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Explore the Drexel University Archives Collections Online

The Drexel University Archives is committed to increasing the number of historical materials available online. Currently, most of our materials are not accessible online, and we encourage you to contact us directly if you do not find what you are looking for. We might have something that is already digitized but not online, or something that is not yet digitized but which we can digitize for you. 

We have several different kinds of digital, online materials available:

Searching Drexel Research Discovery 

There are several ways to access the University’s digitized archival materials. First, browse digitized collections directly through Drexel Research Discovery. Here you can view collections from the Drexel University Archives and the Legacy Center at the College of Medicine. Click on a collection to view its contents and click on an item to view that item. Once the item record is open, clicking on the “digital version” under “view online” will open the item in a new browser window where you can zoom in to view high-res images in detail.

You can also find  digitized archival materials by searching in the Libraries’ main catalog, DragonSearch. Search results will include archival materials, or you can narrow your search results down to only digitized archival collections by selecting “archival materials” from the “material type” menu on the left. 

Using Finding Aids

Searching our finding aids database is a great place to start your research at the University Archives. Please note that this database contains finding aids for three different archives that are part of Drexel University: The Academy of Natural Sciences Archives, The Legacy Center at the College of Medicine, and the Drexel University Archives. Searching our findings aids for the name of a person or group, a department or academic program, or using a subject or keyword will show you every time that keyword appears in our collection guides.

We only have publicly viewable finding aids for about a third of our collections. Finding aids may not list the person or the topic you are interested in by name, but they may include information relevant to your research. We may also be able to give you access to relevant materials in collections that do not yet have completed finding aids.

If you didn’t find anything through searching our finding aid database, we encourage you to contact us with research questions since we are familiar with the collections and with Drexel’s history and may have ideas about what collection might have something useful to you.