NOTE: Some of these policies may have temporarily changed. Please consult Special Procedures for Spring 2022.
Basic research requests may be submitted by e-mail or by visiting the University Archives. University Archives staff can answer simple research requests that can be handled in less than a half an hour by email; for more extended research, the researcher should arrange a visit to the University Archives. Requests are handled in the order in which they are received.
- All research begins with the finding aids to the collections. Most of these guides are available and searchable online.
- Genealogical requests are referred to the Alumni Records Collections, Master Alumni File, and university yearbooks.
- Consult the University Archives Service and Fee Schedule for information about photocopying, research services, and the electronic reproduction of images.
- Policies governing access to collections are explained in the Protocols for the University Archives and Records Center.
- Regulations cover the use, quotation and publishing of material from the University Archives collections
Visiting the Archives
Learn how to visit the Archives to conduct research on topics relating to the University of Pennsylvania's history.
Guidelines for Using Materials
The historical collections of the Archives are open for research to all members of the University community, visiting scholars, and the scholarly public.
Services and Fees
The Archives' services include research services, photocopying and electronic reproduction, and permission for publication. Find out about procedures and fees.
The Archives holds biographical folders on most deceased alumni of the University, as well as a complete run of undergraduate yearbooks from 1872 to the present.
Professors and teachers in higher education and in secondary schools are encouraged to use the collections of the Archives to enrich the educational experience of their students through class visits and research assignments.