Welcome to the Mercyhurst 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.

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Image of the Month: First Picture

Mercyhurst College opened its doors to young woman on September 20, 1926. The college had 23 students; 19 freshmen and 4 transfer students. Pictured right is the first photograph taken of the complex, which totaled 63,236 square feet.

Did you know?

Two weeks before the college opened in September 1926 the H.J. Conrath Construction company went on strike over a labor dispute at another construction site. However, this did not keep the Sisters of Mercy from finishing the building in time to open. Pictured left is the construction site .

New content: Mercyhurst Scrapbook Collection

Look through the Mercyhurst Scrapbook Collection to see more information about the first years of Mercyhurst and the wonderful pictures included in the scrapbook.