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Echo of Things to Come: Drexel's First Literary Magazine

To mark the Libraries' new exhibition, Inventing the Page: Student Literary Magazines at Drexel, the Archives' blog will feature a series of essays about past literary magazines by Drexel alumna and Archives volunteer, Martha Cornog. The new exhibition opens Wednesday, April 18, with a reception from 5-7 p.m. at Hagerty Library.

Echo of Things to Come: Drexel's First Literary Magazine

by Martha Cornog

"We propose to entertain and be entertained," wrote The Drexel Echo's fledgling editors, "to encourage and be encouraged, to be instructed, and, if possible, to instruct."

Drexel's first campus publication with literary content, Echo blossomed from the student body in 1907, a mere sixteen years after the institution was founded. By then, college literary magazines had become academic standbys. The Columbia Review claims to have been the first in the nation as of 1815, but then Columbia University itself was founded in 1754. The much older Harvard, first U.S. academic body as of 1636, dates its own Harvard Advocate magazine to 1866. So while ever so much younger, Drexel's Echo was certainly faster off the mark.

Actually, the monthly Echo resembles more an all-purpose campus magazine than a literary journal. While a handful of creative efforts—prose and poetry—open each issue, a "School Notes" section of news items follows with brief notes about class officers, faculty changes, news of the Library School, and the perennial sports updates. Reports on goings-on among student organizations and a jokes section close out the first issue. And on the back cover linger four paid advertisements: for a meat market, two photographers, and a sporting goods store.

Cover of the first issue of the Drexel Echo, 1907Cover of the first issue of the Drexel Echo, 1907

Congratulations Graduates

Drexel’s two-day commencement begins today. In honor of all the graduates, the Archives presents a new online exhibition, The History of Drexel Commencement. Created by Andrew Beck, an iSchool student and Archives volunteer, the exhibition presents materials from the Archives’ collections that document the ceremony, speakers and locations of this rite of passage.

Banned Books Exhibition Reception Tomorrow!

This week is Banned Books Week! A new exhibition titled,

"Banned Books, Banished Writers and Historic Bonfires:

Tales from the Rare Book Collection"

Today's Presidential Spotlight: Constantine Papadakis

Constantine Papadakis (1946-2009) served as president of Drexel University from Aug.

Presidential Exhibition Reception Tomorrow!

Join us tomorrow, September 23rd, for a reception for the exhibition "The Past Personified: a Presidential History of Drexel", curated by Shaun Kirtpartrick. This exhibit highlights some of the many images and items the Drexel Archives holds from the terms of the university's past leaders.

The reception will be held in W.W. Hagerty Library (33rd and Market Streets) on the lower level of Hagerty Library.  It is open to all and includes complimentary homemade refreshments.

Closing President's Exhibition Reception is Six Days Away!

The reception for the exhibition, The Past Personified: a Presidential History of Drexel,” currently on display in the W.W. Hagerty Library (33rd and Market Streets).

The reception will be on Wednesday, September 23, 2009, from 4 to 6 p.m. on the lower level of Hagerty Library.  It is open to all and includes complimentary homemade refreshments.

Banned Books Exhibition Reception in three weeks

Please make plans to attend a Reception for the exhibition "Banned Books, Banished Writers and Historic Bonfires: Tales from the Rare Book Collection." on Wednesday September 30th from 4 to 6 p.m on the lower level of Hagerty Library.

In conjunction with ALA’s Banned Books Week September 26 – October 3rd !  This exhibition, curated by Laurie Rizzo, displays written works that have been cause for conflict at one point in time or another. All the books in the exhibition are from Drexel’s Rare Books Collection.

Reception for the Presidential Exhibition in Three Weeks!

Please make plans to attend a reception for the exhibition “The Past Personified: a Presidential History of Drexel,” currently on display in the W.W. Hagerty Library (33rd and Market Streets). The reception will take place on Wednesday, September 23, 2009, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Upcoming Events at the Archives!

Mark your calendars! As always there is a lot going on at the Archives.  Drexel University Archives will be hosting several events at the end of September. We hope you will be there!

The Past Personified: a Presidential History of Drexel University

Reception Wednesday September 23rd from 4 to 6 p.m

on the lower level of Hagerty Library.

This exhibition, curated by Shaun Kirpatrick, illustrates the University's past leaders with images and documents from the Drexel Archives’ collections.

Miniature book reception in 5 days!

Please make plans to attend a reception for the exhibition "Many Littles Make a Much: A Selection of Miniature Books from Drexel University's Special Collection," currently on display in the W.W. Hagerty Library (33rd and Market Streets). The reception will take place on Wednesday, July 22, 2009, from 4 to 5 p.m. on the lower level of Hagerty Library.

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