Drexel University Archives

The Drexel University Archives collects, preserves, and shares the history of Drexel University, including records from administrative offices, academic departments, student groups, and the professional and personal papers of faculty, staff, and alumni/ae, as well as records about Anthony J. Drexel and his family. 

The Archives stewards institutional records and other physical and digital documents of enduring value related to the University’s history. This evidence supports scholarship, teaching, and life-long learning by Drexel faculty, students, staff, alumni/ae, and members of the public.

The University Archives has a substantial, though by no means comprehensive, amount of material created by family members. Coverage across the date ranges below is uneven, and there are sometimes significant gapsMaterial created by various members of the Drexel family includes:  

  • Clippings, scrapbooks, photographs, objects, and ephemera, the bulk of which date from 1880-1950 
  • Letters, diaries, and memoirs, 1820s-1970s 
  • Legal and financial records, including estate and residence inventories, 1830s-1970s 
  • Ledgers, scrapbooks, and ephemera relating to the Drexel & Co. corporation from 1872-1979 
  • Ledgers and other account books for the Anthony J. Drexel estate and trusts, 1893-1976 
  • Photograph albums documenting travel aboard George W. Childs Drexel’s yacht the Alcedo from 1905-1914, as well as travel manuscripts and logs by Francis M. Drexel and others 
  • Family genealogy and 1991 reunion documentation 
  • Essays about the family and university from the 20th century 


Drexel University Archives