What's in the Drexel University Archives
The Drexel University Archives has two main focuses: the history of Drexel
University and the history of the Drexel family.
History of the University
The history of the University is documented with material created by:
- The Office of the President and the Board of Trustees
Specific colleges, departments, academic programs, and committees
Administrative offices and units
The athletic program
- Individual alumni/ae, faculty, and staff
- Student and faculty campus groups
The history of the University covers these and other topics:
The development of academic programs
The evolution of the administrative structure
How the administration made decisions and the responses from students,
faculty, staff, and residents of nearby neighborhoods Powelton and
The development and activities of campus groups
Activities of individual faculty
Activities of individual alumnae and alumni after graduation
The construction and acquisition of university buildings, campus
expansion, and the effect of Drexel’s expansion on Powelton and
Drexel Family History
The Drexel University Archives collects, preserves, and shares the history of University founder Anthony J. Drexel and his family. In January 2021 the Archives launched the Drexel Family Digital Archive, an online exhibit documenting the legacy of University founder Anthony J. Drexel and his family. The online exhibit features a curated selection of more than 120 “digital surrogates” (digital reproductions of physical objects) of Drexel family-related material such as photo albums, costumes, paintings, furniture, diaries and other textual documents.
The online exhibit, made possible by generous donations from Drexel family members, brings together digitized materials from the University’s special collections units, including the University Archives, The Drexel Collection, and the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection, with items from the archives of the Academy of Natural Sciences to be added soon.