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Academy Archives

First page of John Phillips' Deed of Gift, dated May 17, 1781. This document essentially serves as the constitution of Phillips Exeter to the present day.

The Academy Archives serves as the official repository of all PEA records of enduring historical value. It appraises, preserves, and makes available a wide range of primary source material relating to the Academy's administrative, academic, legal, fiscal, and social history.

Research visits are by appointment. Contact the Archives or submit questions here.

Many Academy Archives collections are described briefly in the Library's online catalog; however, at this time, detailed finding aids and inventories are only available through contacting the Archivist.

Academy Records

Library archives campus yardThese collections include the records of the Academy that provide important evidence of the Academy's activities, organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures, and operations. They include materials such as minutes, correspondence, photographs, publications, maps, plans, programs in a multitude of formats.

Faculty Papers

Library Archives Bradbury Longfellow CilleyThis group includes papers of teaching faculty and professional staff that document the academic and administrative life of the Academy as reflected in the careers of individuals.

Academy Publications

Library Bulletin Spring 1963Academy publications include newsletters, newspapers, announcements, catalogs, bulletins, yearbooks, flyers, directories, handbooks, brochures, guides, manuals, maps, posters, programs, reports, rosters, and other ephemeral material. The Academy Archives maintains the official, permanent, non-circulating copy of these publications for reference and access.

Records of Student Life and Alumni/ae

Library Archives PEA Football 1879These are materials that document the daily life of PEA students and alumni/ae. They include such things as personal correspondence and student scrapbooks; biographical material; bibliographies, press releases, and records of student organizations; photographs of social and athletic events; sound and motion recordings of student performances, group projects or exhibitions; records and minutes of student government and administrative committees; and diaries, notebooks, and memorabilia that reflect student life.