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Katz Center for Judaic  Studies

Archives of the Library at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

The Library at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies (CAJSL) supports advanced research and scholarship in Judaic and Jewish Studies. CAJSL holdings cover Biblical and rabbinical literature, Jewish history and thought, and Judaic Americana. There are more than 8,000 rare and unique artifacts, including Hebrew incunabula, early printed works, medieval codices, papyri, scrolls, archival collections, and over 500 Cairo Genizah fragments.
The Library's archive holds the institutional records of Dropsie College, its faculty, students, and library, the professional papers of some of its faculty, and the personal papers of over fifty Jewish American scholars and community leaders who lived in Philadelphia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Among them are the papers of Isaac Leeser, Sabato Morais, Mayer Sulzberger, Moses Aaron Dropsie and Cyrus Adler. There are two significant Yiddish archival collections - the papers of B. Z. Goldberg and of Elias Schulman - as well as a number of valuable multi-media resources, including the Harvard Sheldon Jewish American Research Library and the recently acquired Lenkin Family Collection of Photography, which contains over 4,000 original 19th century photographs of the Holy Land and Middle East.
An expanded list of CAJSL finding aids and additional archival collections, including many not yet found on this site, is available at this web address:
Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing

Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing

The Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing at Penn Nursing is the largest repository for primary source materials and rare books about the history of nursing in the world. The Center was founded in 1985 with the mission to ensure the production of historical knowledge, research, and scholarship on nursing, history, and healthcare.
The Bates Center holds and extensive collection totaling nearly 2,000 linear feet of materials from 19th to 21st century hospital based nursing schools, visiting nurse societies and the personal papers of nursing leaders. The Center also serves as home to substantial special collections of over 3,000 rare books, glass slides, photographs, audio tapes, and films and a smaller amount of artifact holdings,
Biddle Law Library

Biddle Law Library Archives

The Archives of Biddle Law Library preserves, promotes, and provides access to the the papers and records of three major legal organizations: The American Law Institute (ALI), the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL), and the National Bankruptcy Archives. The archives also houses a number of smaller collections, including the personal papers of early Penn Law Dean and ALI co- founder William Draper Lewis, Penn Law graduate and Philadelphia lawyer Bernard G. Segal, and United States Court of Appeals Judge David L. Bazelon. A collection of records from the law school includes the notes of various 19th century professors and students, minutes of the Alumni Society, and photographs. Paper and electronic finding aids are available online and by request.
For more information, contact the Biddle Law Library Archives.
Museum Library

Penn Museum Archives

The Penn Museum Archives is the institutional repository of the Penn Museum and the work of its archaeologists and anthropologists. Our collections include 2,500 feet of records; these records document the Museum's archaeological expeditions to every inhabited continent, the history of the Penn Museum, and the history of the practices of archaeology and anthropology. Further, we hold three-quarters of a million images and nearly one thousand reels of film. Please visit our webpage to learn more about our exceptional collections.
Rare Book &  Manuscript Library

Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts: Rare Book & Manuscript Library

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library holds over 11,000 linear feet of manuscripts dating from 1000 A.D. to the present. The vast majority pertain to modern manuscript collections documenting American literary history, the performing and visual arts in the greater Philadelphia area, the history of science, American history, the history of India under British rule, and modern European history and culture in general. The collection also contains over 2000 Western codices produced before the nineteenth century; nearly 3,000 Indic manuscripts, the largest collection in the Western hemisphere; and approximately 200 items documenting the native languages of Mexico and Central America.
Bibliographic information for cataloged material is available through Penn's online catalog, Franklin. In addition, digital facsimiles for approximately 800 medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, can be found at Finding aids for some of the modern manuscript collections are available online through this site.
For more information, contact Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
University Archives & Records Center

University Archives & Records Center

The University Archives & Records Center The University Archives and Records Center (UARC) serves the University community as a center for research, teaching and learning as well as center for the storage and management of inactive University records. The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania established the University Archives and Records Center in 1945 and approved records management programs in 1954 and 1990. UARC's collections include a broad range of historically significant materials from the first paper records created by the Trustees in 1749 to the millions of electronic records of the present. These materials document the University's corporate or organizational origin and development as well as the many activities and achievements of its officers, staff, faculty, students, alumni, and benefactors. UARC's collections policies also extend beyond the institution itself and embrace the history of prominent persons associated with the University; the history of institutions of higher learning in the United States; the history of American intellectual life generally; and the history of the Philadelphia community in which the University lives. The collections consist of more than 14,000 cubic feet of records in many different formats, including visual archives and three-dimensional memorabilia.
An expanded list of finding aids and additional archival collections, including many not yet found on this site, is available at this web address: