Using UArts Materials on the Internet Archive //
Many of the University of the Arts' archival materials (school catalogs, commencement programs, annual reports, exhibition catalogs, yearbooks, some scrapbooks) have been digitized and are freely available and downloadable via the Internet Archive. Here's a simple way to use it.
1. Go to http://www.archive.org/details/uarts
2. Click on Browse by Subject/Keywords
3. Find the institution you're interested in and browse through the list of subjects for something like commencement programs, annual reports, school catalogs, etc. All of the name changes of the school are cross-referenced, so if you want to look at school catalogs you only have to click on one version of the name (such as Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art--School catalogs).
4. Once those results display, there's a box on the right for sorting. Sorting by date is useful.
If you look at a single item you'll have different options on the left (under the flashing thumbnail) for how you want to view it. There's also a search-within-the-document function that works well, but don't rely on it 100% since it's just computers trying to "read" text.
If you want to know about courses, graduation requirements, or who the faculty were in a particular year, use the institution's school catalogs and annual reports.
It is highly recommended that researchers review the chronology of University of the Arts' mergers and name changes at http://library.uarts.edu/archives/uartsnamechanges.html. Many sources give incorrect forms of the school name or incorrect dates of the name changes. Those given here are correct.
Please contact the University of the Arts Registrar (registrar.uarts.edu) for student records or official confirmation of graduation. You can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 215-717- 6420. The University of the Arts Archives does not hold student records, personal papers, or artwork of students or faculty.