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Begun in 2006, this partnership between the Penn State Alumni Association and the University Libraries gives you access to Penn State Libraries’ Digitized Collections. As a Penn State Alumni Association member, you will have access to a selection of online databases not available to the general public. Databases include: Ebsco's Academic Search, JSTOR, Project MUSE, ProQuest API, and ProQuest National Newspapers. Additional databases added in April, 2015: Mergent Archives, Mergent Intellect, Mergent Key Business Ratios, Mergent Online, and Hoover's

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Business databases now available through the Alumni Library

Thanks to the generosity of Mergent Inc., a leading provider of company and industry information, Penn State Alumni Association members have access to five business databases: Hoover’s, Mergent Archives, Mergent Intellect, Mergent Key Business Ratios, and Mergent Online. Mergent has afforded alumni access to these products as part of the University Libraries’ annual subscriptions to these databases.

Hoover’s provides company profiles, lists of competitors, financial information, SEC filings (including the 10-K), and more. Mergent Archives is useful for historical research as it provides access to a collection of corporate and industry related documents, including corporate annual reports.  

See our Members Services page for database descriptions and links to each database and other members-only research tools.

Civil War Era Diaries

Civil War Era Diaries Portal

The new Civil War Era Diaries Portal offers digitized, searchable access to diaries ofindividuals including soldiers serving on several fronts and from Daniel Elias Frantz. An18-year-old in 1865 recording daily life and business activities selling books, he alsodescribes a pleasure trip to New York City and Coney Island.

Civil War Era Diaries PortalThe new Civil War Era Diaries Portal offers digitized, searchable access to diaries ofindividuals including soldiers serving on several fronts and from Daniel Elias Frantz. An18-year-old in 1865 recording daily life and business activities selling books, he alsodescribes a pleasure trip to New York City and Coney Island.
Civil War Era Diaries PortalThe new Civil War Era Diaries Portal offers digitized, searchable access to diaries ofindividuals including soldiers serving on several fronts and from Daniel Elias Frantz. An18-year-old in 1865 recording daily life and business activities selling books, he alsodescribes a pleasure trip to New York City and Coney Island.

Another highlight …

Digitized content from the Special Collections Library’s summer exhibit “CentralPennsylvania Festival of the Arts at 50: Making Lasting Memories” and Hintz FamilyAlumni Center exhibit “Golden Memories: Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts at50” will feature photographs, publications, and documents from the University Libraries’ Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts Archives. (Flickr album)