Member Profiles

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Abraham Lincoln Foundation of The Union League of Philadelphia

The Abraham Lincoln Foundation of The Union League of Philadelphia

140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
215-587-5568 voice
215-851-8789 fax

The collections are available for research Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. Materials will not be pulled after 4:30pm on any given day. Appointments are required for research.

To make a research appointment, contact Theresa Altieri at 215-587-5568 or

  • Theresa Altieri, Archivist, 215-587-5568,
  • Beth DeGeorge, Librarian, 215-587-5594,
  • James Mundy, Director of Education and Programming, 215-587-5592,

The Abraham Lincoln Foundation of The Union League of Philadelphia (ALF) is the steward of an important collection of art, archives, manuscripts, books, pamphlets, objects and other historic documents related to both the Union League and the Civil War.  The collections include not only the ALF’s collection, but also those owned by The Union League of Philadelphia, The Civil War Museum of Philadelphia, The Military Order of The Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS) and The Dames of the Loyal Legion of the United States (DOLLUS).  The collections are available for research through The Heritage Center of the Union League of Philadelphia.  Additional collections of books related to American and European history, World Wars I and II, regional history, biographies and early 20th century travel are also available.





The Academy of Natural Sciences

NUC Symbol: PPAN
Catalog: Main Catalog

Ewell Stewart Sale Library

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1195
215-299-1040 voice
215-299-1144 fax

Monday-Friday (except holidays), 10 am-1:00 p.m. by appointment only 

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The Library was established at the Academy's founding in 1812. It is today one of the world's major natural science research facilities. Its 200,000 volumes include classics of pre-Linnean natural history, major journals (and many obscure ones); most of the grand illustrated folios from Catesby, Redouté, Audubon, and Gould to D.G. Elliot, Bateman, and Sibthorp; and the basic works in systematic and taxonomic biology. Other strengths include geology, evolution, ecology, marine biology, and comparative biochemistry.

The Manuscript Collections contain correspondence, field notes, journals, illustrations, and photographs accumulated by persons and organizations variously related to the Academy. Expedition literature is one of many topics that cross the boundary between print and manuscripts. It ranges from printed accounts of the earliest voyages through manuscript diaries, illustrations, and maps of the Academy's expeditions from 1817 to the present, and from Florida to Ecuador, Greenland to Tibet.

The depth of the Library's collections makes it possible to conduct research on a topic from the earliest printed information to the latest computerized database, and to supplement that information with original manuscript and graphic material.

The American Philosophical Society

American Philosophical Society

105 South 5th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-440-3400 voice
215-440-3423 fax

Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM


  • Patrick K. Spero, Librarian, 215-440-3405, librarian AT amphilsoc DOT org (PACSCL rep)
  • Marian L. Christ, Head Cataloguer, 215-440-3407, mchrist AT amphilsoc DOT org
  • Anne E. Downey, Head of Conservation, 215-440-3412, adowney AT amphilsoc DOT org
  • David Gary, Curator of Printed Materials, 215-599-4279, dgary AT amphilsoc DOT org
  • Charles B. Greifenstein, Associate Librarian & Curator of Manuscripts, 215-440-3404, cgreifenstein AT amphilsoc DOT org
  • Scott Ziegler Head of Technology Systems, 215-599-4299, sziegler AT amphilsoc DOT org


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The oldest learned society in the United States, the American Philosophical Society held at Philadelphia for Promoting Useful Knowledge was founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743.The APS has played an important role in the cultural life of the nation for nearly two-and-one-half centuries and has been particularly prominent in support of the sciences.

The Society first began acquiring books and manuscripts in the 1770s, and today its Library is one of the principal institutions in the United States for study of the history of science. It has extensive collections in several areas in the history of science, most notably in genetics and eugenics, evolutionary biology, biochemistry and molecular biology, quantum theory and other areas in twentieth century physics, as well as important holdings in the history of American anthropology (particularly Native American languages and cultures), for American history generally prior to 1860, and for Benjamin Franklin and his circle. The American Philosophical Society cares for approximately thirteen million manuscripts, 300,000 volumes, and numerous historically important scientific artifacts.

