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Delaware Valley University Archives

The digital archives for Delaware Valley University

Mission Statement

The mission of the Delaware Valley University Archives is to collect, preserve, and make accessible materials that record the history of the university.  The collections highlight the activities of the university’s founder, students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, and patrons.  In support of the university’s teaching mission, the archives works closely with faculty to provide students opportunities to appreciate the research value of archival materials while learning about Delaware Valley University’s unique history.

From Farm School to University

In 1896, Dr. Rabbi Joseph Krauskopf opened the National Farm School in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Inspired by discussions with Leo Tolstoy, Krauskopf hoped to train Jewish immigrants in the United States as farmers. The school emphasized "science with practice."   

The school underwent several name changes through the years:

National Agricultural College in 1948

Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture in 1960

Delaware Valley University in 2015

Alma Mater

By the winding banks of Neshaminy, 
Stands our Alma Mater dear. 
We look o'er your fields we love, 
Cherished year by year. 
All hail your colors, Green and Gold, 
As they proudly wave on high. 
Treasured mem'ries fond and true
In our hearts will lie. 


With your inspiration great, 
Ever forward we will go, 
Fearless of the tasks ahead, 
Conquering each foe. 
To you, our college, let us sing
Praises of your honored name. 
Courage, strength and unity, 
Build an endless fame. 

A Unique Institution: Selected Pictures