News and Events

Appointment of Ashley L. Taylor as the Arlen Specter Project Archivist at the Archives Service Center (ASC) of the University of Pittsburgh.

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Ashley L. Taylor as the Arlen Specter Project Archivist at the Archives Service Center (ASC) of the University of Pittsburgh. A 2010 graduate of Pitt’s Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program, Ashley has worked at the ASC since 2009. She was first a graduate student assistant, and then hired as the project archivist in charge of the papers of Dr. Thomas Starzl. She is currently pursuing her Digital Archives Specialist certification through the Society of American Archivists (SAA). Ashley will be collaborating with Philadelphia University librarians, Karen Albert and Stan Gorski, on organizing and processing the extensive Specter collection, now stored at the University of Pittsburgh. For questions or information, contact Stan Gorski: or 215-951-2581

Presentation by investigative reporter Philip Shenon, author of the new book: A Cruel and Shocking Act : the Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination

Philip Shenon will present about his research regarding the Warren Commission and the aftermath of the assassination of President Kennedy

Monday, November 18

4:30 to 6:00pm

Paul J. Gutman Library Media Classroom

The event is free but seating is limited. Please RSVP by Friday November 15 to or call 215-951-2843.

After the presentation, guests are welcome to explore the Specter Center's inaugural exhibition, Single Bullet: Arlen Specter and the Warren Commission Investigation of the JFK Assassination.

For more information about Philip Shenon and his book, listen to his interview on the NPR program Fresh Air from October 28, 2013; and watch his interview on the CBS Program Face the Nation.

This event is made possible in part by the Selma Katz Trust, which honors the legacy of industrialist Lawrence Katz by supporting distinguished lectures at Philadelphia University

Management of Archives to be Cooperative Effort between Philadelphia University and the University of Pittsburgh

In an agreement that will promote access to and preservation of the papers of the late U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, Philadelphia University and the University of Pittsburgh will cooperatively manage the archive, which is part of the Arlen Specter Center for Public Service. Under the agreement, Pitt’s University Library System will organize and manage the Arlen Specter Collection over the next four years and store the collection for a period of 30 years. Philadelphia University retains ownership of the archive, and the two universities will collaborate on educational programming related to the archive and facilitate access to it by students, researchers, and the general public.

Philadelphia University has been accepted as a member of the Philadelphia Area Consortium for Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL)

Philadelphia University has been accepted as a member of the Philadelphia Area Consortium for Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL), which is prestigious area group comprised of 36 institutions – all with a strong interest in collecting, caring for, and sharing with a world-wide audience collections and archives of impressive depth and variety. The consortium sponsors numerous grant-funded projects which enhance the visibility, use, and recognition of the many extraordinary collections available in the Philadelphia region. Other members include: the Barnes Foundation, The Academy of Natural Sciences, Villanova, Temple University, and the University of Pennsylvania. Stan Gorski, Gutman Library’s Coordinator of Special Collections, will serve as the institution’s representative for PACSCL

Forthcoming : Exhibition on Arlen Specter’s role in the Warren Commission

Thanks to a generous grant from the PNC Foundation, a multidisciplinary team of Philadelphia University faculty, staff and students are developing an extensive exhibit to showcase Arlen Specter’s seminal role in the Warren Commission investigation of the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The exhibit opening, targeted for November, 2013, coincides with the 50th anniversary of the assassination. The exhibit will depict the Senator’s selection, participation, and unique contributions to the Commission’s activities and final report, with special focus on the “single-bullet theory or conclusion”, and associated long-term controversy.

The exhibition will take place within the Paul J. Gutman Library, Philadelphia University, and components will eventually be transferred to Roxboro House, the planned headquarters for the Arlen Specter Center for Public Service.

The following are participants in this collaborative, Nexus learning-type undertaking:

  • Frank Baseman, Program Director and Associate Professor, Graphic Design
  • Donald Dunham, Assistant Professor of Architecture
  • David Kratzer, Associate Professor of Architecture
  • Evan Laine, Director, Law & Society Program
  • Sarah Moore, Collections Curator, The Design Center
  • Karen Albert, Library Director; Coordinator, Arlen Specter Center
  • Stan Gorski, Collection Development Coordinator and Special Collections Librarian; Curator, Arlen Specter Center
  • Jenny Barr, Archivist, Arlen Specter Center
  • Elizabeth Lewis, Project Manager, formerly video producer for WHYY-PBS, and Senior Exhibit Developer and Designer at the Connecticut Historical Society

Students from a variety of Architecture and Graphic Design courses will be involved in concept creation, design, fabrication, and installation of exhibit components, including : Design VII (Kratzer) Philadelphia University Design Workshop (PUDW) (Baseman); Law & Society Independent Study (Laine); and Exhibition Design & Planning (Dunham).


Rob Skomorucha

Corporate, Foundation &
Government Relations


Phone: 215.951.2865

Karen Albert

Specter Center Coordinator


Phone: 215.951.2847

Stan Gorski

Specter Center Curator


Phone: 215.951.2581