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Archives Blog

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. This blog is managed by the University Archives staff.

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Q&A with Sarah Newhouse, Drexel Libraries’ First Digital Archivist

Submitted by Stacy Stanislaw on July 3, 2018 - 1:26PM

Learn more about the Libraries' new Digital Archivist, Sarah Newhouse, and her plans for the management of Drexel's digital assets as she takes on this exciting new role.  

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Drexel Implements Online-Only Submission Process for All Theses & Dissertations

Submitted by Matthew Lyons on June 4, 2018 - 10:27AM

In April, the Drexel University Libraries, the Graduate College and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies (GSBSPS) implemented an electronic-only submission process for all graduate theses and dissertations.

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Steven Fullwood Shares Archives Expertise During Spring Workshop

Submitted by Stacy Stanislaw on May 31, 2018 - 4:35PM

On May 23, the Drexel Libraries welcomed Steven G. Fullwood to campus for his workshop, History in Your House, In Your Hands.

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

Submitted 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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Archives Acquisitions: October 2015

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on October 30, 2015 - 8:00AM

This month the Archives acquired a formal portrait of John and Mary Fetter Semanik.

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Drexel University Archives' New Acquisitions: August/September

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on October 5, 2015 - 12:38PM

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.

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Drexel University Libraries Contributes Two Cultural Pieces to Regional Diaries Initiative

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on June 3, 2015 - 10:12AM

Drexel University Archives will extend access to two diaries in the collection through a collaboration with the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries and the University of Pennsylvania's Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts. Drexel University Archives contributed digitized images of Rebecca Thomas's recipe book and Francis Martin Drexel's travel journal. Rebecca Thomas was a resident of early 19th-century Burlington, New Jersey. She recorded recipes, arithmetic lessons, and folk remedies in a small journal that brings to life the day-to-day concerns of early American women.

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Did you know about the ceiling of the Great Court in 1891?

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on November 18, 2014 - 10:00AM

When you walk into the Main Building you may notice that the low entry ceiling is painted solid white. Moving into the Great Court, you'll look up to see its ceiling is painted pale green. Did you know that these ceilings used to look quite different?

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The Donning of Dinks at Drexel

Submitted by Anita Lai on October 10, 2014 - 8:17PM

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This Just In: A.J. Drexel on the cover of Harpers Weekly magazine

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on August 11, 2014 - 6:27PM

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.

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A time capsule underneath Disque Hall

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on July 30, 2014 - 3:28PM

Recently, the Archives was alerted to the discovery of a time capsule placed underneath Disque Hall at its dedication 47 years ago.

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This Just In: fraternity and sorority objects from the 1960s and 1970s

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on May 13, 2014 - 4:17PM

Recently, the Archives received donations of material from alums Priscilla Nannos Muir ('75) and Charlie Ruhl ('65). 

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A hundred years of Drexel crew

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on May 7, 2014 - 7:19PM

Drexel continues to compete in the Dad Vail regatta on the Schuylkill River.  Let's take a quick look back on the history of crew at Drexel.

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Welcome back! It's Drexel's 122nd year

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on January 6, 2014 - 9:59AM

This month marks the 122nd anniversary of the first classes at Drexel.  The Drexel Institute was dedicated in December 17, 1891, but classes didn't begin until January 1892. 

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The wonder of miniature books

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on August 7, 2013 - 1:28PM

A story in The Atlantic online by Rebecca J. Rosen today made me appreciate our small but lovely miniature book collection even more.

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U.S. Grant, A.J. Drexel and the Siege of Vicksburg

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on July 3, 2013 - 11:55AM

President Grant wrote this letter to his friend and banker, Anthony J. Drexel

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Welcome back students! Spring term begins June 24

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on June 20, 2013 - 12:31PM

Welcome back, students.  Hope you enjoyed your Spring Break.  When you're ready to study, the Libraries are ready for you!

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New Exhibition: A Legacy of Art, Science & Industry

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on April 19, 2013 - 4:50PM

Letters, photographs and objects from the collections of the University Archives are on display now through the end of May in the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery (3401 Filbert St).

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Finding more about a grandfather

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on March 1, 2013 - 10:33AM

Recently the Archives was contacted by the granddaughter of alumnus Charles E. Dougherty '23, who found his Drexel diploma in some family papers.

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Welcome back students! Winter term starts today

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on January 7, 2013 - 9:00AM

Today is the start of Drexel's winter quarter and the campus is already bustling. Drexel adopted the quarter schedule in 1919, as part of the new cooperative education program instituted by then-president Hollis Godfrey.

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Happy Holidays (and holiday schedule)

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on December 21, 2012 - 5:47PM

The University Archives will be closed from December 22 until January 1. We'll be open by appointment only January 2-4. We'll return to our regular schedule on Monday, January 7. Happy New Year!

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Howard Pyle (1853-1911)

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on November 9, 2012 - 9:00AM

The University Archives' Pyle collection consists of correspondence and pamphlets documenting his time as an instructor in the school of illustration at Drexel as well as publications about Pyle.

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Archives is open and dry

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on October 31, 2012 - 8:49AM

The Archives is open today on our regular schedule. Hagerty Library experienced no flooding and our collections are safe and dry. We share the sentiments of Dean of Libraries, Danuta Nitecki, that we escaped damage 'in large part due to the superb preparation and vigilant watch given us by members of campus Facilities.'

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Closed Monday and Tuesday (October 29-30)

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on October 28, 2012 - 5:57PM

The University Archives will be closed on Monday and Tuesday (October 29-30), due to Hurricane Sandy. We're ready for the storm to be over and look forward to answering your questions about Drexel history on Wednesday, October 31. Stay safe and dry!

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Fall term 2012 has begun! Welcome back, now tell us your story

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on September 24, 2012 - 8:00AM

The Archives staff are pleased as punch with the newly restored Lower Level of W. W. Hagerty Library.

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The Archives is open!

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on August 21, 2012 - 9:49AM

Although the Lower Level of Hagerty is still under renovation, the Archives is open weekday afternoons from 1-5 and mornings by appointment. Please contact us to arrange a time to visit and explore our holdings of Drexel historical material or our rare book and special collections. We look forward to seeing you.

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Hagerty Lower Level (including the Archives) closed temporarily

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on June 25, 2012 - 8:22AM

The Archives will be closed to the public today as we clean up from a weekend flood. There was no damage to our collections and we will reopen as soon as we can. You can still reach us by phone or email.

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Archives open by appointment during break week (June 18-22)

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on June 18, 2012 - 8:00AM

Exams are over and break has begun! The University Archives won't be open during our normal schedule (weekdays 1-5). If you want to use our collections or do research about Drexel history, please contact us to schedule an appointment. We'll return to our usual schedule on Monday, June 25. Enjoy the break!

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Maya: Then, Now, and the All That Is All

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on June 6, 2012 - 9:00AM

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Between the Fog and the Desert: What the Gargoyle Sees Isn't Pretty

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on May 31, 2012 - 9:00AM

To mark the Libraries' current exhibition, Inventing the Page: Student Literary Magazines at Drexel, the Archives' blog is featuring a series of essays about past literary magazines by Drexel alumna and Archives volunteer, Martha Cornog. The exhibition runs until June 11, 2012, on the first floor of W.W. Hagerty Library.

