UR.04.002 Evening College records, Bulk, 1935-1988

Evening College records 1938-1988UR.04.002

Summary Information

Evening College records
Drexel Institute of Technology. Evening College.
Riddle, Kenneth
Inclusive Dates
30.3 Linear feet
31 containers
The Drexel Evening College was founded in 1891, as the Department of Lectures and Evening Classes within the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry, and held its first classes in 1892. A program of study geared towards working adults, it offered courses in drawing, decorative painting, modeling, woodcarving, stained glass, mathematics, bookkeeping, stenography and typewriting, chemistry, physics, shop work in wood and iron, cookery, dressmaking, millinery, physical culture, economics, English and architecture. Since its inception, the Evening College has undergone significant academic, administrative and physical transformations, adapting to accommodate an ever changing student body as well as administrative and academic agendas. This collection documents those changes as well as the more general administrative, academic, and social activities of the College from 1921 to 1993. Materials in this collection include administrative records, reports, curriculum materials, faculty records, newsletters, press and publicity records, student records, records documenting College events, and photographs.
Call Number
Language of Materials note
The materials are in English.
Finding Aid Prepared By
Finding aid prepared by Laurie Rizzo and Eric Rosenzweig (2009)
W. W. Hagerty Library 3300 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 215.895.6706 archives@drexel.edu

Preferred Citation

Evening College records, 1935-1988, Drexel University Archives.

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Access and Use

Acquisition Information

Transferred to archives by Kathy Woodford, Associate Director of Operations for Goodwin College.

Preferred Citation

Evening College records, 1935-1988, Drexel University Archives.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Drexel Institute of Art, Science, and Industry. Evening College.
  • Drexel Institute of Technology. Evening College.
  • Drexel University. Evening College.


  • Administrative records
  • Annual reports
  • Brochures
  • Clippings
  • Curricula
  • Faculty papers
  • Financial records
  • Minutes
  • Photographs
  • Promotional materials
  • Reports
  • School records
  • Souvenir programs
  • Yearbooks

Geographic Name(s)

  • Philadelphia (Pa.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Hagerty, W. W.
  • Woodford, Kathleen, Ms., Assoc. Dir. Operations


  • Accreditation
  • Adult education.
  • Alumnae and alumni
  • Fraternal organizations
  • Newsletters
  • Professional education.
  • Student activities
  • Student government

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Administrative History

Drexel University was founded by Anthony J. Drexel, a Philadelphia financier and philanthropist, in 1891, as the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry. Among the Institute's initial offerings was a program of evening study for working adults, the Department of Lectures and Evening Classes, which eventually became the Evening College. Drexel himself hoped to address “the needs of a rapidly growing industrial society and the young men and women seeking their place in it.” Considered a “revolutionary notion for his day,” Drexel created “an institute that placed no restrictions on religion, race, gender or social class,” that emphasized practical training in business, laboratory sciences, cooking, art and library science (Rottenberg, p. 157). From its inception in 1892, the Department of Lectures and Evening Classes was a key component in achieving those goals.

In 1896, the Department of Lectures and Evening Classes was renamed the Department of Evening Courses. Classes offered included drawing, decorative painting, modeling, woodcarving, stained glass, mathematics, bookkeeping, stenography and typewriting, chemistry, physics, shop work in wood and iron, cookery, dressmaking, millinery, physical culture, economics, English, and architecture (McDonald, pp. 228-229, 232). Professors Arthur Rowland and Henry V. Gummere were instrumental in the program’s success as well as the introduction of "group courses". By grouping courses within various departments, after two years of study students were eligible for a technical or vocational certificate. Gummere became director in 1914.

During World War I, the college saw the withdrawal of its leading personnel and most of its male students.

After WWI, Director Gummere resigned and was replaced by Willis Spivey in 1919, who took the reins shortly after a 1918 decision to change the name of the Department of Evening Classes to the Evening School. Spivey is credited with reorganizing and revitalizing the Evening School. Under his leadership, the Evening School implemented a diploma program. The curriculum was extended to take between six and eight years of part-time study and "offered practical training at collegiate level, but admittedly with less than college theory" (McDonald, pp. 252). To be more in line with this notable change in curriculum, the school’s name was changed again in 1924 to the Evening Diploma School. Spivey left the Evening Diploma School in 1941 and long-time administrator Laura Campbell became acting director until 1946 when she was appointed the director. Campbell’s tenure is noted for her active role in implementing higher entrance requirements and for developing evening honors courses.

Under Spivey's leadership the Evening School gained recognition in Philadelphia for excellence in training, however, there was little recognition outside of the area. This lead Drexel alumnus to explore the possibility of offering an evening degree program. In 1950, the Evening College earned accreditation to grant the B.S. degree, and entrance requirements were once again strengthened. Dean Kenneth Riddle choose Professor William J. Stevens to be his Assistant Dean and Howard W. Benfield became the Head of Industrial and Student Relations. The Evening College functioned almost as an independent institution, having its own social and academic organizations and activities, including honors, awards, student government and publications, many of which fell under Benfield’s supervision. According to Benfield, the active student life was in part due to Evening students' activities fees differing from those of the Day College students, and although the Evening students were welcome at Day student clubs and activities, they were limited in their ability to participate, mainly in terms of voting, scheduling, as well as reserving space.

