection will grow to encompass an even wider range of service projects and that members of the community will consider donating images from these and similar service projects to the University Archives.
Questions about this collection and additional information about images in the collection can be directed to Michelle Sweetser.