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All's Unfair in Love and War: The Roaring Twenties, the Depression, and World War II in Drexerd

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on April 23, 2012 - 12:00PM

To mark the Libraries' current exhibition, Inventing the Page: Student Literary Magazines at Drexel, the Archives' blog continues its series of essays about past literary magazines by Drexel alumna and Archives volunteer, Martha Cornog. Inventing the Page is on display at W. W. Hagerty Library until June 11.

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Echo of Things to Come: Drexel's First Literary Magazine

Submitted by Martha Kirby on April 16, 2012 - 9:00AM

To mark the Libraries' new exhibition, Inventing the Page: Student Literary Magazines at Drexel, the Archives' blog will feature a series of essays about past literary magazines by Drexel alumna and Archives volunteer, Martha Cornog. The new exhibition opens Wednesday, April 18, with a reception from 5-7 p.m. at Hagerty Library.

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More hats, from Sigma Pi and ROTC

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on April 6, 2012 - 9:00AM

Each year the Archives prioritizes one or two areas of Drexel history to strengthen and develop our collections. In 2012, those priorities are Athletics and Greek Life.

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University Archives to Spotlight History of Writing at Drexel

Submitted by Jenny James Lee on March 21, 2012 - 10:10AM

On Wednesday, April 18th from 5 - 7 PM, Drexel University Archives will unveil a new exhibit, Inventing the Page: Student Literary Magazines at Drexel, with an opening event held at W. W. Hagerty Library.

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When It Rains, It Pours: Game Ball and Dinks

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on February 23, 2012 - 11:20AM

Ever since learning about the dink while working on our Fall 2010 exhibition, 'Greetings on Thee, Little Guys: A History of Freshmen at Drexel,' Archives staff have wished for one of these blue and gold beanies to add to the Archives' collections. That wish has finally come true. 

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National Engineers Week: The Week That Is...

Submitted by Anita Lai on February 22, 2012 - 11:14AM

It's National Engineers Week--here's a look at three innovators in the field who were honored by Drexel with the Science and Engineering Award.

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Hypnerotomachia Poliphili

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on February 10, 2012 - 9:00AM

The strange and wonderful Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (1499), called by some the most beautiful book of the Italian Renaissance, is the subject of a seminar at Penn Libraries tomorrow.

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Dragons on the Gridiron opens tonight, January 18, 4 p.m.

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on January 18, 2012 - 12:35PM

Learn about the history of the football program at Drexel in the Archives' new exhibition, Dragons on the Gridiron, which chronicles the program from beginning to end, on and off the field.

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The Van Rensselaer Family

Submitted by Brian Stewart on November 18, 2011 - 3:34PM

This is the second in an occasional series of stories from the collections of the University Archives. Today Brian Stewart tells a tale he uncovered while researching the former home of Sarah Drexel Van Rensselaer.

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The Red Rose Girls

Submitted by Brian Stewart on November 3, 2011 - 9:00AM

This is the first post in an occasional series of stories from the collections of the University Archives. Today Brian Stewart tells a tale he uncovered while researching Jessie Smith.

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Astronauts land on campus

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on October 26, 2011 - 2:10PM

Do you find inspiration in a library?  Astronaut Paul Richards did.  At today's 'Dragons of the Space Shuttle Era' event, Paul Richards '89 explained that he prepared himself to become an astronaut while at Drexel not just by studying mechanical engineering but also reading biographies of astronauts on microfiche here in Hagerty Library. 

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Coffee and conversation about computing

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on October 19, 2011 - 10:30AM

Last night, Drexel faculty, students and staff gathered at Hagerty Library to mark the opening of the University Archives' newest exhibition, Access Everywhere: Computing at Drexel, 1984 - present.

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'Access Everywhere' Opens Tonight (October 18) at Hagerty Library

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on October 18, 2011 - 8:53AM

Lovers of computers, lovers of history, please join us tonight from 5 - 7 PM on the first floor of W. W. Hagerty Library for a special event.

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Closed for Columbus Day on October 10

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on October 7, 2011 - 9:00AM

The University Archives will be closed for Columbus Day on October 10. Please come see us during our normal hours (weekdays 1-5 p.m.) the rest of the week!

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1965 Matheson Hall time capsule opened

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on October 5, 2011 - 2:06PM

Today Drexel's Business Librarian, Emily Missner, and I were present at the opening of the recently discovered Matheson Hall time capsule, making sure that the contents of the capsule were appropriately preserved.

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Historical display marks National Hazing Prevention Week

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on September 27, 2011 - 9:00AM

To lend some historical perspective to National Hazing Prevention Week, photographs and documents from the Drexel University Archives are on display at the Creese Student Center until Friday, September 30. The items demonstrate changing socialization rituals at Drexel and are drawn from our fall 2010 exhibition, 'Greetings on Thee Little Guys: A History of Freshman at Drexel.'

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The Archives is Open!

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on September 26, 2011 - 10:49AM

Thanks for your patience over the past two weeks as we've been closed for post-flood repairs. We still aren't back to normal, but we're close enough that we'll be open our regular hours this week and for the rest of the term. Come visit us any weekday afternoon (that is, Monday-Friday between 1-5 p.m.) The records of 120 years of Drexel history are waiting for you to discover them.

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University Archives closed for repairs

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on September 19, 2011 - 8:00AM

The University Archives will be closed for the start of the fall term as we clean up from last week's flood on the Lower Level of Hagerty Library. Drexel Facilities is hard at work restoring the Lower Level, but it will be a few days before the Archives is back in business. Until then, the best way to reach us is by email: archives@drexel.edu. Faculty, students and staff, we hope you enjoy the start of a new academic year!

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Archives open by appointment during fall break

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on September 2, 2011 - 9:39AM

During Drexel's break between summer and fall terms, September 6-16, the University Archives will be open by appointment only. If you want to do research on Drexel history, please contact us to schedule an appointment. We are closed for Labor Day on Monday September 5. On the first day of fall classes, September 19, we will return to our regular session schedule: weekday afternoons from 1-5 and mornings by appointment. Enjoy the break, students and teachers! We'll see you when you get back.

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Exhibit and discussion: Researching Diversity at Drexel

Submitted by Rebecca Goldman on August 15, 2011 - 1:29PM

Our latest exhibition, 'Researching Diversity at Drexel,' opened August 10. This week we'll be hosting an opening reception with coffee and conversation about researching and documenting diversity.

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Finding an unexpected treasure in the Archives

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on August 12, 2011 - 8:39AM

Learn more about a telegram from 1872 I uncovered while scanning documents for a researcher.

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Belver Griffith's papers now available for research

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on August 8, 2011 - 10:00AM

Here's a guest post from Archives intern Phoebe Kowalewski about the papers of the late Belver Griffith.

