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Print at Penn  is the online repository for digitized facsimiles of materials from the University of Pennsylvania Libraries' print collections. The site includes bibliographic information for each digitized work as well as faceted and keyword searches across and within collections. Among the facets are those which allow users to limit their queries to a specific collection or to a specific location within the Penn Libraries system. This functionality will allow users to discover materials more quickly and easily.
Penn holds enormous print resources dating from the fifteenth through the twenty-first century and, over time, will engage in projects to digitize important parts of the collection.

The Fairman Rogers Collection

This digital collection has been made possible through a grant from the Laurie Landeau Foundation.
The Fairman Rogers Collection at the University of Pennsylvania consists of over 1,000 titles, many of which come from the personal library of Fairman Rogers (1833-1900). A Penn alumnus (AB 1853, AM 1856), he was a co-founder of the School of Veterinary Medicine, a professor of civil engineering (1855-1871) at Penn, and an internationally recognized horseman. The collection was started with a major gift from Rogers and grew substantially over the past hundred years through the generosity of many donors. The books range from the sixteenth through the mid-twentieth century, with the greatest number published in the nineteenth century. The collection reveals Rogers' own varied interest in horses. More...

World War I Pamphlet Collection

The World War I Pamphlet Collection at the University of Pennsylvania consists of just over 400 titles drawn from the general stacks at Van Pelt library. These pamphlets, many of them brittle and no longer fit for circulation, all deal with the First World War, its origins or aftermath. Out of this collection, more than 200 have been digitized and are made available here in Print at Penn. The remaining titles can be accessed digitally through the Hathi Trust. Published in nine languages, the selection of pamphlets includes political tracts, government publications, fund-raising brochures, and periodicals. Many of these items were given to the University of Pennsylvania Library by the Philadelphia attorney and politician James Montgomery Beck (1861-1936) who wrote and spoke often about the conflict. Given their rarity and ephemeral nature, the majority of items available in facsimile here are not available online in any other venue.

Japanese Juvenile Fiction Collection

For many years, a faded assortment of colorfully-bound but unassuming Japanese books sat relatively undisturbed in Penn's East Asia stacks, perhaps examined once or twice, but almost never circulating. Yet this collection of late Meiji and early Taishō period juvenile fiction held at the Libraries is a snapshot of early 20th century Japanese publishing history. These small books (roughly 12.75 cm high by 9.25 cm wide) largely contain tales of bravery and adventure: reimagined samurai swashbucklers, ninja-turned-heroes, fantastic journeys, and wars of glory. The romanticized bygone days of the post-medieval Edo period (1600-1868) provided a wealth of material for young urban readers. The Penn Libraries' holdings of these pocket books span a few series, none of which are completely owned, but many belong to the Tatsukawa bunko series published in Osaka. Many more pocket fiction titles similar to Tatsukawa bunko existed, however, and Penn's collection includes samples of these as well. Some of these materials may not exist anywhere else in the world, and are extremely unlikely to be reprinted. The Penn Libraries' digitized collection of this fiction thus represents a valuable contribution to the scholarly community, in the form of digital facsimiles of the entire novels made freely accessible at Print at Penn.