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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.

Wilkes Barre Yearbooks

Campus yearbooks

Penn State Wilkes-Barre, now celebrating its centennial, published yearbooks under several names from 1955 through 1976, all recently digitized by the University Libraries. In addition, the Libraries has digitized several other campuses’ yearbooks, including University Park’s La Vie as well as those from Penn State Behrend, DuBois, Greater Allegheny, and York.

Another highlight …

The Mira Dock Forestry Lantern Slides Collection, 468 glass lantern slides (c. 1897-1902) apparently used in Dock’s Mont Alto Forestry School lectures, provides an interesting period perspective on ecology. A noted champion for the city beautiful movement and for Pennsylvania forest restoration, Dock was the first woman appointed to a Pennsylvania government position.

Mira Dock Forestry Lantern Slides Collection