Evening College Student Government consisted of the Student Council as the upper body and Class Congress as the lower body. Student organizations included social fraternities such as Lambda Delta Sigma, Alpha Phi Omega, Alpha Sigma Lambda and the Social Fraternity of Evening Students. Students also formed professional societies such as the Accounting Society, Administrative Management Society (AMS), Architectural Society, Engineers Club, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE). The Cross Keys was an honor society created to award students for outstanding service in student affairs. In the 1950s the Drexel Wives Club was developed by Myra McDaniel, the wife of a student leader Reuben McDaniel. She was the first president of the group, which continued with success through the 1980s. The groups purpose was to be acquainted with their husbands educational interests and broaden their own lives both intellectually and culturally. Student publications include the Drexel Evening Dragon and for a limited time the Evening College yearbook, The Spartan, the last publication of which was the class of 1956. Thereafter, the Day College and Evening College worked jointly on creating a yearbook,  The Lexerd. The above listing of activities is not comprehensive, but rather a selection of activities represented within the collection.

The diploma program was discontinued in 1971. The Evening College's name was changed to University College in 1987, and it was briefly discontinued in 1993, when its programs were transferred to the College of Arts and Sciences. The Evening College was re-established in 1997 as the College of Evening and Professional Studies. Since 2001, the Evening College has been part of the Goodwin College of Professional Studies.

Directors of the Evening School and Deans of the Evening College include Henry V. Gummere, 1914-1918; Willis T. Spivey, 1919-1946; Laura S. Campbell, 1946-1947; George Montgomery (interim director), 1947; Kenneth W. Riddle, Director of the Evening Diploma School, 1948-1963 and Dean of the Drexel Evening College, 1952-1963; Stanley J. Gwiazda (Dean), 1963-1987; and Ewaugh Finney Fields (Dean), 1988-1993.

History and Vision

Goodwin College’s tradition of offering university degrees to students who are working full-time during the day began more than a century ago. Drexel University offered the first evening courses in 1892.

In 1919, the University appointed its first director for evening programs, Willis Spivey, and three years later, students were able to obtain a diploma based on courses taken under the umbrella of the evening faculty.

However, it was not until 1950 when in response to the demand for post-war education, the Evening College, as it was called then, was allowed to grant baccalaureate degrees, following a major restructuring of the College’s curriculum and entrance requirements. The first graduating class of nine students received their degrees in 1952.

Since then, programs offered by the College have enjoyed increasing popularity. In response to working students’ demands, by 1980 the College was able to offer 14 degree programs in various disciplines such as architecture, engineering and construction management. In 1987, the name of the College was changed to University College, emphasizing that part-time evening programs were the mirror image of their day counterparts.

New programs continued to be established throughout the 1980s and most of the '90s. In 1997, the College of Evening and Professional Studies was established as an independent college of Drexel University, again targeting students working full-time during the day and wishing to obtain degrees during the evening. The new College expanded the program offerings to include degrees in areas such as General Studies, Information Systems, Health Systems and Technology, Industrial Engineering, and Customer Operations.

In 2001, to honor alumnus Richard C. Goodwin, the College was renamed the Richard C. Goodwin College of Evening and Professional Studies. In 2002, the College absorbed the department of Hospitality Management, thus bringing for the first time in its history educational opportunities for traditional students pursuing studies during the day. In the same year the College dropped “Evening” from its name and adopted its current title since evening studies were no longer unique to the College.

In the fall of 2002, the College introduced the Saturday Scholars® program, an accelerated degree completion program for the non-traditional student, and developed new full-time majors in Engineering Technology, Construction Management, Computing and Security Technology, and Sport Management, incorporating full-time, tenured, and tenure-track faculty.

In January 2009, a reorganization resulted in the addition of two distinct areas falling under the academic umbrella of Goodwin College: Customized Learning Solutions and Continuing Professional Education, providing hands-on and accessible, career-oriented education to adult learners, traditional students, and organizations seeking superior academic quality and learning solutions.


McDonald, Edward D. and Edward M. Hinton. Drexel Institute of Technology, 1891-1941: A Memorial History. Philadelphia: Printed by the Haddon Craftsmen, Inc., 1942.

Montgomery, George. Establishing Drexel's Evening College: A Tribute to Kenneth W. Riddle. 1963.

Rottenberg, Dan. The Man Who Made Wall Street: Anthony J. Drexel and the Rise of Modern Finance. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001.

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Scope and content note

This collection houses the institutional records of the Evening College at Drexel University, documenting the school's administrative, academic and social activities from 1921 to 1993. The bulk of the records were created between 1935 and 1988, and there are no records from the institution's founding years. Administrative activities are evidenced by the records of various administrators as well as by documents created by faculty and student organizations in the form of meeting minutes, official correspondence, annual reports, and accreditation reports. Evening College activities are also documented through internally produced press publications and other material such as newsletters, program brochures and catalogs, from the institution's advertising and marketing departments. Student and Faculty Council meeting minutes provide evidence of the institution's non-administrative activities.

This collection consists of seven series: Administration; Reports; Curriculum material; Faculty records; Newsletters, press and publicity; Student records; and Evening College events.

A particular strength of the collection is the detailed information available on the school's growth and development throughout the twentieth century, from a general school of evening study to a vocational training center to a fully accredited college. This information can be found in the "Reports," "Curriculum material," and "Faculty records" series.

