University Records

Board of Trustees and Executive Committee records, 1891-2005


The Board of Trustees of the Drexel Institute was established in 1891 with the school's founder, Anthony J. Drexel, as its president and his business partner, George W. Childs, as vice president. The institute was also governed by a separate Board of Managers, which merged with the existing board into a twenty-four member Board of Trustees when Drexel was incorporated in 1894. The Executive Committee was formed at the time of incorporation as a six-person standing committee entrusted with "the general charge and supervision of all the business of the institute." This collection consists chiefly of the minutes of meetings of the Board of Trustees, the Board of Managers, and the Executive Committee from 1891 to 1995. It also contains reports and correspondence of the secretary of the board from 1896-1915, trustees' and executive committee "board books" from 1985-1989 and 2000-2005, and a small set of administrative records, chiefly from the 1980s.


Day College advertising scrapbook, 1923-1926

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This scrapbook contains advertisements for the Drexel Institute of Art, Science, and Industry ranging from the spring of 1923 to December 1925. It has copies of gender-specific letters sent to high schools and colleges from across the region and country advertising the library science and home economics programs as well as the cooperative program for engineering and business. This scrapbook also contains newspaper clippings pertaining to commencement ceremonies and Drexel Institute’s endowment drive, alumni bulletins and bound department bulletins during this time-span. The scrapbook is annotated with detailed notes of schools and colleges that received letters from Drexel Institute.


Biographical reference collection, 1930-2005

added on Fri, 03/27/2009 - 12:27

UR 10.2 Biographical reference collection, circa 1930-2005; bulk dates 1965-1990,  11 linear ft.



Drexel University Bulletin, 1924-1957, 1977-1981


The Drexel University Bulletin (also known as the Drexel Institute of Technology Bulletin) was a promotional publication used as a student recruitment tool. Specific issues of the Bulletin provided details of programs at Drexel; particular issues were dedicated to cooperative education, engineering, library science, home economics, and science. Other issues were used to recruit female students. Drexel occasionally used the Bulletin to publish its annual reports and lists of alumni. The collection consists of Bulletin issues from 1924 to 1957 and 1977 to 1981.


Office of the President records, 1950-1989

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Four presidents of Drexel University are represented in the collection: James Creese (1896-1966, president 1945-1963), William Walsh Hagerty (1916-1986, president 1963-1984), William Samuel Gaither (b. 1932, president 1984-1987), and Richard Breslin (b. 1937 or 1938, president 1988-1994). The collection consists of subject files, reports, and other materials compiled by the staff of the Office of the President between 1950 and 1989.


Richard Breslin administration records, 1973-1995


Richard David Breslin (b. 1937 or 1938), Drexel's tenth president, began his academic career in 1968 at Villanova University, where he became dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 1972. He later became vice president for academic affairs at Iona College and president of the University of Charleston in West Virginia. Dr. Breslin served as president of Drexel from 1988 to 1994. The collection consists of a chronological record of Dr. Breslin's outgoing correspondence; subject files on administrative topics, organizations, events, and Drexel colleges and offices; and material relating to Dr. Breslin's inauguration as president. Included with the collection are a set of minutes of Board of Trustees meetings from 1973 to 1987 and 1989 to 1991.


William S. Gaither administration records, 1981-1987

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UR 1.9 William S. Gaither administration records, 1981-1987, 10 cubic feet



W. W. Hagerty administration records, 1944-1987

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Drexel’s eighth president, William Walsh Hagerty (1916-1986), served from 1963 to 1984. Trained as an engineer, Dr. Hagerty served as an adviser to NASA and a board member of the National Science Foundation and was appointed by President Lyndon Johnson to the board of the Communications Satellite Corporation (COMSAT). The collection consists primarily of two sets of subject files: one that includes mostly papers that Dr. Hagerty inherited from the previous president, James Creese, and one created by Dr. Hagerty and his staff. The collection also includes the outgoing correspondence of Dr. Hagerty and his staff, several of Dr. Hagerty's speeches, and some reports submitted to Dr. Hagerty from leaders of the colleges and divisions of Drexel University.


James Creese administration records, 1945-1963

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UR 1.7 James Creese administration records, 1945-1963, 19.33 cubic feet

James Creese (1896-1966) served as president of the Drexel Institute of Technology from 1945 to 1963. He presided over unprecedented growth in the department of engineering and was known as an outspoken opponent of the loyalty oaths instituted during the 1950s. This collection consists of subject files compiled by President Creese on individuals associated with Drexel University, academic departments and administrative committees, national committees or organizations, and subjects or issues of interest.



Office of the President records, 1913-1954

added on Fri, 03/27/2009 - 11:44

UR 1.5 Office of the President records, 1913-1954, 9 cubic feet



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