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Anderson Ellis drawing card

Drawing Cards in the Albert A. Anderson Jr. and Evelynn M. Ellis Art Education Collection

One of the difficulties in locating examples of early drawing publications is that they were designed to be used frequently—and they were, often to the point of destruction. This accounts for their relative scarcity compared with other kinds of published works of the same period; there simply are not many left.  ... read more about the Anderson Ellis Art Education Collection

Emilie Davis Diaries book cover

Emilie Davis's Civil War

The Diaries of a Free Black Woman in Philadelphia, 1863–1865 Edited by Judith Giesberg, transcribed and annotated by The Memorable Days Project ... go to the Penn State Press book

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The Stones of the Obelisk

The Stones of the Obelisk

Constructed in 1896, the obelisk, also called the polylith, stands 32.7 feet high and weighs 53.4 tons. This "pile of rocks" was created the same year the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (formerly the School of Mines) came into existence. The obelisk, built by State College stonemason Michael Womer, began as a kind of answer to all the requests the college had been receiving for information on stones.  On this site, move your mouse over the stones of the obelisk to see information about each more about The Obelisk