Athenaeum of Philadelphia

219 South 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-925-2688 voice
215-925-3755 fax

Monday to Friday 9:00-5:00

  • Peter Conn, Executive Director, 215-925-2688,
  • Bruce Laverty, Curator of the Architectural Collection, 215-925-2688,
  • Jill LeMin Lee , Librarian,
  • Michael Seneca, Director-Regional Digital Imaging Center, 215-925-2688,

The Athenaeum was founded in 1814 and for more than 200 years has been collecting materials "connected with the history and antiquities of America, and the useful arts." As an independent research library with museum collections, the Athenaeum focuses on American cultural history for the period 1814-1914. Its architecture and interior design collections for this period are nationally significant.

The Athenaeum's collections divide into the 100,000-volume research library; the architectural archive consisting of more than 380,000 drawings, 300,000 photographs, and 1,000,000 manuscript items representing the work of more than 2,000 American architects and firms; and the fine and decorative arts collection. The collection is catalogued. The Athenaeum's cataloging records are available from OCLC and from its online catalog, Athena.  

The Athenaeum is housed in a National Historical Landmark building near Independence Hall, which is open for tours and research by appointment. The building is furnished with fine and decorative arts of the period 1800-1850. The Athenaeum sponsors historical and educational activities including lectures, concerts, and exhibitions. It publishes books on aspects of 19th-century culture and provides awards and research grants for outstanding literary achievement and scholarship in architectural history.

Bryn Mawr College

NUC Symbol: Pbm

Mariam Coffin Canaday Library

101 N. Merion Ave.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899
610-526-6576 voice
610-526-7480 fax

Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Additional hours during the academic year for books, manuscripts, and archives: Wednesday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm


Eric Pumroy, Associate Chief Information Officer and Seymour Adelman Director of Special Collections, 610-526-5272,

Rachel Appel, Digital Collections Librarian, 610-526-5093,

Patrick Crowley, Rare Books Cataloguer, 610-526-5082,

Christiana Dobrzynski, College Archivist. 610-526-5285, 

Marianne Hansen, Curator and Academic Liaison for Rare Books and Manuscripts. 610-526-5289,

Evan McGonagill, Assistant Director, Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women's Education, 610-526-7518,

Monica Mercado, Director, Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women's Education, 610-526-7515,

Carrie Robbins,  Curator and Academic Liaison for Art & Artifacts, 610-526-5225,

Monique Scott, Director of Museum Studies, 610-526-5084, 

Marianne Weldon, Collections Manager. (610) 526-5022.

The Rare Book Collection, containing approximately 50,000 volumes, supports the College's teaching programs. The Goodhart Library of more than 1,000 incunabula provides texts for studying the late Middle Ages and Renaissance. The Castle Collection includes works in botany and ornithology. Together with the Adelman Collection it affords opportunities for the study of graphic arts. The Adelman Collection is rich in materials of Keats and his circle, A.E. Housman and Ralph Hodgson, Claud Lovat Fraser, Thomas and Susan Macdowell Eakins, and Americana.

The Manuscript Collection is strong in women's studies and British and American literary history. It includes the papers of Bryn Mawr president M. Carey Thomas, Carrie Chapman Catt, 1,200 letters of Marianne Moore, and correspondence of The New Yorker editor Katharine S. White. Manuscript holdings include a group of medieval and renaissance codices, includingbooks of hours. These collections are supported by a graphics collection ranging from the 15th century to the present, including 7,300 prints, 3,500 drawings, and 13,000 vintage photographs.

The Bryn Mawr College Archives serves as a research and security repository for the official administrative and historical records of the College, the professional and personal papers of faculty, administrators, and alumnae, and unique or ephemeral items reflecting other aspects of the history of the College. Holdings include the College Presidents' papers; College and student publication; minutes of faculty, trustee, and student organizations; reports, programs, and calendars; student notebooks, diaries, scrapbooks, and correspondence; biographical files for deceased alumnae. A substantial photograph collection, numbering some 6,500 prints of which one-fifth date from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, includes group and individual portraits as well as photographs of buildings, classes, sports, May Day festivities, and other College events.

