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New Display: Saint Joseph’s College Catalogues and Awards in the Early Years

A new exhibit in Drexel Library entitled “In the Beginning: Saint Joseph’s College Catalogues and Awards of the 1850s,” displays copies from the University Archives and Special Collections of
selected early college catalogues (1852-1862) and academic award certificates along with some photographs of silver medals received by students for their academic success. This collection of items helps tell the story of the College’s inaugural years and sheds some light on what college life would have been like for some of the first
students.

First Premium 3rd Class French John Mullen

Here are a few things to think about while visiting the display:

  • How much would it have cost a parent or guardian to send a
    student to the college during the 1852-1853 academic year?
  • What were some of the classes students had to take in the 1850s as part of their chosen course of study?
  • Do you recognize any of the family names from the 1852-1853 catalogue listing of students or from the awards pages?
  • Would you have been able to follow the regulations for student conduct?

The exhibit is located on the 2nd floor of Drexel Library near the Bridge to the PLC and will be available for viewing through the end of May. Stop by and take a look!

For information on this display, the University Archives or the Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Special Collections, please contact:
Christopher Dixon, Archival Research Librarian
610.660.2164 or “cdixon@sju.edu”