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.
How did that happen? Another quarter has vanished and the last week of classes is here. Need primary sources or information about Drexel history for that final project or paper? We'll be open until 8 p.m. today and tomorrow, and open 9-5 on Thursday. If you can, please contact us to make an appointment. But if you need help without warning, walk-ins are welcome any time we are open.
Good luck with exams!
*Birthday Party for George W. Childs*
Wednesday, May 12th, 4 to 6 p.m
W.W. Hagerty Library, Lower Level
You are invited to celebrate the birthday of George W. Childs with the University Archives.
A lifelong friend of Anthony J. Drexel, George W. Childs (1829-1894) played a major role in the founding of Drexel.
In order to congratulate winners of the Drexel Library Celebration Awards, the Archives reading room will close at 3 p.m. on May 6. Because we know you need to do research here, we're opening early: at 10 a.m. that day. So set your alarm clock a little early, and come to the Lower Level of Hagerty Library for all your Drexel history needs.
A researcher contacted us recently to ask about local businesses or institutions that used to exist on the present site of Drexel's campus. Fortunately, there is a fine online tool for discovering the geographic history of Drexel and the city beyond: the Greater Philadelphia GeoHistory Network (GPGN).