Penn Libraries’ New Penn Website Archive

Because the Internet is now the primary medium for publishing news, announcements and university reports much of Penn’s history is at risk of being lost without systematic archiving. When Richard Griscom, Penn Libraries director of collections and liaison services, learned that no office on campus was archiving Penn website content, he knew it was time for the Penn Libraries to step up and address the issue. As a result of Mr. Griscom’s efforts, the Penn Libraries is engaging in an exciting archiving initiative to make sure Penn website content will be available for study by future researchers and historians.

The sites being archived include Penn’s main website ( as well as the websites of the Penn Libraries, the Penn Museum and the University Archives. To harvest content, the Libraries has scheduled quarterly “crawls” using Archive-It, a service affiliated with the Internet Archive.

The results of these “crawls” are archived and available for browsing on the following website:

For more information on the project, contact Mr. Griscom at