Acts of Faith: University’s 125th Anniversary Celebrated in Times-Tribune

Sunday Times

The Scranton Times-Tribune dedicated a special insert in today’s Sunday Times to the University’s 125th Anniversary celebration – with lots of great photos from the Times-Tribune files as well as images from our own University Archives digital collections.

Check out the Times-Tribune website for all of the section’s articles, an interactive timeline, and a map of campus growth – or stop by the Library to take a look at the print version!

Honor Roll, 1945


In honor of our many veterans: This Honor Roll booklet from January 1945 lists 1,835 University of Scranton students and alumni who had served in the armed forces.

Find photographs, documents, news clippings, and more about the many veterans in the University community in our digital collections.


Clippings Collection: 100 Years of University of Scranton News

ClippingsCollnFor the past few months, we’ve been working on a giant digital collections project. Earlier this year, in preparation for the University’s 125th anniversary, we digitized 97 oversized scrapbooks, filled with newspaper clippings about the University, that were hiding in our basement.

There’s an immense variety of materials inside the books – some are dedicated to academics, others to athletics and alumni – and they date from as early as the 1890s to as recent as the 1980s. Some of the scrapbooks were in good shape, while others were falling apart:

What we’re working on now is processing and cataloging the digitized images, to make them easy to browse and search. While we’re only about a quarter of the way done, you can take a look at our progress by searching and browsing 9,000+ articles from the 20 scrapbooks currently available in our new University of Scranton Clippings Collection.

Note: Items in this collection are restricted to on-campus users only, but off-campus users will still be able to search and browse records for the articles.

We’ll be adding articles from the rest of the scrapbooks throughout the year, so check back often! You can also send questions or comments to us at

20th Anniversary Exhibit and Fun Giveaways

U of S Library, 1953


  • Did you know that the WML building is the third location for the University’s campus library?
  • Where was the first library on campus located?
  • How many years was the library located in the Alumni Memorial building?
  • How can students win fun prizes and giveaways?!?



Find out the answers to these questions and brush up on your knowledge of the library’s history by visiting the exhibit, “Card Catalogs, Computers, and Learning Commons.” As part of WML’s 20th Anniversary celebration the exhibit will be on display in the 5th floor Heritage Room throughout the fall semester.

Students are encouraged to test their knowledge of the library and win fun prizes with an exhibit trivia quiz, available in both print and mobile friendly versions on the 5th floor.  Answer the short quiz using the exhibit captions as hints and place the quiz in the box provided on the 5th floor.  All correct trivia winners (students only) will be entered into random drawings to win fun giveaways every week throughout the fall semester!

Pinterest, Posterity, and the 125-Year History of the University of Scranton


This summer, we’ve been experimenting with new ways of displaying and sharing all of the interesting items from the University Archives that we’ve uploaded into our digital collections. With the University’s 125th anniversary coming up next year, we’re especially looking for fun ways to share our campus history with University of Scranton students, alumni, and friends.

The Library’s Digital Services department has been putting together Pinterest boards to highlight some of our favorite photographs – and even our favorite Aquinas headlines – from the last 125 years. We’re still experimenting, so check out our pins and let us know what you think!

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Presidential Inaugurations through the Years

Walking around campus, you can see preparations are in full swing for tomorrow’s inauguration of the twenty-fifth president of the University of Scranton, Reverend Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., J.D., Ph.D.  As part of the festivities welcoming Fr. Quinn to the university community, we’d like to share a few images from some of the past presidential inaugurations.

Recently appointed as the eleventh university president, Bro. Eliseus Leonard, F.S.C. (1940-42), shakes hands with his predecessor, Bro. Denis Edward F.S.C. (1931-40).

At his inauguration ceremony, Rev. J. Eugene Gallery, S.J. (1947-53), fourteenth university president, receives a copy of the university’s original charter from Rev. Edward G. Jacklin, vice president of the university and dean of students.  Seated at the far left is Orphans’ Court Judge, James F. Brady.

Diamond anniversary convocation and inauguration of the sixteenth university president, Rev. Edward J. Sponga, S.J. (1963-56). He stands with Rev. William G. Kelly, S.J. (right).

The seventeenth university president, Rev. Aloysius C. Galvin, S.J. (1965-70) along with family members present at his inauguration. From left to right, John T. Galvin (brother), Sister Helen Mercedes, SND (sister), Fr. Galvin, and Mrs. Herbert O’Connor, Jr. (sister).

Inauguration of Rev. William J. Byron, S.J. (right), twenty-first university president (1975-82).  He shakes hands with Rev. Edwin A. Quain, S.J., who served as acting president in 1975.

Rev. J.A. Panuska, S.J. (1982-98) (right), twenty-second university president, receives the University Mace, a symbol of educational authority and institutional identity, from Fr. Byron.