Celebrate Preservation Week (April 26 – May 2) by diving into Jefferson’s Archives!

Today kicks off Preservation Week, a public awareness initiative that works to promote preservation and conservation. Preservation Week highlights the value that libraries and museums play in sharing history and providing perspective.  

Celebrate Preservation Week by checking out Thomas Jefferson University’s Center City Archives & Special Collections. The collection, managed by Scott Memorial Library archivists and librarians, is vast and includes materials you can explore online. Digital archives and online collections range from oral histories to videos of anatomical flap books and Jefferson Medical College yearbooks.

And we’re not the only ones talking about Jefferson’s archives! Billy Penn, a WHYY-owned website with original and curated stories about Philadelphia, recently highlighted the Jefferson archives! Read the article, Inside the Jefferson medical archives, where the most popular item is 1840’s ‘Anatomy of the Breast,‘ for an overview of the archives and details on the most popular items.

Highlights of the archives:

  • The history of Jefferson and African American graduates 
  • Stories from Jefferson’s first women graduates 
  • Genealogy resources

Celebrate Preservation Week by investigating your family history at Jefferson, discovering what Philadelphia was like in the 1800s, and exploring papers and notes from medical greats like Thomas Mütter, Samuel Gross, and George McClellan.

Thomas Jefferson University – Center City Archives & Special Collections is part of the Scott Memorial Library and is maintained by university archivists and librarians.