Answered By: Van Pelt Librarian
Last Updated: Aug 28, 2015     Views: 43

There are a number of sources you can use to learn about Penn's history, including:

  • The Daily Pennsylvanian, Penn's student newspaper

Penn Libraries has digitized back issues of the Daily Pennsylvanian (1906-2002). To search the archive, do a Google search for your keywords, and then add to the end: site: For example: Commencement site:

Daily Pennsylvanian articles from 2001- present are available through the DP website. You can search for specific dates, headlines, writers, and more with the advanced search option.

  • The University Archives

The University Archives contains a wealth of primary source materials related to the history of the university. They've compiled a History of the University of Pennsylvania page that includes links to online exhibits, biographical information, and other materials. 


  • The University of Pennsylvania Almanac, the journal of record, opinion, and news

The Almanac is a weekly publication primarily for staff and faculty at Penn. The Almanac contains calendars, policy statements, obituaries, position changes, speech transcripts, special reports, and other news articles. Back issues have been digitized from 1954 to the present. An important repository of Penn's institutional knowledge throughout the 20th century.


  • Print and online materials in the Penn Libraries collections

You can also search within the University of Pennsylvania subject heading in Franklin, the library catalog, to find materials located at the University Archives, Van Pelt, the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and elsewhere in the Penn Libraries.

The University of Pennsylvania Index is a card catalog located at Van Pelt with indexing for older Penn publications. 

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