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Time Capsule adds items to Drexel Archives collection

By: Rob Sieczkiewicz and Jenny James Lee

Several new items were added to the Archives' collection at W. W. Hagerty Library after the opening of a time capsule, found in Matheson Hall, during a sledgehammer ceremony on October 5th. The ceremony was lead by Dean of LeBow, George Tsetsekos, with members of his advisory board, Drexel students, staff and faculty, as well as representatives from the Keating Building Company.

During construction at Matheson Hall on September 30, crews found the time capsule behind the building’s 1965 cornerstone plaque. The capsule was sealed and in good condition, as were its contents.

Contents found in the time capsule are currently on display at W. W. Hagerty Library, and are listed below:

  • Brochure: Answers to your Questions about Drexel and the Drexel Plan of Cooperative Education
  • Drexel Institute of Technology Bulletin: Undergraduate Curricula 1965-66
  • Drexel Institute of Technology Blue Book (blank examination book)
  • The Drexel Triangle, April 23, 1965
  • The Ledger: The Quarterly Journal of the Undergraduate College of Business Administration, 1963-64 (three issues)
  • Bus Ad Day card (Business Administration Day), circa 1965
  • Robert B. Mitchell and Stanley B. Tunick. Prentice Hall 1964 Federal Tax Course, Students Edition
  • Two cigarette butts with the following names written in ink: W. Martin, E. Martin, Macauley, S. Smith, Carlo, Barry, Lucke, Halpin, McNamara, Mueller

Additional Coverage of the Sledgehammer Ceremony and Time Capsule opening:
Inside Matheson, Workers Discover Time Capsule from 1965 - DrexelNow
1965 Time Capsule Opened - Drexel University Archives blog
Matheson Time Capsule Opened, Demolition Underway - DrexelNow
Amid Campus Construction, Drexel University Opens a 1965 Time Capsule - KYW Newsradio (1060-AM)

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