The Special Collections Processing Center (SCPC) of the University of Pennsylvania’s Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts is responsible for cataloging rare books, manuscripts, and archival collections for use by the general public. Every day, treasures from our past are worked on by the SCPC’s staff members. These treasures range from very old books (incunables that date pre-1501), to broadsides and pamphlet collections, to indulgences, to diaries and travel journals, to collections of papers created by authors, musicians, and the co-inventor of the computer, to name only a few.
Recently united under Regan Kladstrup, Assistant Director of the Special Collections Processing Center, rare book catalogers and manuscript processors are all working together in the new Special Collections Processing Center on the 5th floor of the Van Pelt Library. This new space should result in increased collaboration and sharing of knowledge and methodologies, which will produce creative solutions to providing greater access to the Kislak Center’s amazing material.
Processed collections can be found via Franklin and the Penn Finding Aids Site; but our blog is our opportunity to talk about what we love, what surprises us, and what we learn from the treasures within our collections! Check back frequently for the most recent SCPC finds.