PennRare and Unique at Penn … better together!

helloI am delighted to announce that Unique at Penn has a new look and new-ish content!  And we are super excited to think that future content will show the full spectrum of our special collections community … from those who acquire, to those who make available, to those who teach with and use the material.

In the past, posts on this blog have been largely curatorial–but now we have merged all PennRare posts that were largely created by catalogers and archival processors.  We hope that soon fellows, researchers, faculty, or anyone else who interacts with items that are Unique at Penn will contribute posts about their discoveries as they work with special collections on campus!

JulianAbeleFor the most part, the posts on Unique at Penn have focused on the Penn Libraries and in particular, the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts; but there are special collections scattered across campus, and even across the city. In the future, we anticipate that you may see posts from other repositories on campus:  Annenberg School for Communication Library Archives (ASCLA), Architectural Archives of The University of Pennsylvania, Barbara Bates Center for the Study of The History of Nursing at Penn Nursing, Archives of Biddle Law Library, Rare Books & Special Collections at the Fisher Fine Arts Library, Library at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic StudiesPenn Museum Archives, Penn Museum Library, and the University Archives and Records Center. While each repository’s material is focused by collecting missions, there is frequently overlap of subjects and themes. Together, posts from these repositories can tell broader stories of Penn; the city of Philadelphia and the people who make their homes here; and of the national and international movements that have defined our history and shaped the world in which we live today.

We look forward to telling these stories and hope you will enjoy learning about the treasures the University of Pennsylvania houses and makes available to researchers across the world.

Many thanks to Alyssa Hogan and Brian Hogan, who are responsible for the new look of Unique at Penn and the merging of two blogs.

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