It's the beginning of a new academic year, and what better way to start than with an announcement of Special Collections & Archives' newest online collections! Over the summer, we completed a mass digitization project: a variety of historic West Chester University materials were scanned using University Performance funding in conjunction with a special grant from the Sloane Foundation to Lyrasis. All of the materials are now available through the Internet Archive.
For this project, we were able to digitize three distinct types of materials; yearbooks, course catalogs, and University histories. All of the items are fully and freely available, searchable, downloadable for anyone with an internet connection. You can see more information and links on our Special Collections & Archives page. You can also click on any of the links below if you'd like to browse.
Course Catalogs: All undergraduate and graduate course catalogs from 1871-2008 are available. These volumes provide useful and often fascinating information about courses offered and overall student life at West Chester over the years.
University Histories: Two histories of the university written by Russell L. Sturzebecker are also available. These provide an historical overview that is, of course, full text searchable.
These newly digitized resources will provide invaluable access to information on WCU history, as well as helping to preserve these sometimes fragile items. We certainly hope you'll take a minute to explore and enjoy! Please contact Jamie Kohler at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments!