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Welcome to the Drexel University Archives

Archival image of the Great Hall in Drexel's Main Building.

COVID-19 Service Update (Last update: May 19, 2021)

University Archives staff are currently working on campus for a limited number of hours per week and will fulfill researcher requests for digitized materials whenever possible. Researchers whose inquiries are time-sensitive and cannot be completed with digitized material should contact archives@drexel.edu to discuss their options. 

All visitors to the University Archives reading room must make an appointment by emailing archives@drexel.edu. Visitors must comply with all of Drexel’s public health policies and procedures and accept The Dragon Pledge. Currently enrolled students and employed Drexel faculty and staff must use a current Drexel ID to enter the building. All other visitors (individuals who are not students, faculty or Drexel professional staff) must follow the University’s current Visitor Guidelines.

Archives staff are available to answer questions and provide remote research consultations, consultations about donating or transferring records to the Archives, rights and reproductions support, and advice about implementing the University’s records management policy.

Visit the Drexel University Libraries' COVID-19 page for the latest information and updates about our resources, services and access to facilities during COVID-19.

Our Mission

The Drexel University Archives collects, preserves, and shares the history of Drexel University, including records from administrative offices, academic departments, student groups, and the professional and personal papers of faculty, staff, and alumni/ae, as well as records about Anthony J. Drexel and his family.

The Archives stewards institutional records and other physical and digital documents of enduring value related to the University’s history. This evidence supports scholarship, teaching, and life-long learning by Drexel faculty, students, staff, alumni/ae, and members of the public.

Learn more about our collections.

Visit the Drexel University Archives

The University Archives is open to everyone—to Drexel students, faculty, and staff, outside researchers, and members of the community—regardless of institutional affiliation. Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the reading room is currently open on a limited basis to Drexel students, staff, and faculty only. Please contact us at archives@drexel.edu for assistance.

Inclusivity in Archives

Drexel University Archives acknowledges that archival collections do not represent all groups equitably and that not everyone has the same access to archives. We endeavor to more fully and accurately represent all parts of Drexel’s history and to provide access to our collections in the broadest sense. For more, please read our Statement on Inclusivity.