Archives and Special Collections

The library houses the Ursinusiana collection — the College Archives — as well as a number of unique Special Collections that encompass such diverse topics as Pennsylvania German Folklife, apartheid in South Africa, and John Updike’s mother.

Linda Grace Hoyer Papers

The complete literary papers of Linda Grace Hoyer (C’ 23), mother of Pulitzer-prize winning author John Updike, are housed in Myrin Library. Hoyer met her husband, Wesley Russell Updike, when they were both students at Ursinus. John Updike donated the papers to the college upon her death. The collection is partially available in the Linda Grace Hoyer Family Correspondence digital collection in Digital Commons.

Contact: Andy Prock at or 610.409.3291. The collection is accessible by appointment only.