If they can, Penn history buffs usually read Gladly Learn and Gladly Teach (subtitled Franklin and His Heirs at the University of Pennsylvania, 1740 -1796) as a companion to Edward Potts Cheyney's History of the University of Pennsylvania 1740-1940, but the 200th-anniversary edition is hard to find outside the Rare Books section of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. Gladly Learn is at the Penn Book Store, or can be ordered from the University of Pennsylvania Press, $37.95.

In Search of Penn History

From time to time a newcomer to the University borrows our office copy of Gladly Learn and Gladly Teach (the personal copy, autographed by Meyerson and Winegrad, is unlendable), and returns it with a wistful, "I guess it's out of print...".

Well, no. The most recent Penn history is alive and well, and is on the University of Pennsylvania Press's booklist this year as part of a collection of Books of Regional Interest.

This discovery led to an impromptu survey in which we asked the librarians and/or development officers of the Schools if other histories are available. Shown here are the covers of some volumes we found:

GSFA's The Book of the School, edited by Ann Strong and George Thomas and published by the Graduate School of Fine Arts for its centennial celebration in 1990.

The University Museum's oversize Through Time, Across Continents, by Dilys Winegrad, published by the Museum.

GSE's Pedagogy, Professionalism and Policy, a 1986 history of the Graduate School of Education by Willam Brickman.

Medicine's Innovation and Tradition at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine: An Anecdotal Journey by David Cooper III and Marshall Ledger, a 225th-anniversary edition published in 1990.

Wharton's centennial edition, The Pragmatic Imagination: A History of the Wharton School 1881-1981, by Stephen Sass.

Dental Med's A Century of Dentistry, by Milton Asbell, also a centennial volume, though its first century ended earlier, in 1973.

Vet Medicine's A Legacy of Promise: The First 100 Years, 1884-1984, by John Martin.

We also found that the School of Social Work has a history in monograph form, now undergoing revision...the School of Nursing has a manuscript history done by the late Dean

Dorothy Mereness, kept in the Center for the Study of the History of Nursing...the Law School published a brief history in the Winter 1995 edition of the School's Journal...and SAS now keeps its brief history on the Web: http://www.sas.upenn.edu/SAS/sashist.html.

Ed. Note: If other schools or centers have histories to add to this list, please send information to me at gaines@pobox.upenn.edu. --K.C.G.


Volume 43 Number 16
December 17, 1996

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