The main entrance to the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center is now open. Van Pelt Library and the Fisher Fine Arts Library are currently open to Penn Card holders, Penn affiliates, and certain visitors. See our Service Alerts for details.

The University Archives strives to ensure the timeless preservation of historically significant documents and other materials that reflect the University's origins and development and the activities and achievements of its officers, staff, faculty, students, alumni, and benefactors.

Featured Content

Britton Chance with spectroscopy equipment, c. 1970


Finding aids provide details on each collection and a listing of each item’s physical location in the Archives, while subject guides group finding aids related to a specific significant topic or event together for easier access.

University of Pennsylvania Glee Club bus, 1972

Penn History Exhibits

View online exhibits covering a variety of topics related to Penn History, and biographies of notable Penn faculty and alumni.

Towne School Class of 1887 in a mechanical classroom

Digitized Resources

Here you'll find primary sources, including documents, photographs, and videos, digitized from the University Archives' collections.

Chess tournament in Houston Hall on March 21, 1908

Digital Image Collection

Database of over 8000 images found in the collections of the University Archives and Records Center


Affiliated Staff

Location and Accessibility


The main entrance, at 3401 Market Street, is accessible.

Accessible Entrance

Detail map of 34th and Chestut Streets: Accessible entrance to the University Archives and Records Center

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