Researchers should note that although student academic life is well documented in the "Student records" series, this same series does not provide a broad view of student social life, rather, it is seen through the narrow view of a few specific student activities committees and organizations.

Please refer to individual series descriptions for more information.

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Collection Inventory

Series I. Administrative records 1936-1993   6.0 Linear feet

Scope and content note

This series is arranged into thirteen subseries, which when taken together demonstrate a broad range of administrative endeavors between the years 1935 and 1988. Each of the subseries contains records related to a specific facet of the organization as a whole, and provide evidence of each of these facets working to accomplish the goals and mission of the organization. The bulk of these materials are the papers of Director Campbell, and Deans Riddle, Gwiazda and Fields. The series is arranged alphabetically by subseries, and each subseries is arranged chronologically.

The subseries are arranged as follows:

Academic Council records:

The Academic Council was a forum in which Drexel deans would collectively discuss and determine institutional operational strategies. This subseries includes the minutes from the meetings of the Council between 1961 and 1965.

Accreditation records:

This subseries includes reports assembled by the institution to the regional and professional accrediting agencies. These reports contain descriptions of the activities and programs of the various departments that were in existence between 1953 and 1991. The agencies that provided accreditation to the Evening College were: the Middle States Association (MSA); the Engineers' Council for Professional Development (ECPD); and the National Architectural Accrediting Board.

Administration records:

The Administration subseries documents the activity of the institutional administration between 1936 and 1993. Included are the papers of Director Laura S. Campbell, Deans Riddle, Gwiazda and Fields, and President Hagerty. One particularly interesting document, written by Howard W. Benfield, the head of student activities, covers his career and the Evening College’s history from 1950 to 1970. These papers shed light on significant events in the institution's history, such as the announcement of the official Drexel colors (1937) and a search for a new university president in 1988. In addition to providing information on institutional special events and programs, the subseries also provides insight into the day-to-day operations of the organization.

Admissions records:

This subseries contains the records of the Evening College Admissions department between the years 1954 and 1981. It includes "transfer guides" which are internal documents that dictate transfer protocol, accommodation letters from various corporations regarding graduate employment; communications for the Office of the Director of University Office Admissions; statistical information about undergraduate admissions; Admissions Advisory Information and Marketing Committee (AIM) meeting minutes and memos; and policies regarding admissions procedures.

Advertising materials:

This subseries includes materials and information exchanged between the Evening College and publishers and advertisers between the years 1948 and 1989. This subseries includes brochure and program proofs; press conference material; papers of the Open House Committee and brochures for various departments within the Evening College. Additionally, there are Reports from advertising firms to Dean Riddle of the Evening College; advertising expenditure reports; development publications; proofs of catalogs for various departments, which includes summaries of departments, course offerings and course descriptions; and a document titled, “Marketing plan for Evening and Part-Time Day Students Division of the University College,” June 29, 1989.

Alumni Association records:

This subseries contains material from 1943 to 1984, and includes communications between advisors and alumni regarding students' possible career paths; Constitution and By-laws of the Drexel Evening School Alumni Association (undated); Alumni newsletters and surveys; and Drexel Evening College Alumni Association meeting minutes.

Academic Associations records:

This subseries includes materials that document the institution's relationship with three associations from 1947 to 1986: the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), the Association of University Evening Colleges (AUEC), and the Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE). The materials include meeting minutes, membership directories, membership receipts, and correspondence between university and association administrators.

Building and Expansion Projects records:

This subseries contains material dated from 1954 to 1974, and includes construction documents, papers of the planning committee, building committee reports, case studies, fundraising materials, budget materials, and news clippings about Drexel’s expansion in the 1950’s. It also includes a program for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Basic Sciences Laboratory Center (March 1, 1951), and materials related to the planning of the Drexel Activities Building, (now the Creese Student Center).

Operational Forms:

This subseries contains material from 1960 to 1989, and includes master copies of forms that have been used for the day-to-day activities of university personnel, as well as institutional procedure manuals.

Scholarship and award papers:

This subseries contains material from 1951 to 1986, and includes scholarship committee reports; Dean's lists (which contain grades and student information), student information that was used by department officials to determine the awards; lists of recipients of various awards such as the George W. Childs Drexel scholarship; award receipt notification letters; paperwork from the comptroller regarding award money; and certificate samples.

State aid papers:

This subseries consists of reports to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from various institutional departments requesting financial assistance from 1958 to 1964. These reports include budgets, and official correspondence between the Commonwealth and the university administrators.

Statistical records:

This subseries contains material from 1952 to 1992, and includes statistics about annual graduates, and unabridged comments written by graduates on their degree candidacy graduation forms collected by the school administration and given to the Dean.

Office of Student Affairs records:

This subseries contains material from 1938 to 1984, and includes materials that describe the official relationship between the Student Council and institutional faculty and administration. This relationship is documented primarily through the Student Relations Duty Reports and the reports of the Vice President of Academic Affairs. This Office also governed institutional disciplinary procedures, and this subseries contains documents that reflect that responsibility, such as the “Standard Procedure for Transcribing the New Permanent Record Card.”

