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Civil Rights photography at the Penn Libraries

A new collaboration between the Penn Art Collection and the Penn Libraries has mounted its first exhibition on the fifth floor of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center. “Time of Change: Civil Rights Photography of Bruce Davidson” is on view through May 20.

Louisa Shepard

Nine honored at Alumni Award of Merit Gala

At the 2023 Alumni Award of Merit Gala, eight distinguished alumni will receive Awards of Merit, the Creative Spirit Award, and the inaugural Penn Alumni Social Impact Award, and Camille Z. Charles will receive the Faculty Award of Merit.

Amanda Mott

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Philadelphia Tribune

Preparing the archives: Sun Ra comes to Kislak Center

Samantha Hill of Penn Libraries discusses the recent acquisition of two collections of archival materials by Sun Ra, a prolific jazz musician and forefather to the Afrofuturist movement.


Cleveland Jewish News

University of Pennsylvania buys medieval Hebrew manuscript collection

Penn has acquired a collection including scrolls and scroll fragments, manuscript leaves and manuscript fragments, complete and partial books, birth records from a Yemenite family and tefillin.


Pennsylvania Capital Star

Universities, nonprofits step up to aid depleted Philadelphia public school libraries

Gina Pambianchi discusses the Penn Libraries’ efforts to support Philadelphia public school libraries.


Philadelphia Inquirer

The life and work of acclaimed Black children’s author and illustrator Ashley Bryan is honored in a new Penn exhibit

Lynne Farrington of the Kislack Center comments on a new Penn Libraries exhibit celebrating the late Black children’s author and illustrator Ashley Bryan.


Broadway World

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries acquires archives of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Academy of Music

Penn Libraries has acquired the archives of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Academy of Music, with remarks from President Liz Magill and Constantia Constantinou of Penn Libraries.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

The history of the Philadelphia Orchestra now lives at Penn

Vice Provost Constantia Constantinou of Penn Libraries describes how Penn is equipped and staffed to give the Philadelphia Orchestra's archive the attention it deserves.