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Research Repositories

The Abraham Lincoln Foundation of The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 215-587-5568

Library: Specializing in the American Civil War and The Union League of Philadelphia.

The Academy of Natural Sciences Ewell Stewart Sale Library

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1195
Phone: 215-299-1040

Museum and Library: Founded in 1812, the library's resources focus on natural history and the environment from the 16th century to the present; holdings include over 200,000 volumes, plus archives, photographs, art, and artifacts

The American Philosophical Society

105 South 5th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: 215-440-3400

Library: Founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743, the Society houses one of the nation's principal collections in the history of science, anthropology, and early America.

Athenaeum of Philadelphia

219 South 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: 215-925-2688

Museum and Library: Founded in 1814, the Athenaeum houses a nationally significant collection on architecture and design history.

Bryn Mawr College
Mariam Coffin Canaday Library

101 N. Merion Ave.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899
Phone: 610-526-6576

Academic Library: British and American literary history; European travel accounts to Africa, Asia and Latin America; Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts and books; women's history, especially suffrage; women writers and artists

City of Philadelphia Department of Records Philadelphia City Archives

548 Spring Garden St,
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Phone: 215-685-9401

Municipal Archive: City records not in current use and possessing historical, administrative, legal, research, cultural or other important value. Home of the online archive of historic photographs. Currently closed as it relocates to new quarters; reopening late summer/fall 2018.

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Historical Medical Library

19 South 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-399-2304

Museum and Library: Library collections focus on medical history: books, journals, prints/photographs, physician papers, and institutional archives. The Mütter Museum is known for its nineteenth-century collection of anatomical and pathological specimens.

Curtis Institute of Music John de Lancie Library and Curtis Archives

1720 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-893-5265

Archives: The Curtis Institute of Music Special Collections and Archives holds over 340 linear feet of materials, including 66 donated manuscript collections, more than 400 audiovisual materials, and 8000 photographs.

Drexel University Archives and Special Collections

33rd and Market Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 215-895-6706

Drexel University Archives and Special Collections collects the records created by Drexel University administrative offices and academic departments from 1892 to the present.

Drexel University College of Medicine Legacy Center

2900 West Queen Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19129
Phone: 215-991-8340

The Legacy Center: Archives and Special Collections on Women in Medicine and Homeopathy is the repository for records documenting the history of the College and its predecessor institutions including Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University.

Franklin & Marshall College Shadek Fackenthal Library

P. O. Box 3003
Lancaster, PA 17604-3003
Phone: 717-291-4225

Library and Archive: Materials documenting Pennsylvania-German culture, the classics, the natural sciences, exploration, the United States Civil War, Benjamin Franklin, and the history of Franklin and Marshall College.

Free Library of Philadelphia Special Collections Division

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-686-5415

Public Library: Collections include illuminated manuscripts, Americana, common law, children's literature and illustrations, and Pennsylvania German Fraktur. The Central Library houses special collections in other departments; consult website.

German Society of Pennsylvania Joseph P. Horner Memorial Library

611 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
Phone: 215-627-2332

Library and Archives: The library houses approximately 60,000 volumes; three-quarters are in German. The library's collections include the historic reading library of the German Society, with rare holdings in German and American history, literature and culture since the 18th century. Other special collections document German-American life in the United States since 1683, including books, pamphlets, manuscripts, and German-American newspapers and periodicals.

Hagley Museum & Library

298 Buck Road
Wilmington, DE 19807
Phone: 302-658-2400

Museum and Library: Founded by Pierre S. du Pont. The library's collections of 37,000 linear feet of manuscripts, 290,000 titles, more than 2 million images, and over 320,000 digital artifacts document the history of American business and technology.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections

370 Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, PA 19041
Phone: 610-896-1161

Academic Library: Quaker books and mss, 17th century to present, especially regarding Native Americans, civil rights and women's rights, Quakers in Japan; other rare books and manuscripts dating back to the 13th century; photographs and historic maps.

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania

1300 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-732-6200

Library - Local, Regional, National, and Family History: Strengths in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, with additional material on the original 13 states. Incorporates the collections of The Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies (through a merger in 2002) and The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania (through a Strategic Alliance in 2006).

Independence Seaport Museum J. Welles Henderson Archives and Library

211 South Columbus Blvd. and Walnut Street
Penn's Landing
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: 215-413-8640

Library, Archives and Museum: Independence Seaport Museum’s Archives and Library is one of the nation’s finest regional maritime research facilities, offering an impressive range of materials widely used by historians, authors, genealogists, teachers, students, sailors, filmmakers, boat and model builders, and the merely curious from all over the world.

La Salle University Connelly Library

1900 West Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141-1199
Phone: 215-951-1285

Academic Library: Strengths include Imaginative Representations of the Vietnam War, the Holocaust, and Trauma Literatures; the Owen Wister Collection; the life and work of Bob Dylan; Illustrated Woodcut Bibles; Tea Ceremony and other local historical documents relating to La Salle's heritage and grounds.

Lehigh University, Linderman Library

30 Library Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Phone: 610-758-5185

Lehigh University's Special Collections holds a rare book collection of over 40,000 volumes, with first editions of English and American literature dating from the 17th to the 19th centuries.

The Library Company of Philadelphia

1314 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-546-3181

The Library Company of Philadelphia is an independent research library specializing in American history and culture from the 17th through the 19th centuries. Open to the public free of charge, the Library Company houses an extensive non-circulating collection of rare books, manuscripts, broadsides, ephemera, prints, photographs, and works of art.

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
Krauth Memorial Library

7301 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119
Phone: 215-248-6329

Library-Religion: Original Reformation-era publications; Lutheran liturgical publications from the 16th to 18th century; early printed Bibles and Books of Hours. The Seminary campus also hosts the Lutheran Archives for the region.