Subseries a. Academic Associations 1947-1986   12.0 folders


Educational, ASEE 1947, 1948   1.0 folder


ASEE general council 1957-1958   1.0 folder


AUEC Region 4 1955-1966   1.0 folder


AUEC corres. 1959-1966   1.0 folder


AUEC: region 4 chairman 1966-1967   1.0 folder


AUEC: region 4 1967-1969   1.0 folder


AUEC directories 1968/1969-1974   1.0 folder


AUEC - publication "Guidebook For Evening Student Governments" 1968   1.0 folder


AUEC: region 4 1970-1972   1.0 folder


Subseries b. Academic Council records 1961-1965   4.0 folders


Subseries c. Accreditation records 1953-1991   19.0 folders


Alumni newsletter 1943-1947   1.0 folder


Subseries d. Administration 1936-1993   34.0 folders


Benfield, "Development of the Student Personnel Program in Drexel Evening College" 1970   1.0 folder


Administrator-in-charge reports 1977 September 1- 1978 June 16   1.0 folder


General correspondence 1982-1983   1.0 folder


Office of the president 1988   1.0 Record


Dean Fields with IMS 1988-1989   1.0 folder


Department correspondence: architecture 1988-1991   1.0 folder


Evening and university college financial aid bulletin 1991-1992   1.0 folder


Dean Fields: student affairs 1992-1993   1.0 folder


Dean Fields: student services 1992-1993   1.0 folder


Dean Fields: university relations 1992-1993   1.0 folder


Dean Fields: staff meetings 1992-1993   1.0 folder


Dean Fields: library 1992   1.0 folder


Dean Fields: personnel 1987-1992   1.0 folder


Dean Fields: PRC file 1992   1.0 folder


Dean Fields: president 1993   1.0 folder


Dean Fields: professional 1991-1992   1.0 folder


Dean Fields: research 1992-1993   1.0 folder


Dean Fields: student records 1992-1993   1.0 folder


Dean Fields: university/college publications 1991-1992   1.0 folder


Subseries e. Admissions records 1954-1981   6.0 folders


Correspondence - commendation letters 1954-1966   1.0 folder


Transfer - Glassboro State College 1975-1979   1.0 folder


Transfer guides 1977-1981   1.0 folder


Transferring to Day College, introduction 1979-1980   1.0 folder


Transfer 1987   1.0 folder


Applications 1987-1988   1.0 folder


Admissions 1988-1989   1.0 folder


Subseries f. Advertising materials 1948-1989   24.0 folders


Catalog 1948-1949   1.0 folder


Proofs 1948-1953   1.0 folder


Proofs 1950-1953   1.0 folder


Press conference 1950 November 28   1.0 folder


Open house 1950   1.0 folder


Evening School open house undated   1.0 folder


Open house 1950   1.0 folder


Open house 1951   1.0 folder


Press releases and clippings 1952-1970   1.0 folder


Open house 1952   1.0 folder


Philadelphia Club of Advertising Women 1953-1955   1.0 folder


Brochures 1953-1963   1.0 folder


Special reports 1954-1957   1.0 folder


Expenditure reports 1960, 1962, 1963   1.0 folder


Development publications 1968, undated   1.0 folder


Catalog - Architecture 1973   1.0 folder


Catalog - Business administration 1973   1.0 folder


Catalog - registrar's office, comptroller's office 1973   1.0 folder


Catalog - board of trustees + administrative officers 1973   1.0 folder


Catalog - admisson's office 1973   1.0 folder


Catalog - general information 1973-1974   1.0 folder


General brochure 1974-1975   1.0 folder


Promotional 1981   1.0 folder


Brochures 1987, undated   1.0 folder


Marketing plan 1989 June 29   1.0 folder


Subseries g. Alumni Association records 1943-1984   7.0 folders


Alumni 1950-1966   1.0 folder


Alumni news and alumnite 1954-1968   1.0 folder


Alumni survey 1960   1.0 folder


Alumni Association minutes 1964-1965   1.0 folder


Evening college alumni 1965-1980   1.0 folder


Evening college alumni association 1972-1984   1.0 folder


Subseries h. Artifacts (banner, honor cord and diplomas) undated   1.0 Box


Subseries i. Building and expansion records 1954-1974   12.0 folders


Existing Facilities of the Architecture Department Blueprint February 26, 1964 


Alterations to Architecture Department Blueprint February 26, 1964 


Alterations to Third Floor of the Main Building Blueprint January 24, 1971 


Subseries j. Office of Student Affairs records 1938-1984   10.0 folders


Subseries k. Operational forms 1960-1989   9.0 folders


Subseries l. Scholarship and award papers 1951-1986   9.0 folders

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Subseries m. State aid papers 1958-1964   1.0 folder


Subseries n. Statistical records 1952-1992   4.0 folders


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Series II. Reports 1951-1992   4.0 Linear feet

Scope and content note

This series contains annual reports that were written by the Dean and distributed to the Evening College faculty and the President. These reports include information regarding enrollment, academic progress, faculty needs, administrative needs, as well as departmental reports and divisional reports. There are four types of reports in this series:

Annual reports from the Evening College from 1950 to 1989. These reports were compiled by the Dean and distributed to the University President and faculty.

Administrative reports from 1951 to 1992 which are introspective reports of the Evening College administration that provide information about graduate placement; mid-range and long range planning; records and registration; scholarships; awards and loans; and financial support from alumni.

There are applications for membership in the American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business from 1963 and 1966. The membership application describes the organization and administration of the Institute and provides data-sheets for full-time and part-time faculty.

