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Provost Reports

At the University of Pennsylvania, the Provost was the chief executive of the institution until 1930, when Penn established of the Office of the President.  In the final two decades of the nineteenth century and the first decade of the twentieth, the Penn’s Provosts published their annual reports.  The collections of the University Archives include these reports, which extended for a period of twenty-five years, from 1882 through 1907.  The reports provide detailed descriptions of the University’s major activities and ongoing changes.  They include full discussions of the faculty, the educational program, and campus development.  They also include the annual reports of the deans of the several schools of the University, along with bibliographies of faculty publications during the reporting year.  Some reports also include a summary financial report by the Treasurer.

A growing selection of these reports are available on-line, in their entirety, in PDF (Portable Document File) format. View, search within and print these PDF files with Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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Provost Reports available on line:

1901 cover

Twentieth Century

1882 cover

Nineteenth Century






Other early University publications available online:

University Catalogs, available from 1825

Penn Gazette, begun 1902


Student publications available online:

The Record, student yearbook begun 1863

The Women's Record, student yearbook begun 1913

University Magazine, begun 1875


More primary sources online


Penn in the 19th century

Penn in the 20th century