Collection Guides Overview

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

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Subjects University history and prominent persons associated with the University, history of institutions of higher learning in the United States, American intellectual life, and the Philadelphia community in which the University lives.
Holdings More than 2500 volumes; 14,000 cubic feet of archives and manuscripts; 35,000 photographs, drawings, prints, paintings, and other visual materials; 150 cubic feet of University decorative arts and memorabilia; 450 current and retrospective titles.
Access The University Archives is open to the University community and the scholarly public. Collections may contain restricted records not open to research. Access is granted in accordance with the Protocols for the University Archives and Records Center.
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