Visiting the Archives

The Archives is located on the third level of the Wolfgram Memorial Library and is open by appointment. Call (610) 499-4591 or (610) 499-4376 for more information or to arrange to use the Archives. In order to assure proper preservation of these unique Archival resources, materials must remain in the library while in use. However, the Archives has made copies of some of these materials available in the regular Wolfgram Memorial Library Collection  for use outside the Archives, as well as at the Library's Reference Desk.  In addition, many of these materials are available online at


Archival Material Available at the Library's Reserve Desk

COURSE CATALOGS (Bulletins)    

  • 1986-present                          Paper
  • 1856-2000                              Microfilm
  • 1856-present                          Online


  • 1964-2010                              Bound Volumes
  • 1900-1998                              Microfilm
  • 1900-2010                              Online


  • 1877-2002                              Microfilm
  • 1877-2008                              Online  


The Reserve Desk provides a series of notebooks that contain articles on a variety of historical topics, including:

  • A General History of PMC and Widener University
  • The Widener Family
  • Old Main
  • The Castle
  • The Manor House
  • John Lance Geoghegan (Vietnam hero, depicted in the movie "We Were Soldiers")
  • Burt Mustin, TV Actor, Class of 1903
  • Information about the history of the City of Chester 

Published Books

  • A History of Pennsylvania Military College: 1821-1954. (Also Available Online).
  • Pennsylvania Military College: The Story of One Hundred Years, 1821-1921. (Also Available Online).
  • Widener College: Minimizing Conflict in Accomplishing Change.
  • Beneath the Dome of PMC: The Story of Pennsylvania Military College 1821-1972.