In celebration of Halloween, and thanks to the generosity of the Good Idea Fund, the Drexel University Archives will be holding a zombie party for students on Friday, October 29th from 3-5 PM.
Today we received a wonderful package in the mail: a box of papers of and about George W. Childs, best friend of founder A. J. Drexel. The collection includes letters, calling cards, a book of autographs, newspapers, a few photographs, books and pamphlets. The calling cards and autograph book document Mr. Childs's social interaction with such 19th century luminaries as General William T. Sherman (card) and Alexander Graham Bell (autograph). A full finding aid for the collection will appear on our site shortly, but for now, here are a few photos.
Intrigued by those mysterious, covered display cases on the first floor of Hagerty Library? Tomorrow at 4 p.m., all will be revealed. The University Archives proudly presents our newest exhibition, "Greetings on Thee, Little Guys: A History of Freshmen at Drexel" at Hagerty Library (33rd and Market Streets). An opening reception for the exhibition will be held at the library on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 from 4 to 6 p.m.
The exhibition covers a century of the new student experience, featuring photos, handbooks and more from the past hundred years.
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.
Researchers and processors be warned. Our July 22 workshop is now full. We're now taking names for the waiting list. Folks on the waiting list will have first priority for the next workshop.
Also, the University Archives will close at 2 p.m. today for a library event. See you on Monday!
Colin Saunders of the iSchool at Drexel produced these videos about archives and the archival profession for Professor Susan Davis's class. They are all quite brief so check them out!
Ready to go beyond reading books and articles about archives? Eager to get your hands dirty with genuine historical dust? Want to see how Archivists’ Toolkit works? Join the Drexel University Archives and DU College of Medicine Archives for a hands-on archives processing workshop at Hagerty Library on Thursday, July 22, 2010, from 9-5.
As the 1862 Railroad Act placed the railroad and telegraph lines under government jurisdiction, civilian railroad experts were given military status. One such man was Herman Haupt (1817-1863), a native of Philadelphia and civil engineer well-known for his genius.
The University Archives will be open limited hours the next few days. Please contact us to make an appointment before you visit.
Next week when the new quarter begins, we'll resume our normal hours: weekdays 1-5, except Wednesdays when we're open 1-8. Be sure to join us for the reception for our new exhibition in two weeks (June 30)!
A native Pennsylvanian, Colonel Thomas A. Scott (1823-1881) was Vice-President of the Pennsylvania Railroad when he was called to Washington to serve the War Department during the Civil War. The Secretary of War, Edwin M. Stanton knew of Scott's executive capabilities and appointed him Assistant Secretary of War in charge of transportation and telegraph lines. The railroads played an important role throughout the Civil War, transporting troops and supplies. This made the railroads strategic resources for both the north and the south, as well as targets.