Philadelphia University History

Founding

Due to the poor quality of United States textiles shown at the Centennial Exhibition in 1876, interest grew for the development of some type of formalized vocational training in textile manufacturing. The Philadelphia Textile Manufacturers Association supported this idea. Theodore Search an active member of the Association and a member of the board of trustees of the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art was a leader in bringing this idea to fruition.

1884

Theodore Search instructs 5 students in textile mill bookkeeping in an evening class. 

First Location: 1709 Chestnut St., Philadelphia

 

Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art

The new textile school becomes a department of the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art. 

 

Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art at 1336 Spring Garden St.

In June, P.M.S.I.A. purchases a new building at 1336 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia. 

 

1885

The textile department starts day classes, 81 students are enrolled in the textile school.

 

1887

School of Chemistry & Dyeing

The School of Chemistry & Dyeing is founded. Classes are held at 1346 & 1348 Spring Garden St. 

 

1888

Enrollment for the entire school stands at 268 students; 11 countries and 9 states are represented. 

 

1889

More space is needed; negotiations are initiated with the University of Pennsylvania but meet with no success. 

 

1890

Enrollment for the entire school stands at 300 students. 

 

1891

Space at 1303-1307 Buttonwood St.

Space is rented at 1303-1307 Buttonwood Street for the Textile School; the Art School remains at 1336 Spring Garden. 

 

Emanuel Anthony Posselt resigns and E.W. France becomes Director at the Textile School.

 

1892

PMSIA at Broad & Pine Streets

An offer is made by P.M.S.I.A. to purchase the Pennsylvania Institute of Deaf and Dumb at Broad & Pine Streets, Philadelphia.

 

1893

The building is purchased and classes meet for the first time on September 10, 1893. Both the Art School and the Textile School move into the new quarters and the building at 1336 is sold.

Enrollment for the entire school stands at 404 students.

 

1894

Department of Cotton Carding and Spinning

The School of Textiles adds a Department of Wool Carding & Spinning and a Department of Cloth Finishing.

Enrollment for the entire school stands at 590 students.

First Course Catalog for the Textile School

The first separate course catalog for the Textile School is made available. 

 

1895

Enrollment for the entire school stands at 712 students

 

1896

Department of Cotton Carding and Spinning

Department of Cotton Carding and Spinning is added.

 

1898

Worsted Spinning

Course of study in Worsted Spinning is added.

First faculty committee is formed.

 

1900

First Student Athletic Association

The first student athletic association is formed

 

1902

An alumni association for the school is founded.

 

1910

Course in Hosiery Knitting

A course in Hosiery Knitting is added to the curriculum.

 

1916

First Textile School's Yearbook

The first issue of the Textile School's yearbook, "ANALYSIS", is published.

 

1918

Student Army Training Corps

Temple University and P.M.S.I.A. establish a Student Army Training Corps.

 

1922

The Textile School receives $400,000 from the sale of German dyestuffs seized during World War I. 

 

1926

Theodore C Search

The founder of the school, Theodore C. Search, dies of a heart attack.

 

1934

The 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Textile School.

 

1937

First business courses are added to the curriculum.

 

1940

E.W. France retires; M.E. Heard is appointed Dean

 

1942

The name of the Textile School is officially changed to the Philadelphia Textile Institute. Authorization is given by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to the school to award college degrees.

 

1943

M.E. Heart resigns as Dean of P.T.I. Richard S. Cox is appointed as the new Dean.

 

1945

Martha Jungerman

The first full-time female faculty member is hired by P.T.I. Martha Jungerman taught in the textile department from 1945 to 1958.

 

1946

Kolb Estate

The Textile Foundation (a fundraising organization completely separate from the Museum School) purchases the Kolb estate in Germantown, for the new campus of P.T.I.

 

1947

Bertrand W. Hayward is appointed Director of Philadelphia Textile Institute.

 

1948

Hayward Hall

Hayward Hall

Hesslein Library

Hesslein Library

Construction is started on a new classroom building (eventually Hayward Hall) and the Hesslein Library (will eventually become the bookstore and mail room, demolished 2005) These are the first buildings to be built on the new campus.

 

1949

The classroom building and library are completed and open with the start of classes at the Germantown campus.

The Board of Trustees of P.T.I decide to separate from the Museum School; the school incorporates as a separate institution. 

 

1952

First honorary degrees are presented by the Institute: Colonial Millard D. Brown receives a Doctor of Textiles and Alban Eavenson receives a Doctor of Textile Science.

 

1954

Richard S. Cox resigns as Dean and joins the Textile Foundation as the Executive Secretary. Bertrand W. Hayward is elected President of the Institute. 

 

1955

The Institute is accredited by the Middle States Association of College and Secondary Schools.

Scholler Hall

The first separate dormitory (Scholler Hall) is completed. 

 

1959

Althouse Hall

Construction on a new student union building (Althouse Hall) is started.

75th Anniversary

Seventy-fifth Anniversary

 

1960

On November 14, 1960 the Philadelphia Textile Institute changes its name to the Philadelphia College of Textile and Sciences.

 

1967

Pastore Library

Construction on the Pastore Library is started (the current Architecture and Design Building).

 

1970

President's Residence

Roseneath Farms is purchased by the college; the buildings will eventually be destroyed by a fire but the 7 acres of land prove to be invaluable in the future development of the college campus. 

The current residence of the President of the College is purchased from David and Emily Matlack.

Textile's basketball team bets Tennessee at the NCAA tournament and becomes the best college team in the nation.

 

1972

Lankenau School

PCTS buys the Lankenau School; this purchase adds a number of buildings and 22.5 acres to the school's property holdings.

 

Included: 

Archer Hall

Archer Hall

Downs Hall

Downs Hall

Student Center

Student Center (demolished 2006)

 

1973 

Bertrand Hayward retires as President; Lawson A. Pendleton is appointed President.

 

1975

Gibbs Hall

The residence of Mrs. Elizabeth Gibbs is donated to the college (Gibbs Hall).

 

1977

Pendleton steps down as President and Donald B. Partridge is appointed President. 

Paley Design Center

Blanche Paley donates the home of her mother, Goldie Paley (Paley Design Center) to PCTS.

 

1978

First MBA degrees are awarded.

 

1982

Ravenhill

The college purchases the Academy of the Assumption (Ravenhill).

 

1984

James P. Gallagher becomes the President of the college

Centennial Founding of School

Centennial of the founding of the school.

 

1985

The first branch campus is opened in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. 

 

1992

Gutman Library

The new library (Paul J. Gutman Library) is opened; the Pastore Library is renovated and becomes the Architecture and Design Building.

 

1993

White Corners

PCTS purchases "White Corners" from Penn Charter; this building will be renovated and will house "Admissions."

 

1996

The first architectural degree is awarded. 

 

1998

Roxboro House

Roxboro House is purchased by PCTS from Sandi & Jerry Cohen.

 

1999

Philadelphia University Logo

The name of Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science is changed to Philadelphia University.

Independence Plaza

Independence Plaza apartment complex is acquired by the University. 

 

2000

Tuttleman Center

In June, the University broke ground on the Tuttleman Center, a new, high-tech classroom building.

 

2003

Philadelphia University offered its first doctoral program, a Ph.D in Textile Engineering and Science. 

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