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Track and Field Records now available

Submitted by Rebecca Goldman on August 2, 2011 - 10:53AM

Here's a guest post from Archives intern Carolyn Halper about the Drexel University Track and Cross-Country records.

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University Archives closed on Friday, July 15

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on July 15, 2011 - 8:00AM

The Archives will be closed to researchers on Friday, July 15. We'll return all your calls and email on Monday morning. Have a great weekend!

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Congratulations Graduates

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on June 10, 2011 - 9:00AM

Drexel's two-day commencement begins today.

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A Taste of Things to Come: Computing at Drexel, 1946-1984

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on May 11, 2011 - 12:00PM

To mark the opening of the Archives' newest exhibition, 'Access for Everyone: Computing at Drexel, 1946 - 1984,' Archives volunteer Martha Cornog explores one dimension of that history.

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Archives exhibition opening reception today!

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on May 11, 2011 - 9:53AM

Archives exhibition opening reception today, Wednesday, May 11 from 4:00pm - 6:00pm.

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Save the date: May 11 exhibition opening reception

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on May 4, 2011 - 1:20PM

Please join us for a reception to celebrate the opening of our newest exhibition, 'Access for Everyone: Computing at Drexel, 1946 - 1984' on Wednesday, May 11th from 4 to 6 PM in W. W. Hagerty Library.

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Kenneth Matheson

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on April 15, 2011 - 9:00AM

This essay is the fourth and final in a series about Drexel's presidents, marking the inauguration of John A. Fry.

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Parke R. Kolbe and the Fascination of Unattainable Goals

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on April 13, 2011 - 8:00AM

This essay about Parke R. Kolbe is the third in a series about Drexel's presidents, marking the inauguration of John A. Fry.

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Hollis Godfrey and Drexel's Design

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on April 12, 2011 - 9:00AM

This essay about Hollis godfrey is the second in a series about Drexel presidents

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James MacAlister and Drexel's Beginnings

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on April 11, 2011 - 9:00AM

To mark the inauguration of John A. Fry as the 14th president of Drexel, this week the University Archives blog will feature essays on past presidents.

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New blog series: Drexel students write about Innovation

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on March 30, 2011 - 9:00AM

Drexel University Archives is pleased to present the work of ten Drexel students writing about innovation at Drexel.

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Archives Open House this Wednesday, 5-7 p.m.

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on March 28, 2011 - 8:00AM

Please join us for an open house at the Drexel University Archives this Wednesday, March 30, from 5-7 P.M.

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'Dear Mr. President' exhibition opens today at 4 p.m.

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on February 22, 2011 - 9:00AM

Please join us for a reception to mark the opening of the Archives new exhibition, 'Dear Mr. President: Letters to and from the Drexel Presidents.'

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The Armory and 'The Dandy First' 103rd Engineer Regiment

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on February 16, 2011 - 9:00AM

This essay is the seventh in the series Drexel students write about Drexel history

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Giving Credit Where Credit is Due: Antoinette Westphal

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on February 9, 2011 - 9:00AM

This essay is the sixth in the series Drexel students write about Drexel history

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The Archives reading room will open at 2:00 today (Feb 8)

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on February 8, 2011 - 8:00AM

If you're planning to do some research on Drexel history, or want to see rare books from the dawn of the age of printing, please plan to come an hour later. We're not opening until 2:00 so that staff can attend a lecture by Dr. Barbara Tillett, Chief of the Policy and Standards Division (PSD) at the Library of Congress. There's more information on her talk here, if you're interested. See you at 2:00!

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Hands-on archival processing workshop to be held on Friday February 18

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on February 3, 2011 - 8:00AM

Are you ready to go beyond reading books and articles about archives? Eager to get your hands dirty with the dust of history? Want to see how Archivists' Toolkit works? Join the Drexel University Archives and Drexel College of Medicine Archives for a hands-on archives processing workshop at Hagerty Library on Friday, February 18, 2011.

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James Creese, The Students' Champion

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on February 2, 2011 - 9:00AM

This essay is the fifth in the series Drexel students write about Drexel history.

 

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Women in Sports at Drexel

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on January 26, 2011 - 9:00AM

This essay is the fourth in the series Drexel students write about Drexel history.

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Left in the Dark: The Mystery of the Main Building Chandelier

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on January 12, 2011 - 9:00AM

This essay is the second in the series Drexel students write about Drexel history.

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Happy Holidays!

Submitted by Rebecca Goldman on December 23, 2010 - 11:06AM

The University Archives will close at 5 P.M. today and reopen Monday, January 3rd. We'll see you in 2011!

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Things We're Grateful For

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on November 25, 2010 - 9:00AM

On this Thanksgiving Day, Rebecca, Rob and intern Brian Stewart give thanks for the people and things that have made 2010 a memorable year at the Drexel University Archives.

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Celebrate Halloween, Zombie-style, at the University Archives today (3-5 p.m.)

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on October 29, 2010 - 9:00AM

Celebrate Halloween with us today, October 29th from 3 PM -5 PM. Thanks to the generosity of the Good Idea Fund, we are throwing a zombie party for students, bringing our collections 'back to life' for your edification and amazement.

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Save the Date: Archives Zombie Party, 10/29

Submitted by Rebecca Goldman on October 25, 2010 - 11:15AM

The Drexel University Archives will be holding a zombie party for students on Friday, October 29th from 3-5 PM. Join us as we bring our collections 'back from the dead.'

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New collections: papers of and about George W. Childs

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on September 29, 2010 - 12:30PM

Today we received a wonderful package in the mail: a box of papers of and about George W. Childs, best friend of founder A. J. Drexel. The collection includes letters, calling cards, a book of autographs, newspapers, a few photographs, books and pamphlets.

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New exhibition opens tomorrow: 'Greetings on Thee, Little Guys: A History of Freshmen at Drexel'

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on September 21, 2010 - 11:02AM

Intrigued by those mysterious, covered display cases on the first floor of Hagerty Library? Tomorrow at 4 p.m., all will be revealed.

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Save Drexel History (and clean out your office)

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on August 19, 2010 - 9:00AM

As the guardians of the institutional memory of Drexel, the Archives collects, preserves and makes accessible the records of the University. You'll sometimes find us here in Hagerty Library, but just as often we're in MacAlister or Curtis or Main, listening to faculty and staff tell us about what they do and the records they create.

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July 22 processing workshop full; Archives closing at 2 p.m. today (July 16)

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on July 16, 2010 - 8:55AM

Researchers and processors be warned. Our July 22 workshop is now full. We're now taking names for the waiting list. Folks on the waiting list will have first priority for the next workshop. Also, the University Archives will close at 2 p.m. today for a library event. See you on Monday!

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Join us for a hands-on processing workshop July 22

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on June 30, 2010 - 1:32PM

Ready to go beyond reading books and articles about archives? Eager to get your hands dirty with genuine historical dust? Want to see how Archivists' Toolkit works? Join the Drexel University Archives and DU College of Medicine Archives for a hands-on archives processing workshop at Hagerty Library on Thursday, July 22, 2010, from 9-5.

