About the Archives

Widener University traces its origins to Wilmington, Delaware, where it began in 1821 as a small Quaker school for boys. Since then, the school has been transformed numerous times, changing into Pennsylvania Military Academy, Pennsylvania Military College, PMC Colleges, Widener College, and finally Widener University. The holdings of the University Archives document much of this rich and diverse history. Online Web exhibits, including Oral Histories by PMC graduates, give a flavor of life as it was experienced by the many diverse students who have been educated here.


The Archives welcomes donations from students, faculty, staff, alumni or community members. Materials from these sources have significantly improved our collections and enabled the Archives to grow.




The mission of the Widener University Archives is to collect, preserve and make available to researchers, print and digital materials such as papers, photographs, audiovisual items and memorabilia related to the history of Widener and its predecessor institutions. The Archives focuses on assisting Widener administration, faculty, and staff as they work to achieve the goals of the University, as well as assisting students as they research the history of the institution. The Archives also reaches out to the broader community by making its resources available to off-campus researchers. In addition, the Archives partners with the PMC Museum to create exhibits.



Contact the Archives

Wolfgram Memorial Library
Widener University
One University Place
Chester, PA 19013
610-499-4591 or 610-499-4376

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