Special Collections, Robert E. Eiche Library


The Eiche Collection consists of an eclectic assortment of materials including books, periodicals, letters, personal papers, and ephemera such as scrapbooks, photographs, and posters. The collection spans from 1840s-1970s, with the majority of items clustered around 1930s-1950s. The materials are from the personal library of Robert E. Eiche (1903-1973), who served as Penn State Altoona’s first campus director from its founding in 1939 until 1968.


To find circulating Eiche Collection books:

  • Go to the CAT and click on the Advanced Search option
  • Type “Eiche” in the “Topic: Title + Subject” field.
  • Choose “Penn State Altoona” as the Library and “Book” as the Material type.

Non-circulating manuscripts and ephemera can be checked out as a two-hour room reserve only. Ask at the circulation desk.


Collection Highlights