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Capturing the Stories of Our Alumni: Question and Answer with University Archivist, Rob Sieczkiewicz

By: Jenny James Lee

Capturing and preserving its own history is essential to any organization's survival; at Drexel such is the responsibility of Rob Sieczkiewicz, our University Archivist. His team of three staff collects, catalogs and makes available the original materials that tell Drexel’s story – and those collections are growing.

Telling the Tales of the Dragon: Libraries Launches Oral History Program

From top left: Nancy Lewis '98 , Danuta Nitecki '72, Dean of Libraries, Orval Lovett ’47 and Rachel (Garber) Lovett ‘47

The Tales of the Dragon project beg

Dragons on the Gridiron: A History of Football at Drexel

By Rob Sieczkiewicz, University Archivist

January will bring football to the first floor of W. W. Hagerty as the Libraries open Dragons on the Gridiron, a new exhibition that traces the history of football at Drexel, on and off the field.  Featuring historic photographs, game programs and other documents -- as well as materials on loan from alumni who played football at Drexel -- the exhibition will explore the passion, the excitement and the hard work inherent in the nation’s favorite sport.

Digital@Drexel Presentation and Showcase Event Highlights Digital Projects at Drexel

Over a dozen digital projects were on display at the Digital@Drexel Presentation and Showcase event on Friday, November 18th at W. W. Hagerty Library. The event, hosted by Drexel University Libraries and the Digital@Drexel Group, drew attention to some of the unique digital projects underway at Drexel University.

Time Capsule adds items to Drexel Archives collection

By: Rob Sieczkiewicz and Jenny James Lee

Several new items were added to the Archives' collection at W. W. Hagerty Library after the opening of a time capsule, found in Matheson Hall, during a sledgehammer ceremony on October 5th. The ceremony was lead by Dean of LeBow, George Tsetsekos, with members of his advisory board, Drexel students, staff and faculty, as well as representatives from the Keating Building Company.

During construction at Matheson Hall on September 30, crews found the time capsule behind the building’s 1965 cornerstone plaque. The capsule was sealed and in good condition, as were its contents.

3/31/11 - Welcome Back Week Quizzo

Gather a group of friends and join the Libraries for Welcome Back Week Quizzo. Enjoy complimentary popcorn, drinks and soft pretzels while your team answers questions about Philadelphia, Drexel University, the Libraries and current events. The top three scoring teams will receive prizes.

The Triangle: Class Explores Campus History

Archives present student work

By: David Stephenson

Although thousands pass him by each day, few actually know of the all-star alumnus for whom who Mario the Dragon is named.

Even fewer students know the story of a long lost chandelier that once hung in the Great Court of Main but disappeared after a massive explosion rocked the campus and damaged buildings along Market Street.

But these stories from Drexel's past, and more, and now being unveiled by a group of inquisitive students from professor Sheryl P. Simons's fall 2010 English 101 course.

The Drexel Archives have been presenting works from Drexel students in Simon's class about the history of their school. Although many of the posts have already been published, all of the essays are available on the Drexel University Libraries website.

"I think what we're trying to do is get students excited about the history of their school," Robert Sieczkiewicz, University Archivist, said.

Essays that are already available on the site cover the mystery surrounding the chandelier from the Great Hall, the story behind the financier who founded the University and the history of women in Drexel sports.

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