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Brigadier General Herman Haupt

Submitted by Laurie Rizzo on June 24, 2010 - 9:15AM

As the 1862 Railroad Act placed the railroad and telegraph lines under government jurisdiction, civilian railroad experts were given military status. One such man was Herman Haupt (1817-1863), a native of Philadelphia and civil engineer well-known for his genius.

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Limited hours during break week

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on June 16, 2010 - 12:53PM

The University Archives will be open limited hours the next few days. Please contact us to make an appointment before you visit. Next week when the new quarter begins, we'll resume our normal hours: weekdays 1-5, except Wednesdays when we're open 1-8. Be sure to join us for the reception for our new exhibition in two weeks (June 30)!

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Colonel Thomas A. Scott

Submitted by Laurie Rizzo on June 14, 2010 - 9:00AM

A native Pennsylvanian, Colonel Thomas A. Scott (1823-1881) was Vice-President of the Pennsylvania Railroad when he was called to Washington to serve the War Department during the Civil War. The Secretary of War, Edwin M. Stanton knew of Scott's executive capabilities and appointed him Assistant Secretary of War in charge of transportation and telegraph lines.

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Last week of classes - and we're ready to help

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on June 1, 2010 - 9:23AM

How did that happen? Another quarter has vanished and the last week of classes is here. Need primary sources or information about Drexel history for that final project or paper? We'll be open until 8 p.m. today and tomorrow, and open 9-5 on Thursday. If you can, please contact us to make an appointment. But if you need help without warning, walk-ins are welcome any time we are open. Good luck with exams!

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Today we're gonna party like it's 1829!

Submitted by Laurie Rizzo on May 12, 2010 - 9:00AM

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Birthday Party for George W. Childs

Submitted by Laurie Rizzo on May 10, 2010 - 9:21AM

*Birthday Party for George W. Childs* Wednesday, May 12th, 4 to 6 p.m W.W. Hagerty Library, Lower Level You are invited to celebrate the birthday of George W. Childs with the University Archives. A lifelong friend of Anthony J. Drexel, George W. Childs (1829-1894) played a major role in the founding of Drexel. Childs was the first Vice-President of the Board of Trustees of the Drexel Institute, serving as President of the Board upon the death of the Founder. The Archives Reading Room will feature a display materials that document Childs's life and lasting impact on Drexel. All who attend will have the opportunity to examine these 19th-century documents hands-on. Refreshments (including birthday cake) will be served in an adjoining room. Join us on May 12, 2010 from 4 to 6 p.m. where we're gonna party like its 1829! *This event is sponsored by The Good Idea Fund*

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Archives open 10-3 on Thursday, May 6

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on May 5, 2010 - 9:00AM

In order to congratulate winners of the Drexel Library Celebration Awards, the Archives reading room will close at 3 p.m. on May 6. Because we know you need to do research here, we're opening early: at 10 a.m. that day. So set your alarm clock a little early, and come to the Lower Level of Hagerty Library for all your Drexel history needs.

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Using Geohistory to uncover Drexel history

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on May 4, 2010 - 8:45AM

A researcher contacted us recently to ask about local businesses or institutions that used to exist on the present site of Drexel's campus. Fortunately, there is a fine online tool for discovering the geographic history of Drexel and the city beyond: the Greater Philadelphia GeoHistory Network (GPGN). If you'd like to see what Philadelphia used to look like (particularly our little corner of West Philly) check it out! A particularly nice feature is the interactive map viewer, which lets you layer old maps and atlases over today's street maps. G. W. Bromley's 1895 Philadelphia Atlas shows that the Main Building faced the Junction Car Works, which built railroad cars. That's an appropriate coincidence, given Anthony J. Drexel's longtime business connections with the railroad industry. What will you discover on the Philly Geo History network?

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Now hiring: archival processing intern

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on May 3, 2010 - 9:30AM

We're looking for an archival processing intern to work on the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia records processing project!

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Drexel Institute football game programs digitized (1963-64)

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on April 29, 2010 - 10:00AM

In honor of Alumni Weekend at Drexel, we've digitized two seasons of football programs.

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April 23 processing workshop is now full

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on April 21, 2010 - 3:47PM

14 people have registered for our April 23 processing workshop, with a few more on the waiting list. We're excited that there is so much interest in arranging and describing archival records! Please contact us if you'd like to be added to the list for our summer workshop (date to be determined).

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Exhibition Opening Reception on Wednesday!

Submitted by Laurie Rizzo on April 12, 2010 - 9:00AM

A Love for Everything: Education Untied at Westphal College of Media Arts and Design Exhibition Opens on April 14

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Join us for a hands-on processing workshop April 23

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on April 9, 2010 - 9:00AM

Join the Drexel University Archives and DU College of Medicine Archives for a hands-on archives processing workshop at Hagerty Library on Friday, April 23, 2010, from 9-5.

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While you were on break, Mario was working

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on March 30, 2010 - 12:00PM

Mario the dragon made good use of spring break, doing some research at the University Archives. As we feared, our white gloves wouldn't fit over this claws. He was surprised to see how much he's changed over the years. Mario, Drexel, Mario leaves the Archives, with knowledge and a vow to return

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Make Your Own Book at Hagerty Library tomorrow (March 31)

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on March 30, 2010 - 9:00AM

Be sure to join us for the Library's Welcome Back Week event! and cook up a masterpiece.

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Additional Saturday Hours

Submitted by Laurie Rizzo on March 12, 2010 - 6:46PM

For a limited time the Archives will be offering Saturday hours! We will be open for reference questions on: March 13, 20 and April 3, 10, 17 and 24th from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. We will be closed Saturday March 27. As always we are happy to help you with your archival research!

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Engineers week concludes with a bang

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on February 19, 2010 - 12:00PM

In 1963, Drexel honored Wernher von Braun with its Science and Engineering Award as part of the fourteenth annual Drexel Engineer's Day.

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Engineers Week in history: the first personal computer store in Texas

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on February 18, 2010 - 3:28PM

In 1979, Drexel honored Portia Isaacson with its Science and Engineering Award as part of the thirtieth annual Drexel Engineer's Day.

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Engineers Week continues: Celestial Space and Eternal Darkness

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on February 17, 2010 - 1:46PM

In 1960, Drexel honored Jacques and Auguste Piccard with its Science and Engineering Award as part of the eleventh annual Drexel Engineer's Day.

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Celebrating Engineers: Drexel's Egg-ceptional Golden Anniversary

Submitted by Laurie Rizzo on February 15, 2010 - 11:42AM

Last Friday, the Drexel community began celebrating National Engineers Week with a variety of events designed to raise public awareness of how engineers make modern life--well, modern.

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Make Your Own Valentine

Submitted by Laurie Rizzo on February 9, 2010 - 9:00AM

Create your own Valentine's Day card using vintage Drexel images from the collections of the Drexel University Archive.

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Hands-on processing workshop is now full!

Submitted by Rebecca Goldman on February 1, 2010 - 1:17PM

We've had a great response for our processing workshop, and the workshop is currently full. Please email us at archives@drexel.edu if you'd like to be added to the waiting list, and subscribe to our blog to hear about future events in the Archives.

