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Historical photographs and other interesting documents from the Archives' collections, as well as information about the Archives.

New Drexel History Exhibit and Contest

The Drexel University Archives presents a new exhibit on the lower level of Hagerty Library.

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.

The Archives is Hiring!

The Drexel University Archives seeks to hire a Digital Archives Technician. This position will support the University Archivist in creating and maintaining the Archives' Digital Collections by arranging and describing collections, creating EAD finding aids and digitizing institutional archives and special collections materials.

To see a full job description or to apply for this job, please visit

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!

The Kerr Cup

by Katelyn Wolfrom

On April 19, 2008, the Drexel University men’s crew team came in 1st place at the 51st annual Kerr Cup, a regatta with special ties to Drexel, as it is named in honor of the founder of the university’s crew team, Dr. Thomas Kerr. To commemorate his efforts and the fiftieth anniversary of the team he founded, the Drexel University archives takes a look back at Dr. Thomas Kerr.

Week of Writing - Maya literary magazine

by Katelyn Wolfrom

Despite a predominant focus on science and industry, Drexel has long had a vibrant writer’s community. To celebrate Drexel's Week of Writing, the Drexel University Archives takes a look at the history of Maya, Drexel’s long-running literary magazine.

Special Training for Nurses at Drexel

by Robin Elliot

In the early twentieth century Drexel participated in training for nurses. At that time nursing was primarily a female profession. There were Nurses Training Schools throughout the country, including Philadelphia. Drexel began offering new scientific classes for nurses which would supplement their regular training. Drexel did not intend to simply offer scientific courses; instead they wanted to help the student be an all around better nurse. The curriculum would therefore include English Language and Literature to ensure proper writing skills. They would also take classes in Vocal Expression. Students in the nursing program would have access to public lectures and the library from Drexel. It is unclear if this program was implemented at Drexel at this time.

Student Life for Women at Drexel During the 1950's

by Robin Elliot

The Sarah van Rensselaer Dormitory was the home of female students at Drexel for many decades. In promotional pamphlets Drexel accentuated the educational and social aspects of college life for female students. There were three main tracks for undergraduate female students, Business Administration, Home Economics and Engineering. The Women’s Student Government Association was a crucial part of student life because of its direct connection to dormitory life. Students were required to live in the dorms if they did not have parents or an aunt or uncle who could house them while at Drexel.
Dorm rooms were similar to dorm rooms today. However more furniture was provided by Drexel than is usual for college students today. Drexel students had beds, mattresses, lamps, rugs, glass curtains and other furniture in their rooms when they arrived. Students were told to bring towels, sheets, and blankets, similar to today’s students. The rooms had hot and cold running water, but bathrooms and showers were available on each hall.

The Federation of Engineering Societies Fourth Annual Engineers’ Day

by Robin Elliot


The growth of the School of Engineering at Drexel is evident in a program for the Federation of Engineering Societies, Engineers’ Day held at the Drexel Institute of Technology in 1952. While none of the speakers were from Drexel, except for Dr. Robert C. Disque, who made the Summary speech of the day, there were a large variety of speakers from all facets of academia and industry. The speakers spoke on subjects of vital interest to both engineers and to society in general. The inclusion of metallurgical engineering in the program is evidence of the growing strength of the engineering department at Drexel during the1950’s. This department was not added to the curriculum until the 1950’s.

"Industrial Science in Relation to Full Employment"

by Cheryl Klimaszewski

To browse the records of the Office of the President during the tenure of Dr. James Creese is to gain an understanding of the Institute’s place in the world as much as it is a view to the development of the Institute itself. Creese sat on the boards of many prominent local institutions and served on numerous government committees at both the state and local levels. On January 11, 1961, Creese presented a statement before the Joint Committee on Unemployment of the Senate and House of Representatives of the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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