About SCPC

P1080936The 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.

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  1. My name is Joyce Newell Sundheim, author of a recent publication about my father, a 1934 graduate of Univ. of Penn. with a masters degree in Sociology and Anthropology, entitled “Rolling Thunder Stomping Out Indifference.” He had been a research assistant while in attendance in Ethnology, Archeology and Anthropology at the university museum as well in 1934. William B. Newell rose from obscurity as a 21 year old uneducated Mohawk/Penobscot Indian to be a well respected Sociology/Anthropology professor; lifting up his people all the while with his compelling voice and persuasive manner. He spoke to hundreds of organizations in his lifetime on the contributions of the American Indian to civilization. questioning just how much the Indian influenced Europeans, as much as how the reverse was considered to be true. I would like to have it considered as a resource for students studying in this field and would appreciate knowing who I should contact about this possibility. It is a compelling biography of a fairly recent native and his struggle to succeed in the white man’s world. Where should I send a copy? His life span: 1892 – 1981. It is an inspirational story of his life. I am at sundheimjoyce@gmail.com

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