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New Archival Collection Highlights Drexel’s Historic Connection to the Society of Women Engineers

Submitted on March 2, 2023 - 3:28PM

The Philadelphia Section of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) recently donated a collection of organizational records to the Drexel University Archives, which are now available for students and researchers to explore in the Archives’ reading room.

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New Online Exhibit Shines Light on Life at Drexel During COVID-19

Submitted on January 30, 2023 - 12:10PM

The new online exhibit from the Drexel University Archives features interviews with members of the Drexel community, giving people from around the world a glimpse of life at Drexel during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Time Capsule Provides Glimpse into Drexel Past

Submitted on December 7, 2022 - 4:27PM

During renovations to Kelly Hall in the winter of 2021/2022, staff from Drexel University’s Real Estate and Facilities unearthed an interesting object behind the building’s cornerstone: a time capsule.

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Q&A with Hanna Pistorius, Drexel University Archives’ Archival Metadata Assistant

Submitted on August 26, 2022 - 9:19AM

Meet Hanna Pistorius (they/them), the Drexel University Archives' spring/summer 2022 co-op student, in this new interview.

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Share Your COVID-19 Stories

Submitted on May 6, 2020 - 1:58PM

The Drexel University Archives is working on a new project to document the University's responses to COVID-19, and we want to hear from you! Send us your unique accounts of the pandemic through writing, photographs, videos, audio recordings, or other creative means.

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

Submitted 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 on October 10, 2014 - 8:17PM

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

Submitted 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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