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Join us for a hands-on processing workshop February 5

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on January 29, 2010 - 9:00AM

Join the Drexel University Archives for a hands-on archives processing workshop on Friday, February 5th, 2010, from 10-4.

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A Reception for a New Exhibition!

Submitted by Laurie Rizzo on January 25, 2010 - 6:36PM

'A Manner Worthy of their Importance': Drexel's Standish Collection of Rare Books Reception to be held on Wednesday January 27th from 4 to 6 p.m on the lower level of Hagerty Library

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This Day in Drexel History: January 22, 1988

Submitted by Rebecca Goldman on January 22, 2010 - 10:12AM

Drexel student Frank Masley placed first in the 1988 Olympic trials for luge. A mechanical engineering major and member of the lacrosse team, Masley planned to retire after the '88 Games and finish his degree at Drexel.  To learn more about Drexel athletes, check out our athletics collections.

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This Day in Drexel History: January 11, 1980

Submitted by Rebecca Goldman on January 11, 2010 - 10:35AM

At the beginning of winter quarter in 1980, multiple dorms were overbooked, leaving many students without rooms. Of the seventy students initially without housing, some commuted from home temporarily, while others were assigned to lounges in Van Ren, Kelly, Calhoun and the New Dorm (now Towers).

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Welcome Back!

Submitted by Laurie Rizzo on January 4, 2010 - 12:00PM

A holiday break is a great way to refresh and re-energize for the new term.

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Happy End of the Term to All!

Submitted by Laurie Rizzo on December 17, 2009 - 11:35AM

 The University Archives would like to congratulate those of you who are graduating.

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OPEN HOUSE: College of Medicine Archives & Special Collections

Submitted by Laurie Rizzo on November 30, 2009 - 9:00AM

*Open House* *College of Medicine Archives & Special Collections* *Wednesday December 2, 4-6pm* W.W. Hagerty Library, Lower Level

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Rare Books on Display

Submitted by Laurie Rizzo on November 20, 2009 - 10:36AM

On Wednesday afternoon a new exhibition went up in our display cases on the lower level of Hagerty Library.

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Collections in process, finding aids coming soon!

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on November 11, 2009 - 8:00AM

In the next few weeks, three of the Archives' largest unprocessed collections will have new finding aids online.

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November 18, 2009 exhibition reception at Hagerty

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on November 10, 2009 - 8:00AM

Mark your calendars! The University Archives will host an opening reception for the new exhibition, It's [Not] Always Online. Curated by Estelle Markel-Joyet, Archives intern and iSchool student, the exhibition focuses on reference books of the last 500 years. The reception runs from 4-6 p.m. on the Lower Level of Hagerty Library, 33rd and Market Streets.

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Veterans' Day exhibition now on display in the Main Building

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on November 9, 2009 - 9:00AM

Be sure to step up to the third floor to see the University Archives' newest exhibition, Scholars who Served: a History of Drexel's Veterans.

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University Archives closing early today, October 23

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on October 23, 2009 - 7:00AM

The University Archives will close at 2:00 today, Friday, October 23, due to an unfortunate combination of illness and staff training.

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Drexel alumna to speak about graphic novels tonight at 5:00

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on October 19, 2009 - 7:37AM

iSchool alumna Martha Cornog, MA, MS, and Timothy Perper, PhD, editors of Graphic Novels Beyond the Basics: Insights and Issues for Libraries, will discuss graphic novels tonight at 5:00 at Hagerty Library. The event is presented by SCALA, Drexel University's Student Chapter of the ALA.

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University Archives closing early today, October 15

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on October 15, 2009 - 9:37AM

The University Archives will close at 3:45 today, Thursday, October 15, so that staff can attend a meeting. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to see you Friday!

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Drexel hosts Philly's first National Coming Out Day, 1988

Submitted by Rebecca Goldman on October 9, 2009 - 1:08PM

The first National Coming Out Day was organized by the Human Rights Campaign on October 11, 1988.

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Happy Birthday, Barcode, brought to you by Drexel alumni

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on October 7, 2009 - 5:24PM

Wonder why Google's homepage doodle featured a barcode today? October 7 is the anniversary of the first patent for a barcode, awarded to Drexel alumni Bernard Silver '47 and Norman Joseph Woodland '47.

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One Hour Left in the eResource Fair at Hagerty Library

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on October 1, 2009 - 12:50PM

You have one hour left to enjoy the food, prizes and eResources at Hagerty Library's 1st ever eResources Fair until 2 p.m. today.

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Banned Books Exhibition Reception Tomorrow!

Submitted by Laurie Rizzo on September 29, 2009 - 11:00AM

This week is Banned Books Week! A new exhibition titled Banned Books, Banished Writers and Historic Bonfires: Tales from the Rare Book Collection  is currently on display on the lower level of Hagerty Library.

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Pirate Party Today! Students Welcome to the Arrrchives Open House!

Submitted by Laurie Rizzo on September 25, 2009 - 9:00AM

Aye Me Hearties, Shiver me timbers! The Arrrchives Open House it be today! Hope to see ye swashbucklers join us here in Hagerty Library, down in the lower level from 4 to 6 p.m. Learn about the sweet trade of arrrchiving and see treasures abound.

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Arrrchive Open House Pirate Party Tomorrow!

Submitted by Laurie Rizzo on September 24, 2009 - 9:00AM

Ahoy Lads and Lasses of Fortune, Thar be treasure, looting, pillaging and plunder tomorrow at the Arrrchives Open House Pirate Party.

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Today's Presidential Spotlight: Constantine Papadakis

Submitted by Laurie Rizzo on September 23, 2009 - 9:00AM

Friday will be the last day for the exhibition The Past Personified: a Presidential History of Drexel. Come downstairs in Hagerty and check it out.

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Presidential Exhibition Reception Tomorrow!

Submitted by Laurie Rizzo on September 22, 2009 - 9:00AM

Join us tomorrow, September 23rd, for a reception for the exhibition 'The Past Personified: a Presidential History of Drexel', curated by Shaun Kirtpartrick. This exhibit highlights some of the many images and items the Drexel Archives holds from the terms of the university's past leaders. The reception will be held in W.W. Hagerty Library (33rd and Market Streets) on the lower level of Hagerty Library. It is open to all and includes complimentary homemade refreshments.

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Students - Welcome Back Week! Pirate Party this Friday!

Submitted by Laurie Rizzo on September 21, 2009 - 9:00AM

Ahoy me Brethren of the Coast, Arrrchives Open House be this Friday, September 25th, from 4 to 6 p.m.

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Today's Presidential Spotlight: Richard Breslin

Submitted by Laurie Rizzo on September 18, 2009 - 9:00AM

Richard David Breslin (b. 1937/38) served as president of Drexel University from Sept. 1, 1988, until 1994, including its centennial year of 1991. ~Shaun Kirkpatrick [caption id='attachment_436' align='alignnone' width='300' caption='Richard Breslin']Richard Breslin[/caption] The Past Personified: a Presidential History of Drexel, a exhibition of notable documents and photographs are on display downstairs in Hagerty. Join us for a reception for this exhibition on Wednesday September 23rd from 4 to 6 p.m in W.W. Hagerty Library (33rd and Market Streets) on the lower. It is open to all and includes complimentary homemade refreshments.

