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Student Life

Online Exhibits -


Cowee Family Papers

Cowee Family PapersThis exhibit includes photographs, documents and correspondence illustrating life at Pennsylvania Military Preparatory School and Pennsylvania Military College during the 1920s and 1930s.  These items were collected by James Farwell Cowee (PMPS 1926 and PMC 1930) and donated by his son, James Farwell Cowee, Jr.  (PMPS 1954. The exhibit also includes an oral history from James Farwell Cowee, Jr.



Female Trailblazers

Cowee Family PapersFrom 1821 until 1966, the institution that became Widener University had, with only three exceptions, an all male student body. Imagine the barriers faced by the first women who enrolled. This exhibit, through images, articles, and publications, highlights the achievements of these female trailblazers who, from 1966 on, have transformed the institution.  Viewed by some as invaders, they excelled academically, winning the school’s highest academic honors. Joining many student organizations, they often took leadership roles. They also created their own social organizations, starting the first sorority in 1970. In addition, as they quickly agitated for and won more equity in sports, female varsity teams were added.



 Pennsylvania Military Preparatory School (PMPS)

Pennsylvania Military Preparatory SchoolThis exhibit begins with a collection of photographs and bulletins, as well as a scrapbook by David Silverstein that illustrates his life while at Pennsylvania Military Preparatory School.  It includes Prep School Viewbooks and Regulation Books.

PMPS Newspapers

PMPS Yearbooks



PMC During World War II

PMC During World War IIThis exhibit includes photographs, newspaper articles, documents and course catalogs about the Accelerated Course of Study and Army Specialized Training Programs that the school provided during World War II.  It illustrates the important contributions made by PMC in preparing young men for military service.




View Books

Viewbooks This collection features view books from 1914 - 2006, offering dynamic images of student life spanning Pennsylvania Military College to Widener University.





Diversity Trailblazers

 Diversity TrailblazersThis exhibit highlights some of the notable, courageous trailblazers who broke ethnic and racial barriers, bringing diversity to our campus. The late 19th century saw an influx of international students, and in 1954 the first African American students arrived. Diversity on today’s campus has flourished out of the courage of these original trailblazers.


 Intersections - Sexuality and University Archives Together

Intersections - Sexuality and University Archives TogetherThis collection celebrates the intersections of the digital collections of both the Widener University Archives and the Sexuality Archives around the issues of gender, sexuality, feminism, and LGBTQ rights, among others. The collection includes images, pamphlets, and books.  Materials are presented in chronological order to show how Widener and its predecessor institutions served as a reflection of the evolution of thought on these issues.




For help, contact Jill Borin (610) 499-4376