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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.




Visiting the Archives

The Archives is located on the third level of the Wolfgram Memorial Library and is open by appointment. Call (610) 499-4376 or (610) 499-4591 to arrange a research appointment to use the Archives. In order to assure proper preservation of these unique Archival resources, materials must remain in the library while in use.

Archives Address

Wolfgram Memorial Library
Widener University
One University Place
Chester, PA 19013

Ask Us* Note: When asking a question, enter the word ARCHIVES before the question.


For direct help, contact Jill Borin at 610-499-4376 or Kayla Van Osten 610-499-4591