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Closing President's Exhibition Reception is Six Days Away!

Submitted by Laurie Rizzo on September 17, 2009 - 9:00AM

The reception for the exhibition, 'The Past Personified: a Presidential History of Drexel,' currently on display in the W.W. Hagerty Library (33rd and Market Streets). The reception will be on Wednesday, September 23, 2009, from 4 to 6 p.m. on the lower level of Hagerty Library. It is open to all and includes complimentary homemade refreshments.

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Today's Presidential Spotlight: William Gaither

Submitted by Laurie Rizzo on September 16, 2009 - 9:00AM

William S. Gaither (b. 1932) served as the president of Drexel University from May 1984 through his resignation on Oct. 21, 1987, a period of difficulty but also of Drexel growth as a research university and as a residential campus. ~Shaun Kirkpatrick [caption id='attachment_433' align='alignnone' width='219' caption='William Gaither']Wlliam Gaither[/caption] The Past Personified: a Presidential History of Drexel is on display on the lower level in Hagerty. Join us for a reception for this exhibition on Wednesday September 23rd from 4 to 6 p.m in W.W. Hagerty Library (33rd and Market Streets) on the lower. It is open to all and includes complimentary homemade refreshments.

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Antiques & Collecting Magazine article about our Mini Book Exhibit

Submitted by Laurie Rizzo on September 15, 2009 - 9:00AM

This months issue of Antiques & Collecting Magazine features our rare book exhibition of Miniature Books in their Collector's Update.

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Today's Presidential Spotlight: William Hagerty

Submitted by Laurie Rizzo on September 14, 2009 - 9:00AM

William Walsh Hagerty (1916-1986) served as president of Drexel from September 1, 1963, to his retirement in 1984 -- at nearly 21 years, Drexel's longest presidency. Like his predecessor James Creese, Hagerty also oversaw a long period of expansion for Drexel; most notably, the school's transformation from an institute of technology into Drexel University in 1970. ~Shaun Kirkpatrick [caption id='attachment_430' align='alignnone' width='300' caption='William Hagerty, 1983']William Hagerty, 1983[/caption] Come and learn more about Drexel's Presidents through an exhibition The Past Personified: a Presidential History of Drexel, on display in the lower level of Hagerty. Join us for a reception for this exhibition on Wednesday September 23rd from 4 to 6 p.m in W.W. Hagerty Library (33rd and Market Streets) on the lower. It is open to all and includes complimentary homemade refreshments.

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Two weeks till the Pirate Party -for Student's Welcome Back Week

Submitted by Laurie Rizzo on September 11, 2009 - 9:00AM

Ahoy, me Hearties! Aye, for Welcome Back Week at Drexel the Arrrchives is hostin' an Open House.

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Today's Presidential Spotlight: James Creese

Submitted by Laurie Rizzo on September 10, 2009 - 9:00AM

James Creese (1896-1966) presided over the Drexel Institute of Technology from December 1945 to September 1963 -- Drexel's second-longest serving president.

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Banned Books Exhibition Reception in three weeks

Submitted by Laurie Rizzo on September 9, 2009 - 9:00AM

Please make plans to attend a Reception for the exhibition 'Banned Books, Banished Writers and Historic Bonfires: Tales from the Rare Book Collection.' on Wednesday September 30th from 4 to 6 p.m on the lower level of Hagerty Library.

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Today's Presidential Spotlight: George Rea

Submitted by Laurie Rizzo on September 8, 2009 - 9:00AM

George Peters Rea (1894-1978) presided over Drexel Institute of Technology from August 1, 1942, to August 31, 1944, during the worst years of World War II. Robert C. Disque (1883-1968) served as the most frequent temporary head of Drexel Institute of Technology, as the chair of interim administrative committees after the deaths of Kenneth Matheson in 1931 and Parke Kolbe in 1942, and as interim president after the resignation of George Rea in 1944. ~Shaun Kirkpatrick [caption id='attachment_423' align='alignnone' width='227' caption='George Rea']George Rea[/caption] The Past Personified: a Presidential History of Drexel, can be seen on display in the lower level of Hagerty. Join us for a reception for this exhibition on Wednesday September 23rd from 4 to 6 p.m in W.W. Hagerty Library (33rd and Market Streets) on the lower. It is open to all and includes complimentary homemade refreshments.

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Enjoy your break, Drexel Students! Come back in three weeks for the Pirate Party and Arrrchives Open House!

Submitted by Laurie Rizzo on September 4, 2009 - 9:00AM

Ahoy me matey's! Only three weeks till we weigh anchor! Argh! On Friday September 25th from 4 to 6 p.m. thar be a Pirate Party at the Arrrchives.

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Today's Presidential Spotlight: Parke Kolbe

Submitted by Laurie Rizzo on September 3, 2009 - 9:00AM

Doctor Parke Rexford Kolbe (1881-1942) served as president of Drexel Institute from 1932 until his death in February 1942, guiding the school through the Great Depression and the start of World War II.

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Reception for the Presidential Exhibition in Three Weeks!

Submitted by Laurie Rizzo on September 2, 2009 - 9:00AM

Please make plans to attend a reception for the exhibition 'The Past Personified: a Presidential History of Drexel,' currently on display in the W.W. Hagerty Library (33rd and Market Streets).

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Upcoming Events at the Archives!

Submitted by Laurie Rizzo on September 1, 2009 - 9:00AM

Mark your calendars! As always there is a lot going on at the Archives. Drexel University Archives will be hosting several events at the end of September.

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Uncovering the Archives Hidden Collections

Submitted by Laurie Rizzo on August 31, 2009 - 9:00AM

Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL) has received a grant from Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) for the PACSCL's Hidden Collections Project.

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Today's Presidential Spotlight: Hollis Godfrey

Submitted by Laurie Rizzo on August 28, 2009 - 9:00AM

Hollis Godfrey (1874-1936) served as president of the Drexel Institute of Art, Science, and Industry from December 1, 1913, to October 1, 1921, transforming it into a formal collegiate institution.

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Ellen Pyle, Drexel Alumna, the focus of New Publication and Exhibition

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on August 27, 2009 - 9:00AM

Ellen B. Thompson Pyle, who studied illustration at the Drexel Institute from 1895-99, is the subject of a new exhibition at the Delaware Art Museum.

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Today's Presidential Spotlight: James MacAlister

Submitted by Laurie Rizzo on August 25, 2009 - 9:00AM

Anthony J. Drexel and business partner George W. Childs selected Philadelphia public school superintendent James MacAlister (1840-1913) as the first president of their new Drexel Institute of Art, Science, and Industry.

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Archives closed on Wednesday evening, August 26

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on August 24, 2009 - 12:00PM

Please note that the University Archives will not be open on Wednesday evening, August 26. We'll resume our Wednesday evening hours next week, September 2, 2009, until 8 p.m.