National Archives at Philadelphia

14700 Townsend Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154
Phone: 215-305-2044

Archive: Historically significant records of Federal agencies and courts from the region—immigration records, landmark court cases, military records, more—documenting the rights of Americans, the actions of the Federal government, and the American experience.

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society McLean Library

100 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-988-8782

Library: America's first horticultural society. Strong collection of American and European gardening classics, as well as books, catalogs and images documenting history of Delaware Valley horticulture.

Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center Catholic Historical Research Center of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

6740 Roosevelt Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19149
Phone: (215) 904-8149

Archive: CHRC contains the archives of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the collections of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Museum of Art Library

2525 Pennsylvania Avenue
(Mailing address: Box 7646, Philadelphia 19101-7646)
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone: 215-684-7650

Museum and Library—Fine Arts: The Philadelphia Museum of Art's Library and Archives, located in the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building, constitute a comprehensive resource for art history research and study, with an emphasis on the collections of the Museum. They serve the Museum's staff--curators, conservators, educators, and guides--as well as visiting scholars, college and university students, and the general public.

Philadelphia University

4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144
Phone: 215-951-2840

Special collections strengths include the history of textile management and production in the 19th and 20th century; the Philadelphia Centennial; local history of the Germantown and East Falls neighborhoods; and a Philadelphia post card collection. The library has also received the complete archives of Senator Arlen Specter's 30 year career in the United State Senate.

Presbyterian Historical Society

425 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone: 215-627-1852

Founded in 1852 and serving as the national archives of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), includes official records, personal papers, books, and images documenting the history of the church and the Reformed tradition in America.

Princeton University, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections

Princeton, NJ 08540

The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections holdings span five millennia and five continents, and include around 300,000 rare or significant printed works; 30,000 linear feet of textual materials, ranging from cuneiform tablets to contemporary manuscripts; a wealth of prints, drawings, photographs, maps, coins, and other visual materials; the Cotsen Children's Library; and the Princeton University Archives. The recently-gifted Scheide Library is also associated with the Department.

Rosenbach Museum & Library

2008-2010 Delancey Place
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-732-1600

Museum and Library: Collections are especially strong in manuscript and printed American History, British literature, and book illustration; also large special collections of James Joyce, Marianne Moore, and Maurice Sendak.

Rowan University Libraries Archives and Special Collections

201 Mullica Hil Road
Glassboro, NJ 08028
Phone: (856) 256-4967

Rowan University Archives and Special Collections (RUASC) holds approximately 600 linear feet of manuscript collections and University Archives papers and 17,000 linear feet of books and journals. RUASC collects in the areas of southern New Jersey history, southern New Jersey Quaker history, 19th and 20th century children’s books, University Archives and faculty papers, and University publications.

Science History Institute Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Library of Chemical History

315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: 215-873-8205

Library, archives and museum: CHF's collections represents centuries of the material culture of the chemistry and related sciences, technologies, and industries.

State Library of Pennsylvania

Location: 607 South Drive
Mailing Address: 333 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17126-1745
Phone: 717-787-4440

Library: The State Library of Pennsylvania collects and preserves our written heritage through materials published for, by, and about Pennsylvania. Collection strengths are Pennsylvania Newspapers, Genealogy, Pamphlets, and General Assembly Collection.

Swarthmore College McCabe Library / Friends Historical Library / Peace Collection

500 College Avenue
Swarthmore, PA 19081-1399
Phone: 610-328-8493 general reference

Academic and Research Libraries: Quaker history, doctrine, and activity in various fields; Indian rights, women's rights, and abolition of slavery; the history of the peace movement. Fine Press and artists' books; rare book collections in the history of technology and science, Wordsworth, Thomson, and Auden.

Temple University Libraries

1210 Polett Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Academic Library: The Special Collections Research Center includes the Urban Archives, Philadelphia Jewish Archives collections, rare books and manuscripts, science fiction and fantasy, the Contemporary Culture Collection printing/publishing/bookselling records, the Philadelphia Dance Collection, and the University Archives (Templana Collection).

University of Delaware Morris Library

181 College Avenue
Newark, DE 19717-5267
Phone: 302-831-2229

Academic Library: Books, manuscripts, and other materials from the fifteenth to the twenty-first century with particular strengths in the arts; English, Irish, and American literature; history and Delawareana; horticulture; and history of science and technology.

University of Pennsylvania Rare Book and Manuscript Library

3420 Walnut Street, sixth floor
(enter on Locust Walk)
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206
Phone: 215-898-7088

Academic Library: American, British, & Continental history, literature, & philosophy; medieval & Renaissance studies; Shakespeare; history of science & technology, esp. chemistry; cookery; book history & arts; local arts history; South Asia; Judaica.

Villanova University Falvey Memorial Library

800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085-1683
Phone: 610-519-5271

Academic Library: Augustiana, European imprints to 1800, Hubbard/Roycrofter Press, Irish and Irish-American history, incunabula, fine bindings, North American imprints to 1820. Also hosts university archives and the Augustinian Historical Institute.

Wagner Free Institute of Science

1700 Montgomery Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19121
Phone: 215-763-6529, ext. 12

Museum and Library: Founded in 1855 as a free educational institution. The library collections focus on natural and physical sciences, engineering, education, and technology from the 17th through the early 20th century.

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE 19735
Phone: 302-888-4681

Museum and Library: American decorative arts and material culture. Includes architecture and design pattern books, trade catalogs, manuscripts, printed ephemera, Shaker Collection, Decorative Arts Photographic Collection.

Resources gathered from the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries