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).
We're looking for an archival processing intern to work on the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia records processing project! Here's the description:
Drexel University, in partnership with the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, seeks an intern to help process the records of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
In honor of Alumni Weekend at Drexel, we've digitized two seasons of football programs. Sorry, Golden Dragons, we don't have the 1959-60 season (though we'd love to preserve yours if you have programs from that year). So we scanned the closest thing, the 1963 and 1964 seasons.