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

Coffee and conversation about computing

Last evening Drexel faculty, students and staff gathered at Hagerty Library to mark the opening of the University Archives' newest exhibition, Access Everywhere: Computing at Drexel, 1984 – present. The exhibition, which runs until December 10, begins with Drexel's Microcomputing Project and the distribution of Macintosh computers to Drexel students and faculty in March 1984. Two professors at last night's conversation were there for the distribution: Tom Hewett and Ray Brebach shared their memories of that dramatic era in Drexel's history.

"Access Everywhere" Opens Tonight (October 18) at Hagerty Library

Lovers of computers, lovers of history, please join us tonight from 5 – 7 PM on the first floor of W. W. Hagerty Library for a special event. Kicking off the opening of Access Everywhere: Computing at Drexel, 1984 – present, we'll have a conversation about the changing role of computers at Drexel. With faculty, students, staff and maybe even some alumns! Topics to be discussed will include email, internet, wireless access, and other computer advances that have brought Drexel to where it is today. This event is free and open to the public.

Closed for Columbus Day on October 10

The University Archives will be closed for Columbus Day on October 10.  Please come see us during our normal hours (weekdays 1-5 p.m.) the rest of the week!

1965 Matheson Hall time capsule opened

Today Drexel's Business Librarian, Emily Missner, and I were present at the opening of the recently discovered Matheson Hall time capsule, making sure that the contents of the capsule were appropriately preserved.  Fortunately, contents were in excellent condition, preserved inside a sealed lead box.

 

In case you're wondering what was inside the time capsule, here's an inventory:

  • Brochure: Answers to your questions about Drexel and the Drexel Plan of Cooperative Education
  • Drexel Institute of Technology Bulletin: Undergraduate Curricula 1965-66

Historical display marks National Hazing Prevention Week

To lend some historical perspective to National Hazing Prevention Week, photographs and documents from the Drexel University Archives are on display at the Creese Student Center until Friday, September 30.  The items demonstrate changing socialization rituals at Drexel and are drawn from our fall 2010 exhibition, "Greetings on Thee Little Guys: A History of Freshman at Drexel."

The Archives is Open!

Thanks for your patience over the past two weeks as we've been closed for post-flood repairs.  We still aren't back to normal, but we're close enough that we'll be open our regular hours this week and for the rest of the term.  Come visit us any weekday afternoon (that is, Monday-Friday between 1-5 p.m.)  The records of 120 years of Drexel history are waiting for you to discover them.

University Archives closed for repairs

The University Archives will be closed for the start of the fall term as we clean up from last week's flood on the Lower Level of Hagerty Library.  Drexel Facilities is hard at work restoring the Lower Level, but it will be a few days before the Archives is back in business.  Until then, the best way to reach us is by email: archives@drexel.edu.

Faculty, students and staff, we hope you enjoy the start of a new academic year!

Archives open by appointment during fall break

During Drexel's break between summer and fall terms, September 6-16, the University Archives will be open by appointment only.  If you want to do research on Drexel history, please contact us to schedule an appointment.  We are closed for Labor Day on Monday September 5.

On the first day of fall classes, September 19, we will return to our regular session schedule: weekday afternoons from 1-5 and mornings by appointment.

Enjoy the break, students and teachers!  We'll see you when you get back.

Exhibit and discussion: Researching Diversity at Drexel

Our latest exhibition, "Researching Diversity at Drexel," opened August 10. This week we'll be hosting an opening reception with coffee and conversation about researching and documenting diversity. The reception will take place in the atrium of the W.W. Hagerty Library (33rd and Market Streets) on Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 5 p.m. We hope to see you there!

Drexel opened its doors in 1891 as a technical school dedicated to educating men and women students of all races, religions, and backgrounds. However, the history of diversity at Drexel, as at any institution, is complex.

Finding an unexpected treasure in the Archives

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iSchool student and archives intern Phoebe Kowalewski writes about the joy of discovering something special in the archives.

A safe but sometimes chilly way of recallin

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