Included in this series are departmental annual reports from the following colleges: College of Engineering and Science from 1963 to 1967; College of Engineering from 1959 to 1970; College of Science from 1968 and 1969; and the College of Business Administration from 1960 to 1961.

Subseries a. Evening College annual reports 1950-1989   58.0 folders

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Annual report of the Evening College and Diploma School 1950-1951   1.0 folder


Annual report of the Evening College and Diploma School 1951-1952   1.0 folder


Annual report of the Evening College and Diploma School 1952-1953   1.0 folder


Annual report of the Evening College and Diploma School 1953-1954   1.0 folder


Annual report of the Evening College and Diploma School 1954-1955   1.0 folder


Annual report of the Evening College and Diploma School 1955-1956   1.0 folder


Annual report of the Evening College and Diploma School 1956-1957   1.0 folder


Annual report of the Evening College and Diploma School 1957-1958   1.0 folder


Annual report of the Evening College 1958-1959   1.0 folder


Annual report of the Evening College 1959-1960   1.0 folder


Annual report of the Evening College 1959-1960   1.0 folder


Annual report of the Evening College 1960-1961   1.0 folder


Annual report of the Evening College 1961-1962   1.0 folder


Annual report of the Evening College 1962-1963   1.0 folder


Annual report of the Evening College 1963-1964   1.0 folder


Annual report of the Evening College 1964-1965   1.0 folder


Annual report of the Evening College 1964-1965   1.0 folder


Annual report of the Evening College 1965-1966   1.0 folder


Annual report of the Evening College 1965-1966   1.0 folder


Annual report of the Evening College 1966-1967   1.0 folder


Annual report of the Evening College 1966-1967   1.0 folder


Annual report of the Evening College 1966-1967   1.0 folder


Annual report of the Evening College 1967-1968   1.0 folder


Annual report of the Evening College 1967-1968   1.0 folder


Annual report of the Evening College 1968-1969   1.0 folder


Annual report of the Evening College 1969-1970   1.0 folder


Annual report of the Evening College 1969-1970   1.0 folder


Annual report of the Evening College 1970-1971   1.0 folder


Subseries b. Administrative annual and progress reports 1951-1992   20.0 folders


Subseries c. American Association of Collegiate Schools of Business 1963, 1966   5.0 folders


Subseries d. Departmental annual reports 1959-1970   15.0 folders


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Series III. Curriculum material 1943-1991   3.0 Linear feet

Scope and content note

This series is divided into five subseries which contain the following:

Course outline materials, dating between 1943 and 1971 are arranged by either course number or alphabetically by course title.

The Course Descriptions subseries includes course announcements, catalogs and curriculum proposals for various courses throughout the years 1948 and 1991.

Course material from 1960, 1970 and 1971 includes the "China Town Redevelopment Study" which was conducted by sociology students for a “Social Problems” course and “represents a focus of concern on specific problems rather than generalities,” and the “Manual of Style Punctuation Rules and Patterns for the Office of Drexel Evening College,” By Murray C. Miller of the English Department (1960).

Program development contains material from 1949 to 1986, and includes: conversion histories, which demonstrate the conversion of Evening College credits to Drexel day school credits; Professional engineers association degree certificate materials; Curriculum Committee meeting minutes from 1967 to 1972; Report of Committee on Advanced study from 1954; M.C. Miller files of Special Courses Development which includes correspondence with NASA and the Panama Canal Company, Canal Zone; Comparison of Evening College Business Administration Curriculum: requirements and policies from 1971; and required curriculum descriptions and correspondence, for the Contractors Association for Eastern Pennsylvania (CAEP), and the General Building Contractors Association (GBCA).

The Honors Program subseries contains material from 1956 to 1972, and includes: Program and course descriptions; course planning; program planning; and subject outlines.

Subseries a. Course descriptions 1948-1991   18.0 folders


Subseries b. Course outlines 1943-1971   52.0 folders


Subseries c. Course material 1960, 1970, 1971   3.0 folders


Subseries d. Honors program 1956-1972   6.0 folders


Subseries e. Program development 1949-1986   14.0 folders


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Series IV. Faculty records 1948-1992   4.0 Linear feet

Scope and content note

This series is divided into seven subseries which contain the following:

Department Heads meeting minutes from 1950 to 1970.

Executive Committee meeting minutes from 1953 to 1980.

Faculty Council meeting minutes from 1949 to 1989.

Faculty directories from 1948 and 1986, which demonstrate faculty promotions and new appointments.

Faculty guides published from 1952 to 1987, to keep faculty apprised of required administrative duties and procedures at Drexel Evening College and Diploma School.

Faculty Endeavors includes faculty reports on various topics from 1958 to 1959; faculty liaison meeting agendas from 1991 to 1992; Faculty Club member lists, communications, and agendas from 1970 to 1974; a collection of master copies of course evaluations by students for faculty known as "Faculty Polls" from 1964 to 1973; Director's meeting agendas from 1991 to 1992; a grant proposal from 1984; highly technical published papers of Evening College faculty Henry Chenon regarding physical science topics from 1953 and 1954; an all inclusive set of faculty resumes from 1969 to 1970, arranged alphabetically; Institute Faculty meeting minutes from 1958; and Faculty Planning Committee meeting minutes from 1962 to 1963.

Qualification exams and test results from 1950 to 1959. Access to this subseries is restricted.

