New Rochelle, NY, October 12, 2011 Members of the Thomas Paine National Historical Association (TPNHA) have voted unanimously to approve a new home for the safekeeping of their archives. The members came together in support of the resolution to permanently transfer and deaccession the artifacts to Iona College in New Rochelle. With the membership vote complete, the Association can now proceed to the final phase of the legal process, which is to gain the approval of the NY State Court.
Since 2010 the artifacts of the Collection have been stored temporarily in state of the art archival facilities within Iona’s newly renovated Ryan Library. This is the same location the Board determined best meets all criteria for proper stewardship of the artifacts, public and academic access, and guaranteeing the Collection remains in New Rochelle.
Rick Palladino, the Director of Libraries at Iona College, had this to say about the vote, “Iona College and Ryan Library are proud to be approved by the members of the Thomas Paine Association as the new home of the Thomas Paine Archives. This wonderful collection is housed in our new facility, which features a climate-controlled environment and the protection of a monitored security system."
TPNHA and Iona College have developed a close relationship grounded in the mutual interests of curriculum development and academic research devoted to Paine. Both institutions share a common purpose of serving New Rochelle, Westchester County, and the greater academic community.
The Thomas Paine National Historical Association was established in 1884 to educate the world about the life and works of Thomas Paine, and has been headquartered at 983 North Avenue in New Rochelle since 1925, when its Memorial Building was built. The building will continue to serve as an academic center and resource for Thomas Paine studies for the community and the world.
For more information vist: www.thomaspaine.org