Each month the University Archives appraises and acquires documents, photographs and electronic files that capture and record Drexel’s unique history. These new acquisitions are gifts and transfers from University departments, Drexel alumni, current student groups, and other donors.
When did the blue and gold dinks first officially make their appearance at Drexel? An 1938 article from The Triangle, pictured below, announces the Inter-fraternity Council's plan to require all fraternity freshmen "wear dinks of the same make, color and design."
Recently the Archives received a donation from alumnus Richard W. Young ('54): two framed pages from the January 2, 1892 issue of Harper's Weekly. The pages hung for forty years in the office that Mr. Young shared with his late wife Elizabeth Hansen Young ('52).
The Drexel Institute was dedicated on December 17, 1891, just two weeks before this issue of Harper's appeared. The magazine demonstrates how the opening of Mr. Drexel's bold new school captured national attention. An interior page of the magazine features illustrations of the Great Court in the Main Building. Here's the two items hanging in the University Archives in Hagerty Library.
Normally, archival preservation requires that works on paper be stored in a drawer or box, away from damaging light. However, Mr. Young urged us to display the pieces where they can be seen and enjoyed by the Drexel community. For that reason, we've hung them in the Archives reading room, where they can be seen but have limited exposure to light. So please stop by the Archives and take a look at these pieces of history.