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Exhibitions to Showcase Special Collections

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.

For more information about the schedule, to make suggestions for exhibitions or to just say hello, contact the Drexel University Archives at

The Foundations of our Special Collections: Anthony J. Drexel

Part two 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.

Anthony J. Drexel, the founder of the university, envisioned an institute not only for practical training, but also for a wide appreciation of art and culture.  From its inception the Institute hosted free public meetings on a wide range of topics, and included a museum of art and ancient artifacts.

The book collection donated by A.J.

Taki the Scholar

This week we've heard many fitting tributes to President Constantine "Taki" Papadakis as leader of Drexel University.  Less has been said about Taki's work as an engineer.  His writings on hydrology, hydraulics and fluid dynamics are collected in a volume, Selected writings of Constantine N. Papadakis, available at the Drexel University Archives.  Stop by the Lower Level of Hagerty Library and take a look.

Sex Variant Woman: The Life of Jeanette Howard Foster

The Archives just received a copy of Sex Variant Woman: The Life of Jeanette Howard Foster, by Joanne Passet. Foster taught library science at the Drexel Institute from 1937-1948 and is best known for her 1956 book, Sex variant women in literature; a historical and quantitative survey.

Japanese art book collection available in the Archives

by Katelyn Wolfrom

Attention, students of Art, Japanese Studies and World History! Drexel's Japanese art book collection now ready for viewing in the Drexel University Archives!

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