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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UR 3.16 Day College advertising scrapbook, 1923-1926, 1 volume



Biographical reference collection, 1930-2005

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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

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UR 1.10 Richard D. Breslin administration records, 1966-1996, 57 cubic feet



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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 UR 1.8 W. W. Hagerty administration records, 1934-1994



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

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



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