The Fine Arts Collection consists of paintings, sculptures, casts and reproductions, and works on paper including prints, drawings, and photographs.

The Ethnographic Arts Collection is comprised of objects from around the world. Important holdings include ethnographic material from North, Central and South America, the Mace Neufeld and Helen Katz Neufeld’53 Collection of African and Oceanic Art; the Twyeffort-Hollenback Collection of Southwest Pottery and Native American Ethnography, the George and Anna Hawks Vaux '35, M.A. ‘41 Collection of Native American Basketry; and pieces collected in Oceania by former Anthropology professor Dr. Jane Goodale. The extensive body of material includes masks, figures, headdresses, beadwork, and textiles. The Asian Art Collection includes Chinese, Korean and Japanese folk art, screens, scrolls, porcelains, lacquer ware, terracottas, bronzes, wood and stone artifacts of the Helen B. Chapin ‘25 Collection, and imperial Japanese art and artifacts from the Elizabeth Gray Vining ’23 Collection.

The Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology Collection includes over 6,000 objects from the ancient Mediterranean world, primarily Greece and Italy, but also the Near East, Egypt, Cyprus, and the Bronze Age Aegean area. The focus of this collection is on Greek and Roman minor arts, especially vases. The collection was formed from private donations such as the Densmore Curtis Collection presented by Clarissa Compton Dryden, ’32, MA ’35, the Elisabeth Washburn King ’17, MA ’37 Collection of classical Greek coins, and the Aline Abaecherli Boyce (MA ’28, Ph.D ’32) Collection of Roman Republican silver coins. In addition, the late Professor Hetty Goldman gave an extensive series of pottery samples from the excavation at Tarsus in Cilicia

The Decorative and Applied Arts Collection is represented in the rugs, furniture, tiles, silver and other metalwork, glass and applied arts (removed from College buildings) seen on campus.

The Bryn Mawr College Geology Department has one of the finest collections of minerals from Pennsylvania and around the world. Donor include the Department's founder, Florence Bascom, Theodore Rand, and the family of George Vaux, Jr., who gave his collection of over 8000 specimens to the College. Many of the minerals are on exhibit in 28 hall cases in the Park Science Center

City of Philadelphia Department of Records

Philadelphia City Archives

Philadelphia, PA

Currently closed.


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PLEASE NOTE: The City Archives is currently in the process of relocating to new quarters at 456 North 5th Street and will reopen late summer/fall 2018. Further information can be found here.  

The City Archives is the official historical memory of the City of Philadelphia. Within its 20,000 cubic feet of holdings may be found records that appeal to a very wide spectrum of interests.

In addition to providing reference to various City departments, the City Archives has been a resource for graduate and undergraduate students, persons preparing doctoral dissertations and scholarly publications. Its holdings have been of especial interest to social historians. For persons doing research on the City's under classes, records of the Alms House and its successor, Philadelphia General Hospital, 1751-late 1940s; of the County Prisons 1790-1948, and of the City and County criminal courts, 1750s to 1874, are especially fertile fields for research. Records of county taxes, 1773-1851, may be used for determining the economic and class structure of the City and its surrounding districts, townships and boroughs. Tax records and land records are valuable sources for research on capital accumulation. Records of the City surveyors, road records of the Court of Quarter Sessions, and records of the City Council's Watering Committee and of the City's Water Department are invaluable for tracing the development of the City's infrastructure. Minutes and files of the its Board of Health and Health Department record efforts to control disease in an urban setting. The records of the City Planning Commission and of the Department of Licenses and Inspections, its efforts to control urban blight while the Records of the Department of Public Welfare (now Human Services) show the City's efforts to deal with the human consequences of urban blight.

