Diversity at the University of Pennsylvania
Significant Figures

Prepared by Melanie Xu, Summer Research Fellow and University of Pennsylvania undergraduate
July 2017

Access to collections is granted in accordance with the Protocols for the University Archives and Records Center.

Claire Fagin Papers, UPA 4 Fagin
Closed to researchers until 2019

Fagin was the first woman to become president of the University of Pennsylvania, serving as the interim president from 1993 to 1994. She was also instrumental in the development of the Penn nursing program. These papers are not open until 2019.


Atmore and Yasukawa-Matsumoto Family Papers, UPT 50 A881

This collection consists of correspondence between two families, one from Japan and one from Philadelphia, in the late 19th/early 20th century. This collection consists primarily of letters between the two families, as well as family history and background documents.


Helen Octavia Dickens Papers, UPT 50 D548

The first board-certified black ob-gyn in Philadelphia, Dickens was a faculty member in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a practicing physician. In terms of diversity, she also served as the Associate Dean of Minority Admissions at Penn. Her papers cover both her work in medicine and in Minority Affairs. The former is documented through articles, grant proposals, notes, and correspondence; the latter is documented in minutes and reports.


Raymond P. Alexander Papers, UPT 50 A374R

A graduate of Wharton, Alexander was a defense attorney in many civil cases involving racial discrimination and/or segregation. He was married to lawyer and fellow Penn alum, Sadie Tanner Mossell. This collection consists of personal and professional correspondence, legal organization/action, government service, publications, and more.

See also: Office of the President Records (UPA 4) Box 232, FF 19


Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Papers, UPT 50 A374S

The first black woman in the United States to earn a PhD, and later also the first to be admitted to the Pennsylvania bar, Alexander served as a member of numerous boards and committees, including Truman's Committee on Human Rights. A prominent lawyer in Philadelphia, Alexander left behind a breadth of records throughout her personal and professional life.

See also: Office of the President Records (UPA 4) Box 18, FF 12; Box 234, FF 26-28


Robert F. Engs Papers, UPT 50 E57

A faculty member in the history department, Engs served as the Director for Minority Faculty recruitment and played a large role in increasing the presence of minorities in Penn's faculty and study body. This collection consists of mostly papers from Engs's professional and academic life – it includes his work as a student, his teaching and writing as part of the history department, and projects he undertook.


Elizabeth F. Flower Papers, UPT 50 F644

Flower was a prominent faculty member in the Philosophy department, known best for her publication, History of Philosophy in America. This collection contains her publications, research, and manuscripts, as well as personal papers and correspondence, photographs, and audiotapes of her research.


Laura Ruth Murray Klein Papers, UPT 50 K641

As an educator and pioneer in women's education, Klein served as the principal of the Philadelphia High School for girls from 1963 to 1976, where she developed and implement new programs to increase opportunities for girls. As a graduate of Penn, Klein served on various alumni associations, in addition to being the president of the American Association of University Women. Her records primarily document her involvement with Phi Beta Kappa honor society, although that represents but a small fraction of her life's work.


Ruth Branning Molloy Collection, UPT 50 M726

Molloy was one of the founders of the University City Historical Society, as well a poet and writer for publications such as the Saturday Evening Post, the Pennsylvania Gazette, and more. This collection documents Molloy's life in West Philadelphia in the form of scrapbooks, correspondence, poetry, essays, and other materials.


Mudd Family Papers (Dr. Emily Hartshorne Mudd), UPT 50 M726

Dr. Emily Mudd was a sociologist and Professor of Family Study in the Department of Psychiatry, whose achievements include founding and directing the Marriage Council of Philadelphia, serving as the consulting editor of the Kinsey Report on the Human Female, and playing an instrumental role in establishing the Philadelphia branch of Planned Parenthood. Her papers consist largely of her publications of the sociology of gender and women.


Rosemary A.W. Stevens Papers, UPT 50 S845

The first woman to serve as the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Stevens is known for her research on the field of medicine in the US and UK. Her work includes comparative studies of British medicine, as well as research on medical welfare in the United States. This collection is comprised of four sections: specialization and national medicine in the UK, medicine in the US, her work on the health service in Tanganyika, and other academic writings.


Dorothy Swaine Thomas Papers, UPT 50 T455

Faculty at the Wharton School, Thomas is known for her work on population studies, sociology, and economic growth. Her papers include her studies of migration in Norway and Sweden, population growth and distribution, and more.


Michelle E. Tucker Papers, UPT 50 T893

As a member of the class of 2000, Tucker's papers represent the extracurricular opportunities available at the University. Her documents especially provide insight into her involvement with Penn Hillel.