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West Chester University’s Digital Collections


West Chester University’s Digital Collections contains scanned or photographed images and PDFs of unique objects held in Francis Harvey Green Library’s Special Collections and Archives or in the Philip’s Autograph Library. The aim of these collections is to increase access and to promote the preservation of the fragile and highly used items in the collections. The Digital Collections are continually growing as more objects and materials are discovered and digitized. Please contact the Special Collections and Archives for more information.

The digital collections are freely accessible to all members of the WCU campus as well as outside researchers and the serendipitous web surfer.

Contact Information:

West Chester University Special Collections and Archives
Francis Harvey Green Library Room: 615
(610) 436-3456.


Pathfinder/Serpentine: West Chester University yearbooks from 1910-2008

Course Catalogs: West Chester University course catalogs from 1871-2008

Philips Autograph Collection: Inscriptions and autographs from a variety of well-known authors, collected by G.M. Philips, principal of West Chester State Normal School from 1880-1920

Letters of General Anthony Wayne: Digitized collection of letters to and from Anthony Wayne, a Revolutionary War general and friend of George Washington

Historic Postcards: Late nineteenth and early twentieth century postcards depicting West Chester, Chester County and West Chester University.

Sharples Collection: Collection of postcards, sales books, advertisements, and artifacts from the Philip M. Sharples Separator Works (1881-1933) Company.

West Chester University Photograph Collection: Digitized photographs of WCU buildings, events and people from 19th and early 20th Centuries.

Works Project Administration (WPA) Collection: Films and photographs of WCU’s collection of WPA materials created by the Museum Extension Project (MEP) to teach students about historically and culturally significant people and events.

Chester County Collection: Contains objects and materials from Chester County businesses and individuals.

West Chester University Treasures: Films and photographs of unique items and finds from WCU’s Special Collections and Archives.

History and Funding:

West Chester University’s Digital Collections have been made available through two different projects. First, West Chester has collaborated with the Keystone Library Network (KLN) Digital Collections. The KLN represents the 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and other affiliated libraries in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This collaboration includes diverse materials from a majority of the 14 state system universities.

The second project was made possible through a collaboration with the Internet Archive using University Performance Funding in conjunction with a special grant from the Sloane Foundation to Lyrasis. This project included a mass digitization of all of the University’s yearbooks, course catalogs, and two written histories.