Subseries a. Department Heads meeting minutes 1950-1970   26.0 folders


Subseries b. Executive Committee meeting minutes 1953-1980   17.0 folders


Subseries c. Faculty Council meeting minutes 1949-1989   32.0 folders


Subseries d. Faculty directories 1948-1986   13.0 folders


Subseries e. Faculty guides 1952-1987   8.0 folders


Joe J. Jordan planning commission file 1968-1969   1.0 folder

Scope and content note

Correspondence and documents related to the Mid-Range and Long-Range Planning Commission and the Institute Governance Committee


Subseries f. Faculty endeavors 1953-1992   17.0 folders


Subseries g. Qualification exams and test results 1950-1959   3.0 folders

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Series V. Newsletters, press, and publicity 1945-1993   1.0 Linear feet

Scope and content note

This series is divided into three subseries; Newsletters, Brochures, and News Releases.

The newsletter subseries houses examples of some publications, associated production materials and correspondence for the following newsletters: "Drexel Evening Dragon," from 1955 to 1993; "Three-Quarter Century Fund," 1966; "Drexel Ledger," 1955, 1957 and 1969; "Drexel University Digest," from 1977 to 1981; "Emergence of a University," Spring 1970; "Evening Views," from 1956 to 1957 and 1960 (incomplete); "Fastopics" from 1972 to 1975 (incomplete); "Great Court Courier," from 1990 to 1991 (incomplete); "Nite News," 1970 and 1972; Report to Drexel Friends from 1969 to 1970; "A University Looks into the Future," 1977; and "University College Newsletter," 1988 (incomplete).

The Brochures subseries contains Office of Continuing Professional Education brochures; Brochures for different degree programs; and University Brochures. The majority of these brochures are undated, although some dates have been identified as 1968, and from 1988 to 1989.

News releases from 1945 to 1988 includes two folders of news clippings about Evening College students who served in WWII. These clippings provide the following information about the soldiers: honors, commissions, missing in action status, and obituaries. This subseries also contains reports of a memorial service that was held in 1945; and photocopies of news articles and press releases of student and faculty achievements from 1955, 1976-1978, and 1982-1983.

Subseries a. Newsletters 1955-1993   22.0 folders


Subseries b. Brochures 1968, 1988-1989, undated   5.0 folder


Evening College: A Century of Change 

Subseries c. News releases 1945-1988   10.0 folders


Memorial Service 

Letter from Mrs. James Galligan 1945 May 25 

Letter from Mrs. Bingham 1945 May 22 

Letter from Alice Ernst 1945 May 24 

Letter from Mrs. A. T. A. Hudome 1945 May 19 

Memorial Service Program 1945 May 29 

Letter from Mary Simon 1945 May 17 

Triangle p.3 1945 May 29 

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Series VI. Student records 1927-1989   8.0 Linear feet

Scope and content note

This series is divided into 13 subseries which contain the following:

Basketball Team records:

This subseries contains material from 1968 to 1978, and includes correspondence; minutes, newspapers; sports committee reports; budgets; player stats; team members list; and game schedules.

Class Congress records:

The Class Congress was a division of the student government that acted as an intermediary between the student body and the faculty and department heads. This subseries contains records from 1953 to 1987. They are arranged by class year, and include both senior and junior class congresses. The bulk of this subseries is correspondence from the Congress members to the students, and meeting minutes.

Cross Keys records:

This subseries contains material from 1958 to 1987. Cross Keys was an honorary society for Evening College students which began in 1952 under the direction of Howard W. Benfield (Associate Director of Student Services) and Kenneth W. Riddle (Dean). Honors were awarded to students for outstanding service in student affairs. The members wanted Cross Keys to become a service fraternity, and therefore, LaSalle Evening College joined Drexel as a Beta Chapter. Later, a national organization was formed.

The subseries includes: saving account information; Comptroller forms; Cross key scholarship information; billing letters (bulk financial information); committee reports; ritual ceremony descriptions; constitution and by-laws; data about the national organization; member lists; meeting minutes, many of which are annotated; and address lists.

Drexel Wives' Club materials:

This collection contains material from 1956 to 1980. The Drexel Wives' Club was an organization created by Evening College student’s wives in order to become familiar with the education and interests of their husbands and to broaden their own intellectual lives. The papers include event planning; correspondence regarding events and other activities grouped by president; organizational papers; activities planning, activities and event programs, Putting Him Through (PHT) awards, order books, and certificates and pins.

International Association of Evening Student Councils records:

This subseries contains material from 1963 to 1980. Drexel belonged to the Mid-Atlantic States Region (MASR) of the organization. The subseries contains conference proceedings (bulk); member lists; officer lists; and by-laws.

Fraternal societies records:

This subseries contains the records of the following fraternities: Blue Key (undated); Alpha Phi Omega (1957-1958); Alpha Sigma Lambda (1954-1979); and Lambda Delta Sigma (1927, 1939-1952). This subseries contains constitutions, histories, communications between officers of the Fraternity and members as well as Drexel faculty, ritual descriptions; member lists; meeting minutes; financial papers; and some fraternal pins.

Personal student files:

This subseries contains files from the following years: 1950-1959, 1968, 1977-1979, and 1982. The types of files include candidacy forms, transcripts and degree graduating class. Access to this series is restricted.

