an arial photo of ֦Ƶapp College in the 1930s

University Archives

Welcome to the ֦Ƶapp University Archives!

The University Collections contain a wealth of primary source material pertaining to important documents, institutional records, ephemera and realia about the university. The Ridge Collection contains material pertaining to important public policy matters covering Governor Ridge's time in office, along with extensive resources pertaining to First Lady Michele Ridge's commitment to and involvement with a number of important issues affecting the lives of Pennsylvanians.

classroom in old main in 1926

Donating Materials

The ֦Ƶapp University Archives is the official repository for the intellectual, cultural, and administrative history of the university. The archives are dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of ֦Ƶapp University by collecting, preserving, and providing access to university materials that have lasting historical value.

If you are interested in donating material to the ֦Ƶapp University Archives or Thomas J. & Michele Ridge Collection, please contact Bryan Colvin, university archivist, at or 814-824-2295.

Explore the Archives

    Learn more about our university's history by reading about ֦Ƶapp University, its archives, Sister Mary Lawrence Franklin, and its Thomas J. and Michele Ridge Collection. Preview a timeline of our university's history, from when our founder, Catherine Elizabeth McAuley, was born in 1778 to 2023. Read more about the history of our university's advertisements, athletics, AIM program, gates, Grotto, Hammermill Library, O'Neil Tower, signature programs, and the Sisters of Mercy.

    The Thomas J. and Michele Ridge Collection at ֦Ƶapp University covers the timeline of their years in public service. Consisting primarily of documents, audiovisual material, photographs, and artifacts, the Ridge Collection includes Thomas Ridge’s services as the U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania’s 21st district (1983-1995), and, more extensively, his two terms as the 43rd Governor of Pennsylvania (1995-2001). The Collection also includes Michele Ridge’s papers from her time as First Lady of Pennsylvania (1995-2001).