Penn State Behrend Archives

Located in the John M. Lilley Library, the Penn State Behrend Archives consists of three distinct collections.

  • The Hammermill Paper Company Collection is comprised of a variety of documents, photographs, and other materials reflecting the history of the company from its origins in 1898.
  • The Behrend Family Collection reveals the history of Ernst Behrend, founder of Hammermill Paper Company, and his wife, Mary Brownell Behrend, who donated the Glenhill Farm estate to Penn State in 1948 to honor her late husband by providing a home for a new college.
  • The Penn State Behrend Collection reveals college history through photographs, college publications, clipping files and scrapbooks.

Additional Archives


Historical Behrend Beacon

The Behrend Beacon is Penn State Erie, The Behrend College's student newspaper.  Issues of The Nittany Cub, Behrend Collegian, Penn State Behrend Collegian and Collegian (former titles of The Behrend Beacon), are available online.

Behrend College's first student newspaper, The Nittany Cub, filled the bins a mere month after the campus, known then as Behrend Center, opened for classes in the fall of 1948.  The cover story was a rousing thank you to Mary Behrend for the gift of land and buildings that provided for the new school's existence.  Through the years and the many title changes, the publishing of a student newspaper has been a proud Behrend tradition.  This digital content contains the issues from 1948 through 2010.

Funding of the digitization and creation of the on-line image database was made possible by the Verna Lombard Endowment,  Behrend College, Erie, PA. Contact: Richard L. Hart


The John M. Lilley Library Archives is available by appointment only. Please contact Jane Ingold, Associate Librarian, at 814-898-7278 or email her at


The mission of the Penn State Behrend Archives is to collect, arrange, preserve, and make available for research, materials of historical value pertaining to the Behrend Family, Penn State Behrend and the Hammermill Paper Company. The Archives supports the academic curriculum of Penn State Erie, The Behrend College and provides educational opportunities through its exhibits and presentations.