Our Mission

The mission of the Industrial Archives & Library is to collect, organize, conserve, and preserve industrial records and to make them available for education and research to historians, scholars, and the public.

Our Vision

To become a leading research center for industrial records.

About IAL

The Industrial Archives & Library was incorporated on January 1, 2015 as a non-profit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3), Private Operating Foundation (POF), located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. It utilizes several secure and environmentally-controlled facilities for the inventory, processing, and storage of archival and library materials.

The Industrial Archives & Library’s staff possesses extensive experience working in the fields of public history and private-sector corporate management for a variety of institutions and organizations. Implemented plans and programs are set to both meet the institutional mission to make records available to the public and  to position the Archives to meet industry best practices for collections management.

The Industrial Archives & Library maintains active memberships in both the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC). Staff adhere to and are guided by the Society of American Archivists’ Code of Ethics.

The Industrial Archives & Library is governed by a Board of Trustees.

Staff

Stephen Donches

President & CEO

Bio coming soon!

Robert “Bob” Bilheimer

General Manager

Bio coming soon!

Nicholas Zmijewski

Archivist

Nick has worked for IAL since 2017, having worked at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in its archives since 2007. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in history from Wilkes University and is pursuing a Masters in Archives and Records Management from San Jose State University. Nick has been published in Railfan and Railroad as well as The Milepost and considers industrial history both his vocation and avocation, having spent much of his childhood with his father’s paper and photo collection, when not visiting railroad facilities and abandoned mines. He is a member of the Society of American Archivists and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) and serves on the board of governors for ArchivesSpace. Nick grew up in Cranford, NJ and now resides in Lancaster, PA with his wife, Allison, and their two children, Zoe and Logan. “I look forward to developing the collections that will make IAL a research destination for decades to come,” says Nick.

Melissa “Missy” Nerino

Associate Archivist

Missy earned her BA in history and historical communications from Lebanon Valley College in 2013 and an MS in communications from Purdue University in 2017. Prior to joining the Industrial Archives & Library, Missy worked at the Pennsylvania State Archives, the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania and the Lebanon County Historical Society. Missy primarily works in processing, repairing, and cataloging archival materials, but has been instrumental in the application of IAL’s adoption and upkeep of WorldShare Management Systems software for library management. She actively participates in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) as a member of its communications committee and as the advertisement editor for the Mid-Atlantic Archivist, a quarterly magazine distributed to nearly 1200 archival professionals in seven states. Missy resides in Bethlehem, PA with her husband, Jonathan.  She is energetically involved with the Bethlehem Food Co-op, where she chairs the MOVE Committee.