Societies and Clubs records:

The subseries contains records from 1953 to 1988. The records are arranged alphabetically as follows: Accounting Society, Administrative Management Society (AMS), Architectural Society, Engineers Club, Glee Club, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE), Men’s Student Council, and Society of Advancement of Management (SAM).

Student Activities records:

This subseries contains records from 1955 to 1965, and from 1972 to 1985. Types of records included in this subseries are: events calendar; address lists; programs, announcements; planning; correspondence; personnel address lists; "Night Cap" newsletter; and Howard W. Benfield’s files on student activities. Benfield's files make up approximately one third of this subseries. The files house financial material, information about Drexel Wives, Student Council, Class Congress and Cross Keys. Much of this information is duplicated in each respective subseries, however, Benfield’s copies were maintained as a group of materials.

Student Council records:

This subseries contains records from 1954 to 1982. The Student Council was the upper body of the Student Government; Class Congress was the lower body. Student Council governed undergraduate activities and was a liaison between the students and the Evening College administration. The Student Council regulated and controlled Class Congress activities. The subseries includes meeting minutes; Student Government manuals from 1970, 1979, and 1981 that were produced by the Student Council for student government members; Student Council constitution and by-laws; and Information Seminar material on the topic of student leadership for the students presented by Drexel Student Council or student relations advisors between 1978 and 1982.

Student employment records:

This subseries contains material from 1955 to 1971. It contains Annual Employment Reports which are lists of companies and the number of students employed by those companies.

Student Guides:

This subseries contains Student Guides published between 1950 and 1988. The Student Guides contain information that was considered by the institution to be essential to students regarding the rules and regulations for which students were responsible during their time at Drexel. In addition to the rules of student conduct, the guides also include building layouts, extra curricular activities and societies, information about student life, and services offered by the University.

Yearbook material:

This material dates from 1949 to 1956, and 1989. The subseries includes a "Spartan" yearbook from 1949; "Spartan" planning material; communications between yearbook editors and writers, and students and administration; a Drexel administration organizational chart; and a "Lexerd" yearbook from 1989.

Subseries a. Basketball team records 1968-1978   2.0 folders


Subseries b. Class Congress records 1953-1987   27.0 folders


Subseries c. Cross Keys records 1958-1987   37.0 folders


Subseries d. Drexel Wives' Club materials 1956-1980   35.0 folders


Subseries e. International Association of Evening Student Councils records 1963-1980   7.0 folders


Subseries f. Fraternal societies records 1927, 1939-1979, undated   2.0 folders


Subseries g. Personal student files 1950-1959, 1968, 1977-1979, 1982   8.0 folders


Subseries h. Societies and clubs records 1953-1988   17.0 folders


Subseries i. Student Activities records 1955-1965, 1972-1985   10.0 folders


Subseries j. Student Council records 1954-1982   38.0 folders


Subseries k. Student employment records 1955-1971   6.0 folders


Subseries l. Student guides 1950-1988   15.0 folders


Subseries m. Yearbook material 1949-1956, 1989   7.0 folders


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Series VII. Evening College events 1921-1992   2.0 Linear feet

Scope and content note

This series is divided into five subseries which contain the following:

Honors Night Convocation includes programs, planning materials and award letters from 1954 to 1999.

Commencement and convocations includes programs and correspondence about the events from 1921 to 1968.

University Events includes materials about faculty and administration service recognition in 1941, and from 1963 to 1992.

The Student socials subseries includes event planning material, programs, and correspondence by various student organizations in 1931 and from 1955 to 1989.

Conferences and seminars includes conference packets, agendas, outlines and programs for the following conferences: Leadership Conference for University Adult Educators (1957); Howard Johnson Management Development Seminar (1963); and Seaview Conference on Drexel Research (undated).

Subseries a. Commencement and convocation 1921-1968   3.0 folders


Subseries b. Honors Night convocation 1954-1992   25.0 folders


Subseries c. College events 1941, 1963-1992   9.0 folders


Subseries d. Student socials 1931, 1955-1989   9.0 folders


Subseries e. Conferences and seminars 1957, 1963, undated   3.0 folders


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Series VIII. Photographs Undated, circa 1950-1970   1.0 Linear feet


Subseries a. Evening College Photographs 

Scope and content note

The photographs series primarily houses photographs of faculty and student clubs from circa 1950 to 1970. There are likely a few images that pre and postdate these dates, however.

Three men stand in front of a door undated 

A woman sits at a desk undated 

W. W. Hagerty and a student at a phonathon 1978 

Dr. Hagerty - Announcement of Macintosh 1984 January 24 

W. W. Hagerty and another man stand in front of the site of the future library, holding building plans 1979 June  

Two men in Drexel University blazers stand, watching (a speaker?) undated 

W. W. Hagerty receives the Joseph S. Mozino Blue and Gold Award from the Evening College Alumni Association undated 

A man in glasses stands at a podium, about to present an award (?) to another man in glasses undated 

Disque Hall undated 

A man (Bob Edgar?) stands at a lectern in a classroom, speaking undated 

A student sits on a bench beside a fountain undated 

Portrait of an unidentified man in a suit undated 

A group of people at an event, including men wearing fake mustaches undated 

A group of people dancing undated 

A group of people at an event, including men wearing fake mustaches undated 

Unidentified man undated 

A. J. Drexel statue undated 

Samuel S. Baxter, Commissioner and Chief Engineer of the Philadelphia Water Dept. undated 

