Archives and Special Collections

The library houses the Ursinusiana collection — the College Archives — as well as a number of unique Special Collections that encompass such diverse topics as Pennsylvania German Folklife, apartheid in South Africa, and John Updike’s mother.

Ursinusiana Collection

The Ursinusiana Collection, located on the 2nd Floor of Myrin Library, contains publications by and about Ursinus College and its faculty, staff and students. Complete files of Ursinus catalogs, yearbooks, magazines, and student newspapers provide a continuous record of life at the College. Theses produced under the Departmental Honors and College Scholars Programs are available for consultation. There are extensive collections of photographs and memorabilia, including the bell from Freeland Hall, the original college building. Click the link above for more information.

The collection is accessible by appointment only.

Student Art Collection

Myrin Library has purchased student artwork for many years, all of which is on display throughout the building. For more details, click the link above. View a complete listing of the art here, with thumbnail images.

Pennsylvania Folklife Society Collection

The Pennsylvania Folklife Society Collection, located on the second floor of the Myrin Library, is an important, eclectic collection of manuscripts, published volumes, historical records and other materials from the 19th and 20th centuries pertaining to the Pennsylvania Germans. These materials were collected by Alfred Shoemaker during the 1940s, 50s and 60s and are, for the most part, unique. Shoemaker’s card file index to Pennsylvania Folklife provides a one-of-a-kind way to study the life and times of the Pennsylvania Germans. Click the link above for more information.

Contact: Diane Skorina at or 610.409.3022. The collection is accessible by appointment only.

The Grundy Collection: South African History

The Grundy Collection of scholarly articles, personal letters, rare newsletters, annotated manuscripts, and military records all pertaining to South Africa between the period of 1965 to 1994 reveals the debates, deceptions, and documentation of a world grappling with white supremacy as it breathed its dying institutional gasps. This collection brings Africa to life in suburban Philadelphia, allowing students, faculty, and the local community to immerse themselves in the experiences of African and world history.

Contact: Diane Skorina at or 610.409.3022. The collection is accessible by appointment only.


Linda Grace Hoyer Papers

The complete literary papers of Linda Grace Hoyer (C’ 23), mother of Pulitzer-prize winning author John Updike, are housed in Myrin Library. Hoyer met her husband, Wesley Russell Updike, when they were both students at Ursinus. John Updike donated the papers to the college upon her death. The collection is partially available in the Linda Grace Hoyer Family Correspondence digital collection in Digital Commons.

Contact: Andy Prock at or 610.409.3291. The collection is accessible by appointment only.