It’s fascinating to see a University change as the world around it changes, and the public will soon be able to navigate Penn’s transformation through the pages of The Daily Pennsylvanian—from anywhere in the world. On Monday, January 25th, the Penn Libraries launched the first edition of the ongoing project, The Daily Pennsylvanian Digital Archives, a collection of thirty years worth of digitized, searchable issues of the newspaper. The project was spearheaded by David McKnight and Jessica Dummer of the Penn Libraries Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts and follows Penn’s history told through the eyes of its students, creating a unique lens for students and scholars to study Penn’s rich history.
In addition to its scholarly value this archive holds particular interest for the Penn alumni community offering them a new, dynamic way to relive their Penn experiences. This desire to provide a fresh reconnection with Penn spurred Penn Libraries Overseer Edward P. Mally, W’83 and his wife Julia Lang Mally, W’83 to generously donate the seed money for this extensive project. Inspired by the idea of rediscovering Penn through The Daily Pennsylvanian this initial gift was followed by donations from Eric D. Brotman, C’94 and the Class of 1979. Brotman counts the memories he has from working on The Daily Pennsylvanian among the best of his entire career and feels that the archive is “like discovering a long-lost diary of (his) time on campus.”
At this time, the Libraries are pleased to provide access to a 30-year portion of the project on The Daily Pennsylvanian Digital Archives website but they are still seeking funding to make a full virtual facsimile of The Daily Pennsylvanian available. If you are interested in learning more about how you can help make all 24,700 issues available online, please contact Allison Chiacchiere at the Penn Libraries’ Advancement Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy the archive at this address: http://dparchives.library.upenn.edu/ !
About the Penn Libraries
The Penn Libraries serve the world-class faculty and students of Penn’s 12 schools. The Libraries’ collections comprise more than 7 million volumes, over 100,000 journals, some 2 million digitized images, and extraordinary rare and unique materials that document the intellectual and cultural experience of ancient and modern civilizations. Through our collaborative relationships, we supplement Penn’s great local collections with physical access to the Center for Research Libraries (approximately 5 million items), the combined holdings of the Ivies (more than 70 million volumes), and exclusive electronic access to some 2 million public domain titles in the HathiTrust. Today, the Libraries play an instrumental role in developing new technologies for information discovery and dissemination and are noted for groundbreaking work in digital library design. To learn more about the Penn Libraries, visit http://www.library.upenn.edu.