By the Numbers: University Archives

The University Archives, at 3401 Market St., is the place to learn about Penn history and conduct research using primary source materials related to the University.

The University Archives, at 3401 Market St., is the place to learn about Penn history and conduct research using primary source materials related to the University. It is Penn’s official permanent repository for historically significant documents and other materials that reflect the University’s origins, as well as the development, activities, and achievements of its officers, staff, faculty, students, alumni, and benefactors.

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University Archives holdings encompass the history of Penn and prominent people associated with the University, as well as the history of institutions of higher learning in the United States, American intellectual life, and the Philadelphia community.

In this edition of By The Numbers, we uncover Penn history through the University Archives.

1945Year in which the University Archives was founded.
14,000Cubic feet of paper archives and manuscripts housed in the Archives.
35,000Number of images, photographs, drawings, prints, and other visual materials kept in the Archives.
25,000-plusNumber of volumes related to Penn history onsite that researchers can consult. There are also 450 current and retrospective titles.
400-plusNumber of illustrated biographies of Penn notables located on the Archives website, including W.E.B. Du Bois (pictured) and Benjamin West.
70-plusNumber of extensive online exhibits in the Archives relating to Penn history from 1749 to the present.
5,700-plusNumber of images in the University Archives Digital Image Collection.

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