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Drexel University Archives

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

Mission Statement

The Drexel University Archives acquires materials of enduring value, for preservation and access, to assist in the learning and research of the faculty, students, and interested members of the public. Drexel University Archives serves the University community by collecting, preserving, and making available institutional records. The primary purpose of the Archives is to select and preserve records that document the founding, growth, and function of the University. The Archives also serves as an educational resource encouraging the use of the records for researchers and the general public.

About the Archives

Researchers may visit the Archives in-person by appointment. For staffed hours of operation for the W. W. Hagerty Library, see the Library Hours page.

Get Involved

You can help preserve Drexel history by donating materials to the Archives, sharing your Drexel experience by recording an oral history, or submitting published papers and research materials to iDEA, Drexel's digital repository. For more information on ways to get involved, visit our 'What We Collect' page.

Contact Information

Drexel University Archives
W. W. Hagerty Library, Lower Level
3300 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: 215.895.6706
Fax: 215.895.2070
Email: archives@drexel.edu

Archives Blog


Q/A with Monica Brown, Drexel University Archives’ First Co-Op Student

Submitted by on July 28, 2017 - 7:59AM

Want to know what it's like to work in the archives? We sat down with Monica Brown to find out what she's been doing during her first co-op experience in the University Archives.

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The Philadelphia Inquirer (1860 - 2001) Now Available Online through the Libraries

Submitted by Elizabeth Ten Have on January 11, 2017 - 9:01AM

Drexel Libraries now subscribes to The Philadelphia Inquirer's digital archive.

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Drexel's Seventh President: William Walsh Hagerty

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on June 1, 2016 - 9:40AM

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of former Drexel president president William Walsh Hagerty, the Libraries is taking a look back at the many ways that Dr. Hagerty helped to build the institution we know today.

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Brain Awareness Week Exhibit on Display at W. W. Hagerty Library

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on March 9, 2016 - 4:25PM

It's Brain Awareness Week, and the Libraries is featuring a special exhibit with brain myths and facts.

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Archives Acquisitions: January 2016

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on February 3, 2016 - 11:30AM

The University Archives regularly adds new pieces of Drexel history to the collection on a including artifacts, documents, photographs and electronic files. These new acquisitions help to capture and record Drexel's unique story. This month the Archives acquired documents pertaining to Drexel's name change. In 1970 Drexel changed the name of the institution from the Drexel Institute of Technology to Drexel University.

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