Who's Who recipients Summer 1966 

President Hagerty holding the Joseph S. Mozino Blue and Gold Award stands with a group of people undated 

Three men at a podium, one receiving an award undated 

Two students the Outstanding Senior Award and the Senior Merit Citation undated 

Three men standing at a party, laughing and holding drinks undated 

Anthony J. Drexel bust in the Great Court undated 

Steps of the Great Court undated 

Main building interior gate undated 

Unidentified building undated 

Anthony J. Drexel bust in the Great Court undated 

Two students sit at a table eating and writing undated 

Library exterior (later the Korman Center) undated 

Alumni Engineering Laboratories at night undated 

Alumni Engineering Laboratories at night circa 1950 

Men presenting certificate for Evening College undated 

Men presenting certificate for Evening College undated 

Kenneth Riddle, smiling undated 

Assistant Department Heads group portrait undated 

Assistant Department Heads group portrait undated 

Student receiving a diploma undated 

Electrical Engineering faculty group portrait undated 

Faculty portrait (unidentified department) undated 

Faculty portrait (unidentified department) undated 

Staff working in the Evening College office undated 

Unidentified man undated 

Evening College students lined up in the Great Court undated 

The Main Building at night undated 

T.W. Williams undated 

Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) - Student Branch - Drexel Evening College undated 

Stanley J. Gwiazda undated 

Stanley J. Gwiazda undated 

Unidentified man undated 

Two men in Drexel blazers listen to a speaker (not pictured) undated 

Commencement undated 

Evening College graduation undated 

Men in Evening College undated 

Student Council Members 1957-1958 

Officers of Cross Keys Fraternity undated 

Class Officers, Degree Graduating Class undated 

Academic Achievement Awards, Degree Class 1959 

Academic Achievement Awards, Diploma Class 1959 

Henry P. George, Department Head, Metallurgy undated 

Quarter-Century Men undated 

Subseries b. Kurt O.D. Cleaver undated   1.0 folder

Subseries l. Aerials 1932-1951   1.0 folder

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - downtown with rivers and bridges undated 

Washington, D.C. including Library of Congress, the Capitol, the Mall and the Washington Monument undated 

Washington, D.C. including Library of Congress, the Capitol, the Mall and the Washington Monument undated 

Aerial view of USS Hornet (CVA-12) being refueled from USS Pasuhmpsic (AO-107) at sea undated 

Washington, D.C. with Washington Monument in foreground 1946 

Aerial recognition view of XF3D-1 Aircraft, Bu. No. 121458. 1949 December 30 

Icebreaking ship? 1949 February 24 

White House - Washington, D.C. undated 

Greenland 1942 August 27 

Aerial recognition view of XF3D-1 Aircraft, Bu. No. 121458. 1949 December 30 

Bunker Hill Monument, Boston, Mass. undated 

Docks at Boston, Mass. undated 

Baltimore, MD 1932 

20080200305 1950 February 27 

20080200306 1950 February 27 

20080200307 1950 February 27 

Times Square District - New York City undated 

20080200309 1950 February 27 

20080200310 1950 February 27 

20080200311 1950 February 27 

20080200312 1950 February 27 

20080200313 1950 February 27 

20080200314 1950 February 27 

20080200315 1934 

20080200316 1950 February 27 

High altitude photo of Washington, D.C. undated 

20080200318 1951 July 3 

20080200319 1951 July 3 

Subseries c. Haw, John J. undated   1.0 folder

Subseries d. William White undated   1.0 folder

Subseries j. Joseph F. Barrett n.d.   1.0 folder

Portrait wearing a jacket and bow tie undated 

Portrait wearing a jacket and bow tie undated 

Standing on the third floor of Main looking out at the Great Court undated 

Standing on the third floor of Main looking out at the Great Court undated 

A couple holding vinyl records in their living room(?) undated 

A box of Diamond Safety Matches undated 

A box of Diamond Safety Matches undated 

A box of Diamond Safety Matches undated 

A box of Diamond Safety Matches undated 

Students working in machine shop undated 

Man wearing eye wear and glove standing over lit container undated 

A watchmaker examines a watch through a loupe undated 

A woman holds a pocketwatch over a tray of pocketwatches undated 

Two men standing in doorways of storefronts; one store has a Keller Jeweller sign undated 

Two men standing in front of a locomotive undated 

Portrait wearing a jacket and bow tie undated 

Working with chemistry (?) equipment undated 

Subseries e. H. Frank undated   1.0 folder

Subseries f. Donald B. Walkup undated   1.0 folder

Subseries g. Marvin M. Maslow undated   1.0 folder

Subseries h. N. Hopkins undated   1.0 folder

Seated man in a protective apron with his sleeves rolled up undated 

The Rittenhouse Clock undated 

The gate leading to the Auditorium in Main undated 

The Great Court undated 

Two men entering values into a chart on a blackboard undated 

The Quad at night undated 

Subseries i. Clarence A. Lenville undated   1.0 folder

Portrait in white shirt, wearing glasses undated 

Scultpure in Great Court undated 

The Water Boy undated 

Mannequin in dress undated 

Subseries k. Kutelmach, Michael undated   1.0 folder

Four men in a classroom in Main undated 

Four men in a classroom in Main undated 

Four men in a classroom in Main undated 

Two men lean against a railing in Main undated 

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