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Come see a new exhibition in the lower level in Hagerty!

Submitted by Laurie Rizzo on August 24, 2009 - 9:00AM

Visiting Hagerty Library? A new display in the continuing series of exhibitions to highlight Drexel University's Archives and Special Collections is now up!

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New Exhibition in the Creese Student Center and Online!

Submitted by Laurie Rizzo on August 18, 2009 - 10:37AM

Please stop by the lobby of the Creese Student Center to see an exhibition titled: The Enriched Collegiate Experience: Historical Photographs of Student Clubs, Teams, Organizations, and Events.

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'The Regulars': Photography by a Drexel alumna

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on July 30, 2009 - 9:00AM

Drexel alumna Sarah Stolfa has recently published a book of her photographs of patrons of McGlinchey's tavern in Philadelphia.

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Powelton Village photographs

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on July 23, 2009 - 8:00AM

Two researchers from the Powelton Village Civic Association visited the Archives recently and found a number of interesting images of the neighborhood in our Buildings and Campus Photographs Collection.

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Miniature book reception tomorrow!

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on July 21, 2009 - 7:50AM

We hope to see you tomorrow at the 'Many Littles Make a Much' reception.

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Miniature book reception in 5 days!

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on July 17, 2009 - 8:00AM

Please make plans to attend a reception for the exhibition 'Many Littles Make a Much: A Selection of Miniature Books from Drexel University's Special Collection,' currently on display in the W.W. Hagerty Library.

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A researcher's view of the archives

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on June 26, 2009 - 10:30AM

We are always interested in hearing patrons' views of archives, so this blog post was of special interest. Elesha Coffman, a history professor at Waynesburg University, shares her four keys to effective archives work in 'The Art of the Archive.'

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Miniature Book Reception July 22, Online Exhibition now!

Submitted by Scott Ziegler on June 22, 2009 - 8:00AM

The current exhibition Many Littles Make a Much: A Selection of Miniature Books from Drexel University's Special Collection has been on display for a couple of weeks now, and has received a fair share of admiration. A reception for the show is planned for July 22. Watch this space for more details. In addition to the physical exhibition, an online version is now available. For more information about this exhibition, future exhibitions or to see miniature books, contact the archives.

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On your next trip to the Lower-Level

Submitted by Scott Ziegler on June 18, 2009 - 8:00AM

Next time you swing by the Lower Level of Hagerty Library, be sure to check out the Drexel University's Special Collection exhibition: 'Many Littles Make a Much' -- a collection of miniature books. The exhibition cases have recently been moved to make room for the periodicals, now also located in the Lower Level. The exhibition is now along the north wall. Be sure to pass by often to see new exhibitions as they happen! For more information about the Special Collection, contact the University Archives.

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No evening hours this Wednesday (June 17)

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on June 15, 2009 - 8:00AM

This week is Drexel's break between sessions, so the University Archives will close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17. We will resume our regular Wednesday evening hours next week, June 24. Hope to see you then!

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New Exhibition: Many Littles Make a Much

Submitted by Scott Ziegler on May 22, 2009 - 8:00AM

The first in a continuing series of exhibitions to highlight Drexel University's Special Collection is now up!

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Exhibitions to Showcase Special Collections

Submitted by Scott Ziegler on May 21, 2009 - 8:00AM

In an effort to let the Drexel community and the public at large learn more about the treasures in the Drexel University Special Collections, we're gearing up for a number of exhibitions.

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New exhibition: Frank H.M. Williams, Half a Century of Mathematics Education

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on May 8, 2009 - 8:00AM

A new exhibition, Frank H.M. Williams, Half a Century of Mathematics Education, is now on view on the Lower Level of Hagerty Library.

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Historic photos appear on Candid Campus

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on May 4, 2009 - 8:00AM

Regular visitors to Drexel One will notice an increase in the number of black and white images on Drexel's Candid Campus. Last week our photos of the 1897 Banjo Club and 1945 Machine Shop were featured.

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Foundations of our Special Collections: George W. Childs

Submitted by Scott Ziegler on May 1, 2009 - 1:58PM

Learn more about Drexel's collection of books donated by George W. Childs was the founder of the Philadelphia Public Ledger.

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The Foundations of our Special Collections: Anthony J. Drexel

Submitted by Scott Ziegler on April 24, 2009 - 8:00AM

(Part two of a three part series) The core of Drexel University Libraries Special Collections consists of a several gifts of rare books donated to the Drexel Institute by Anthony J. Drexel, George W. Childs and George M. Standish.

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Drexel Research Day participants: archive your research for fun and profit

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on April 23, 2009 - 3:09PM

Congratulations to all the participants in Drexel Research Day today! Learn how to archive your research in iDEA!

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Taki the Scholar

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on April 21, 2009 - 8:00AM

This week we've heard many fitting tributes to President Constantine 'Taki' Papadakis as leader of Drexel University.

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The Foundations of our Special Collections: George M. Standish

Submitted by Scott Ziegler on April 16, 2009 - 8:00AM

(Part one of a three part series) The core of Drexel University Libraries Special Collections consists of a several gifts of rare books donated to the Drexel Institute by Anthony J. Drexel, George W. Childs and George M. Standish.

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Candid Campus, circa 1894

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on April 14, 2009 - 12:29PM

Calling all football enthusiasts! Today's Candid Campus features a photograph of the 1894 Drexel Football team from the University Archives' collections. Be sure to log in to Drexel One and vote for your favorite caption, or supply your own!

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New Online Exhibition: Men's Basketball at Drexel

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on April 14, 2009 - 8:00AM

March Madness may be over, but it is always basketball season at the Drexel University Archives. Check out out new online exhibition, Men's Basketball at Drexel.

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New Online Exhibition: History of Drexel and Powelton Village

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on April 8, 2009 - 4:56PM

If you are interested in Philadelphia's history, particularly the recent history of our neighborhood here at Drexel, you will enjoy the Archives' new online exhibition, The History of Drexel and Powelton Village.

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Happy April Fools' Day!

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on April 1, 2009 - 3:17PM

If you like your humor historical and your pranks in print, then check out our online exhibition, Acute Angles: A Survey of Satire in the Triangle.

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Newman Center: first question of the spring quarter

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on March 31, 2009 - 3:50PM

 A student seeking an elevation of the Newman Center was the winner of the coveted 'first walk-in reference question of the term' contest.

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RIP Eddie Burke, Men's Basketball Coach 1977-1991

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on March 24, 2009 - 12:34PM

We were saddened to learn of the death on Monday of Eddie Burke, men's basketball coach at Drexel from 1977-1991.

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Feast of St. Katharine Drexel

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on March 3, 2009 - 2:05PM

March 3 is the Feast of St. Katharine Drexel, niece of Anthony J. Drexel.

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Happy Birthday MacIntosh!

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on January 24, 2009 - 8:00AM

Today is the 25th birthday of the Apple MacIntosh. Drexel students were among the first users of the little machine that revolutionized personal computing back in January 1984.

