320 Andruss Library
University Archivist and Historian
Coordinator of Special Collections
B.A. in History, Bowling Green State University
M.A. in History, Bowling Green State University
M.S.L.I.S., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Robert's primary responsibilities are to preserve and maintain the historical records of Bloomsburg University, collect and provide access to the Special Collections' material in the Harvey A. Andruss Library, and research and promote the history of the school as University Historian. A few of these histories can be found through the Archives' website. The site also includes exhibits covering various aspects of the University's past, finding aids to archival and Special Collections' material, and histories of the library and University Archives. For his contributions as University Archivist, in 2005 Robert was named an honorary alumnus of Bloomsburg University by the Alumni Association, the only active faculty member ever to be accorded that honor.
Robert has been at Bloomsburg University since 1996, previously working in the archives at the University of Illinois , Urbana-Champaign. While at Bloomsburg he has been deeply involved in historical research, a major area being sports history concerning Bloomsburg University athletics. This research has resulted thus far in three papers presented at the annual meeting of the North American Society for Sport History, as well as several articles in the University magazine, Carver . He has also not forgotten the history of the local area, publishing a book in 2005 with the Columbia County Historical and Genealogical Society entitled The Future Comes to Columbia County: The Era of the Trolleys, 1901-1926. While covering the general history of the University Robert co-wrote an article on the library's beautiful Tiffany windows, produced a documentary Tales From College Hill: Stories of Bloomsburg University , and writes a historical column three times a year for each issue of Bloomsburg: The University Magazine . Locally he has volunteered his time with the Historical Society and led panel discussions on baseball for the "Field of Our Own" event staged by the Roaring Creek and Catawissa Valley Historical Study Group.