University Archives Classification System

Access to collections is determined by the Protocols for the University Archives and Records Center.

Classification system overview:

All numbers assigned to material in Archives commence with UP:

  • UPA through UPK inclusive are reserved for material strictly archival in nature.
  • UPL through UPO inclusive are reserved for publications.
  • UPP through UPZ inclusive are reserved for auxiliary material, properly belonging in the Archives, but not archival material in the narrower sense.

Plan initiated 29 September 1948
Last Revised: September 2001


More specific information about this classification system and the holdings of the University Archives:

How to read, search and print PDF files

Cover of George E. Nitzsche's 1918 book on the University of Pennsylvania


Collections overview

Collection guides online

Classification system for a detailed listing as well as the organization of collections

OCLC WorldCat and the University Library's on-line catalog Franklin include all collections and printed materials processed after 1986

Guide to the Archives General Collection, 1740-1820, includes all collections from the University's first decades