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

Happy Holidays!

The University Archives will close at 5 P.M. today and reopen Monday, January 3rd. We'll see you in 2011!

Santa rocks out at Drexel, 1982

Things We're Grateful For

On this Thanksgiving Day, Rebecca, Rob and intern Brian Stewart  give thanks for the people and things that have made 2010 a memorable year at the Drexel University Archives.

The Good Idea Fund generously funded two Archives events this year. In May, we held a birthday party for George W. Childs, a friend of A.J. Drexel and a founder of the Drexel Institute.

Celebrate Halloween, Zombie-style, at the University Archives today (3-5 p.m.)

Celebrate Halloween with us today, October 29th from 3-5 PM. Thanks to the generosity of the Good Idea Fund, we are throwing a zombie party for students, bringing our collections "back to life" for your edification and amazement. A professional conservator will show you how to bring your own treasures back to life.

Save the Date: Archives Zombie Party, 10/29

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.

New collections: papers of and about George W. Childs

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.

New exhibition opens tomorrow: "Greetings on Thee, Little Guys: A History of Freshmen at Drexel"

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.

Save Drexel History (and clean out your office)

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.

July 22 processing workshop full; Archives closing at 2 p.m. today (July 16)

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!

Your questions about archives answered - on video

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!

Question 1: Archives and Archivists: Perspectives, experience, and open discussion

Question 2: What do you enjoy most about being in an archives or working with archival collections?

Question 3: What do you see as the major challenge to the archives profes

Join us for a hands-on processing workshop July 22

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.

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