As the institutional memory of Drexel, the Archives collects, preserves and makes accessible the records of the University. You'll sometimes find us here in Hagerty Library, but just as often we're in MacAlister or Curtis or Main, listening to faculty and staff tell us about what they do and the records they create. After one such meeting, a professor eloquently expressed the following sentiments:
"I have been wondering how I could preserve these bits of my office's history for... posterity. I had not thought of the Archives. Now, that's taken care of.
In honor of Alumni Weekend at Drexel, we've digitized two seasons of football programs. Sorry, Golden Dragons, we don't have the 1959-60 season (though we'd love to preserve yours if you have programs from that year). So we scanned the closest thing, the 1963 and 1964 seasons.
Archives often have backlogs of materials that have not been fully classified, described or indexed; these collections are called "hidden" because they are difficult or impossible for researchers to use.
Two researchers from the Powelton Village Civic Association visited the Archives recently and found a number of interesting images of the neighborhood in our Buildings and Campus Photographs Collection. You can read more about that photograph collection in its finding aid.
We are always interested in hearing patrons' views of archives, so this blog post was of special interest. Elesha Coffman, a history professor at Waynesburg University, shares her four keys to effective archives work in "The Art of the Archive."
Next time you swing by the Lower Level of Hagerty Library, be sure to check out the Drexel University's Special Collection exhibition: "Many Littles Make a Much" -- a collection of miniature books.
The exhibition cases have recently been moved to make room for the periodicals, now also located in the Lower Level. The exhibition is now along the north wall.
Be sure to pass by often to see new exhibitions as they happen!
For more information about the Special Collection, contact the University Archives.
In an effort to let the Drexel community and the public at large learn more about the treasures in the Drexel University Special Collections, we're gearing up for a number of exhibitions.
The exhibitions will feature materials that the staff think will be of wide appeal, and will be in the cases along the south wall in the lower level of Hagerty Library.
The first exhibition is being installed today - watch this space tomorrow for an announcement.
Part one of a three part series
The core of Drexel University Libraries Special Collections consists of a several gifts of rare books donated to the Drexel Institute by Anthony J. Drexel, George W. Childs and George M. Standish.