Frequently Asked Questions
Please contact us to request a book. Normally, books are available by the next business day after we receive your request and may be used only in the archives.
Some books located in archives offsite storage are also available from library offsite storage (listed as Off-site Storage under Location in the library catalog). These copies do not need to be used in the archives. To request a book from library offsite storage, use the Request This Item button at the top of the catalog page.
iDEA is a centralized virtual space to access unique digital resources produced by the Drexel community. Administered by the Drexel Libraries, iDEA is committed to providing permanent open access to the digital works of Drexel University. Examples of works in iDEA include theses and dissertations, presentations, and course projects. If you have questions or would like to submit material to iDEA, please contact us.
The Archives is located in the lower level of Hagerty Library. Our full address is:
Drexel University Archives and Special Collections
W. W. Hagerty Library, Lower Level
33rd and Market Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19104
The Society of American Archivists defines a finding aid as a "description of records that gives the repository physical and intellectual control over the materials and that assists users to gain access to and understand the materials." Here are the basic parts of a finding aid:
- a description of the records in a collection, or scope and content note
- a brief biography or history of the person or group of people who created the records
- a list of the records in the collection, or inventory
The scope and content note and the historical note help you, the researcher, more fully understand the context in which the records were created. The inventory (usually a list of folders, sometimes of boxes or even individual items) helps the user to determine whether or not a particular item or piece of information is likely to appear in the collection. Many of the collections in the University Archives are described by finding aids, which are searchable through the Collections search on our home page. If you have any questions about using finding aids, don't hesitate to ask us!