Finding Aid

University Scrapbook Collection

UPS 2 U58

Access to collections is granted in accordance with the Protocols for the University Archives and Records Center.

Summary Information

Prepared by
J.M. Duffin
Preparation date
July 2006
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1885-1915
Date [inclusive]
1882-1931
Extent
6.0 Cubic feet

PROVENANCE

Transferred from the University Library in the late 1940s with the Memorial Library of Publications of the University of Pennsylvania and Her Sons. A few scrapbooks were found in the University Archives collections with uncertain provenance in 1979 and 1981.

ARRANGEMENT

The University Scrapbook Collection is organized in one series by name of subject content, arranged by order of precedence – the general University scrapbooks coming first and the discrete subject scrapbooks second which are arranged alphabetically by topic.

HISTORICAL NOTE

The majority of the University Scrapbook Collection was created by George E. Nietzsche at the beginning of the twentieth century in his capacity as Publicity Agent and later Recorder of the University of Pennsylvania. Nietzsche became the head of the Bureau of Publicity in 1904 and was created Recorder in 1912, a position he held into the 1940s. The scrapbooks that Nietzsche assembled eventually became part of the Memorial Library of Publications of the University of Pennsylvania and Her Sons which was established in 1907 which later formed a core portion to the University Archives in 1945.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The University Scrapbook Collections documents the publicity and public face of the University from the later nineteenth to early twentieth centuries. The scrapbooks consist primarily of newspaper and magazine clippings. Almost all aspects of University life are found in the collection from descriptions of important official events, such as commencements and building dedications, to informal student activities, such as dramatic and debate clubs as well as spontaneous student outbursts, such as class fights. Some important specific topics include publicity regarding the Scott Nearing case regarding academic freedom at the Wharton School. The School of Medicine scrapbook for 1902 to 1909 includes clippings relating to general medical and hospital topics in Philadelphia.

Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
Mask and Wig Club.
University of Pennsylvania. School of Medicine.
University of Pennsylvania. — General subdivision–Sports.;
University of Pennsylvania. University Museum.
Wharton School.
Personal Name(s)
Nearing, Scott,, 1883-1983.
Subject(s)
College buildings–Pennsylvania–Philadelphia.
College theater–Pennsylvania–Philadelphia.

Inventory

 

General University topics 

Box

Folder

 1882-1899 

 1

 

 1885-1886 

 1

 

 1888-1889 

 1

 

 1891-1892 

 2

 

 1892 

 3

 

 1892 

 3

 

No. I July 1894-March 1895 

 4

 

No. II March 1895-November 1895 

 4

 

No. III November 1895-March 1896 

 5

 

23 March 1896-7 November 1896, (includes partial index) 1896 

 6

 

7 November 1896-March 1897, (includes partial index) 1896-1897 

 7

 

 1897 

 8

 

 1897 

 8

 

 1901 

 9

 

June 1901-July 1905, (includes index) 1901-1905 

 10

 

 

Athletics 

Box

Folder

 1891-1892 

 10

 

 1892 

 10

 

 

Bibliographical 

Box

Folder

 1901-1905 

 11

 

 

College 

Box

Folder

 1901-1905 

 11

 

 

Debates 

Box

Folder

 1901-1905 

 12

 

 

Drama 

Box

Folder

 1902-1905 

 12

 

“The Iphigenia in Tauris” and “The Trojan Women of Euripides” April 1915-June 1915 

 13

 

 

Faculty research and University Museum 

Box

Folder

 1897 

 13

 

 

Law School 

Box

Folder

 1897-1900 

 14

 

 

Religious topics 

Box

Folder

Includes partial index October 1901-April 1905 

 14

 

 

School of Medicine 

Box

Folder

 1893-1902 

 15

 

Medical School, Hospital of the University, Philadelphia medical news November 1902-September 1909 

 16

 

New medical laboratories May 1904-June 1904 

 17

 

 

Scott Nearing case 

Box

Folder

 1914-1915 

 16

 

 

Societies and clubs 

Box

Folder

 1901-1905 

 18

 

 

Wharton School 

Box

Folder

December 1889-June 1894, 1912, 1931, (Includes “Recollections of Early Days of the Wharton School by Roland P. Falkner, April 30, 1931”) 1889-1894 

 19

 

 1904-1906 

 19