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Hillel at Drexel, Past and Present

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on January 15, 2009 - 12:14PM

 Meara Lebovitz of Drexel Hillel recently visited the University Archives to research the history of Jewish students at Drexel.

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University Archives will close at 3:00 pm on Wednesday 11/26

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on November 21, 2008 - 12:28PM

The University Archives will close at 3:00 pm on Wednesday 11/26 because of the Thanksgiving Holiday. Hagerty library closes at 5:00 p.m. We will resume our regular Wednesday evening hours on 12/3. Please come visit us then!

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What's in a Name? Disque Hall

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on September 8, 2008 - 8:00AM

Have you ever wondered who Disque Hall is named after?

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Photo Contest Now Online

Submitted by Rebecca Goldman on August 19, 2008 - 2:49PM

The photo contest we told you about in our last post is now online as a slideshow!

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New Drexel History Exhibit and Contest

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on July 8, 2008 - 8:00AM

The Drexel University Archives presents a new exhibit on the lower level of Hagerty Library. Focusing on development at Drexel, this exhibit features photographs of the demolition and construction that created the campus we all know today.

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Sex Variant Woman: The Life of Jeanette Howard Foster

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on June 9, 2008 - 8:00AM

The Archives just received a copy of Sex Variant Woman: The Life of Jeanette Howard Foster, by Joanne Passet. Foster taught library science at the Drexel Institute from 1937-1948 and is best known for her 1956 book, Sex variant women in literature; a historical and quantitative survey.

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The Archives is Hiring!

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on June 5, 2008 - 8:00AM

The Drexel University Archives seeks to hire a Digital Archives Technician.

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Japanese art book collection available in the Archives

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on May 19, 2008 - 8:00AM

Attention, students of Art, Japanese Studies and World History! Drexel's Japanese art book collection now ready for viewing in the Drexel University Archives!

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The Kerr Cup

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on May 12, 2008 - 8:00AM

On April 19, 2008, the Drexel University men's crew team came in 1st place at the 51st annual Kerr Cup. To commemorate his efforts and the fiftieth anniversary of the team he founded, the Drexel University archives takes a look back at Dr. Thomas Kerr.

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Week of Writing - Maya literary magazine

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on May 5, 2008 - 8:00AM

To celebrate Drexel's Week of Writing, the Drexel University Archives takes a look at the history of Maya, Drexel's long-running literary magazine.

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Special Training for Nurses at Drexel

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on April 21, 2008 - 8:00AM

In the early twentieth century Drexel participated in training for nurses.

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Student Life for Women at Drexel During the 1950's

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on April 18, 2008 - 8:00AM

The Sarah van Rensselaer Dormitory was the home of female students at Drexel for many decades. In promotional pamphlets Drexel accentuated the educational and social aspects of college life for female students.

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The Federation of Engineering Societies Fourth Annual Engineers' Day

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on April 15, 2008 - 8:00AM

The growth of the School of Engineering at Drexel is evident in a program for the Federation of Engineering Societies, Engineers' Day held at the Drexel Institute of Technology in 1952.

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'Industrial Science in Relation to Full Employment'

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on April 15, 2008 - 2:40AM

To browse the records of the Office of the President during the tenure of Dr. James Creese is to gain an understanding of the Institute's place in the world as much as it is a view to the development of the Institute itself.

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Celebrating Drexel's Diamond Jubilee

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on April 11, 2008 - 2:35AM

In 1966, Drexel celebrated its seventy-fifth anniversary with its Diamond Jubilee. The theme was 'The Responsible Man in a Free Society of Exploding Technology', which amply illustrated Drexel's history and the current goals of that time period.

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The Many Roles of the Modern Woman

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on April 7, 2008 - 8:00AM

 Ardenia Chapman wrote a memorandum to the Council of Deans on the place of women in higher education in 1960. It is a very enlightening look at how one woman viewed the position of women in society prior to the second wave of feminism in the 1960's and 1970's.

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The Business Curriculum of Drexel: The Pink Collar Track

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on April 4, 2008 - 8:00AM

During the 1950's Drexel continued to offer female students the opportunity to receive a degree in the College of Business Administration.

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If you build it . . .

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on March 31, 2008 - 10:00AM

 A little over sixty years ago, The Triangle presented this article by Edward Miller unveiling, “The New Drexel.” This was the beginning of Drexel's first master plan, often referred to in the records as the Expansion Plan.

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Dorothy R. Young: Dean of Women, Proponent of Co-Education

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on March 28, 2008 - 8:00AM

The Dean of Women in 1949 was Dorothy R. Young.

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New Archives Evening Hours

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on March 27, 2008 - 8:00AM

Want to visit the University Archives but can't get here during the day? Starting on April 1, the Archives will be open every Tuesday evening until 8:00 p.m.

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Women Engineering Students at Drexel

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on March 24, 2008 - 8:00AM

The Sarah Drexel Van Rensselaer Dormitory was not only a social home for women students at Drexel, but was also the site of academic conferences designed to assist female students in their educational studies.

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Grace Godfrey, Dean of Home Economics

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on March 21, 2008 - 8:00AM

Women during the last quarter of the nineteenth century began to develop new life paths for themselves, including teaching at Drexel University.

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Retail Studies in the Depression

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on March 17, 2008 - 8:00AM

 In 1933 Drexel applied to the state of Pennsylvania for permission to give a B.S. degree in retailing. The application was denied and the students received a degree in Commerce instead.

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Women's Health

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on March 14, 2008 - 8:00AM

In the 1920's, physical exams were required for all female students at the Drexel Institute.

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War Courses for Women

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on March 12, 2008 - 8:00AM

During the First World War the Drexel Institute was part of a nationwide patriotic movement to get women into the workforce.

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Milestones for Women at Drexel

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on March 5, 2008 - 12:00AM

In 1900, Pauline Conway became the first woman to complete Drexel's architecture program. The first student housing for women was built in 1918. Construction began on the Sarah Drexel Van Rensselaer Dormitory for Women in 1931. In 1919, Drexel awarded its first degrees to women. In 1938, Edith M. Rood became first woman editor of The Triangle. In 1943, women first enrolled in the School of Engineering. The Drexel Society of Women Engineers was founded three years later.

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March is National Women's History Month

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on March 3, 2008 - 12:00AM

Drexel University Archives will mark Women's History Month with a series of essays about women's education in the early years of the Drexel Institute.

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Check out the Drexel photos on Flickr.com

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on December 14, 2007 - 2:02PM

One of the interesting things about working in an archives is that you never know what you'll find when you open a box. We have two large boxes of photographs in the archives that have little or no information - no photographer, no names, no date. In order to find out more about the people, places and things featured in these images, we've scanned them and uploaded them to Flickr.com, one of the most popular photo sharing sites on the web.

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Welcome to the Drexel University Archives blog.

Submitted by Rob Sieczkiewicz on December 10, 2007 - 9:33AM

Welcome to the Drexel University Archives blog. This blog will feature historical photographs and other interesting documents from the Archives' collections, as well as information about the Archives. We hope it will appeal to anyone with an interest in Drexel's history.

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