This month marks the 122nd anniversary of the first classes at Drexel. The Drexel Institute was dedicated in December 17, 1891, but classes didn't begin until January 1892. In fact, "1892" appeared on the Drexel seal at first, until the Institute settled on the 1891 date that we use today. If you walk through the Great Court today, imagine how many students before you have crossed that hall on their way to class in the last 122 years.
A story in The Atlantic online by Rebecca J. Rosen today made me appreciate our small but lovely miniature book collection even more.
For the past two years the nation has marked the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, 1861-1865. We reach the midway point this week, as we recall the Battle of Gettysburg, one of the pivotal events of the war. Less well known, but perhaps equally important, is the battle for control of Vicksburg, which ended in Union victory one-hundred and fifty years ago today.
Welcome back, students. Hope you enjoyed your Spring Break. When you're ready to study, the Libraries are ready for you!
Letters, photographs and objects from the collections of the University Archives are on display now through the end of May in the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery (3401 Filbert St). The exhibition, A Legacy of Art, Science & Industry: Highlights from the Collections of Drexel University, brings together for the first time under one roof the art and historical treasures of Drexel's many special collections.
Recently the Archives was contacted by the granddaughter of alumnus Charles E. Dougherty '23, who found his Drexel diploma in some family papers. "On a whim," she writes, "I decided to look at your archives online. Imagine my surprise to see him in the photo."
Mr. Dougherty earned a diploma in Civil Engineering from Drexel's Evening School. He is, according to his granddaughter, "the dapper gentleman in the lower right corner" of the photo. Here's a closer look:
Today is the start of Drexel's winter quarter and the campus is already bustling.
The University Archives will be closed from December 22 until January 1. We'll be open by appointment only January 2-4. We'll return to our regular schedule on Monday, January 7.
Happy New Year!
Today marks the 101th anniversary of the death of Howard Pyle, one of the great illustrators of the 20th century. Known for his books of Arthurian legends, Robin Hood stories and pirate tales, Pyle taught and headed the Drexel Institute's School of Illustration from 1894 to 1900.
The Archives is open today on our regular schedule. Hagerty Library experienced no flooding and our collections are safe and dry. We share the sentiments of Dean of Libraries, Danuta Nitecki, that we escaped damage "in large part due to the superb preparation and vigilant watch given us by members of campus Facilities."