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Pingry Flashes Back—A Visit to the Archives


Not surprisingly, over the course of more than 150 years of Pingry history, the School has amassed some fascinating artifacts. From antique printing blocks to Dr. Pingry’s handwritten documents to school catalogues from the 1800s, they live in the Archives, nestled in a corner room of the Basking Ridge Campus’ C.B. Newton Library, largely hidden from view. Each month, we take pleasure in showcasing one of the more compelling items here, and "flashing back" to a bit of Pingry history.

The Pingry School Archives collects, preserves, describes, exhibits, and makes available to faculty, staff, alumni, and students materials related to the history and activities of The Pingry School.

What began in 2015 as Peter Blasevick’s mammoth undertaking to oversee the development and implementation of Pingry’s digital Athletics Hall of Fame has become (as of 2017) an ongoing effort to care for, archive, and digitize Pingry’s history and artifacts.

What do Pingry’s Archives collect? Everything! But, to be more specific:

  • Historical artifacts relating to school history, including photographs, documents, memorabilia, clothing, awards and trophies, and sports equipment.

  • Original publications, including yearbooks, newspapers, digests, and reviews.

  • Personal papers belonging to notable Pingry alumni.

  • Original works created by Pingry students, alumni, faculty, and staff, including books, visual arts, and music.

  • Published works by and about Pingry alumni.

As of late fall 2018, Mr. Blasevick has already preserved the Blue Book and The Pingry Review. He is now digitizing The Pingry Record as well as school awards and trophies; creating an inventory of the Drama Department’s photo collection; and working to make more material available to the Pingry community.

Anyone who is interested in donating their archival Pingry material to the School is encouraged to contact Mr. Blasevick.

Also the Blue Book advisor, Mr. Blasevick earned a B.A. in History at William Paterson University and a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) at Rutgers School of Communication and Information. He previously worked at Rutgers University Libraries as Manager of the New Jersey Environmental Digital Library, and at William Paterson University as Adjunct Digital Projects Librarian.

A Look at the Archives...

front cover of program

Three significant figures in Pingry history participated in the holiday concert over 80 years ago.

Meet the Archivist