The City Archives is also a magnet for genealogical researchers. In fact, the most frequent users of the City Archives are patrons who are interested in their family history or who are professional genealogists doing research for others. The City Archives holds the earliest and longest continuous run of birth and death records of any political
subdivision in the Commonwealth. Registrations of birth and death records begin on July 1, 1860 and continue to June 30, 1915 However, there are also a cubic foot of late registrations filed under an 1867 supplement to the vital statistics act which include births dating back to 1829; and an earlier form of death record known as a cemetery return which date from 1806 to June 30, 1860. The City Archives holds marriage records from July 1, 1860 to December 31, 1885 for which we issue certificates and copies of marriages from the Orphans Court Division that date from 1886 to 1915. It also holds naturalizations of the City and County Courts for the periods 1794-1904 and 1914-1930. Other records which would be of interest to genealogical researchers include Police roster and roll books for the period 1854-1925, deeds of Philadelphia County, 1683-1952; mortgages of Philadelphia County, 1736-1963; city directories, 1785-1930, 1935-1936; Department of Personnel, roster cards; and records of Blockley Almshouse and the County prisons.

A sampling of the Archives' more than two million photographs may be searched online from the City's award-winning site,

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

NUC Symbol: PPC

Historical Medical Library

19 South 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-399-2304 voice
215-561-6477 fax

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10:00 am - 4:00 pm by appointment.

  • Robert D. Hicks, PhD, Director, Mütter Museum/Historical Library, Measey Chair for the History of Medicine,
  • Beth Lander, College Librarian,
  • Chrissie Perella, Archivist,
  • Tristan Dahn, Digital Projects Librarian,
  • Caitlin Angelone, Reference Librarian,

The College of Physicians was founded in 1787 and its library in 1788. Following a period of relative dormancy, the College was revitalized in the mid-nineteenth century, and the Library began an important period of growth around the time of the Civil War. From then until well into the post-World War II period the College Library was one of the four great medical libraries in the U.S. and the central medical library of the Delaware Valley. Through gifts, bequests, and dedicated purchase funds the Library also became a great medical rare book library, and in 1953 a Historical Collections department was established. During the second half of the twentieth century, the world of medical librarianship was transformed throughout the country, as society libraries like the College's declined in importance relative to the rapidly growing academic medical center libraries. Recognizing that the libraries of the regional medical schools had grown significantly and largely replaced the College Library as providers of the current clinical and biomedical literature, in 1996 College governance formally designated the Library as a "Historical Library." The entire library therefore took on the character of what had been the Historical Collections department.

The College Library holds more than 375,000 medical books and journals published through the late twentieth century. More than 400 are incunabula and 12,000 are pre-1801 imprints. There are strong holdings in anatomy, dermatology, neurology, pathology, and ophthalmology, and particularly rich collections on homeopathy, tuberculosis, and yellow fever. Manuscripts include medieval illuminated manuscripts, hundreds of 18th and 19th-century student lecture notes, and papers of leaders of American medicine, such as Robley Dunglison, George Bacon Wood, S. Weir Mitchell, Joseph Leidy, and William W. Keen. The records and archives of medical societies, organizations, and institutions, both extinct and extant, local and national, constitute a major resource for the scholar. The archives of the College of Physicians itself are especially important, for the College has addressed a variety of professional and community concerns since its founding. The College Library also maintains a research level collection of current scholarship in history of medicine.

Curtis Institute of Music

John de Lancie Library and Curtis Archives

1720 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-893-5265 voice
Hours: By appointment Mon-Fri 10-3 during school year; Mon-Thur 11-3 summer
  • Michelle Oswell, Ph.D., Library Director,, 215-717-3121 (special collections)
  • Kristina Wilson, archivist,, 215-717-3139
  • Barbara Benedett, digital archivist,, 215-717-3139
The Curtis Institute of Music Special Collections and Archives are a part of the John de Lancie Library, located within the Rock Resource Center in Center City, Philadelphia. The Archives, formally designated in 1999, holds over 340 linear feet of materials, including 66 donated manuscript colletions, more than 400 audiovisual materials, and 8000 photographs related to the school's founding, its concurrent and closely linked history with the Philadelphia Orchestra, its institutional history, and faculty and alumni materials. The Archives actively solicits donations from its faculty and alumni. Special Collections, holding over 2500 items, reflects the nature of Curtis's founder in a wide-ranging collection of composers' letters, autograph manuscripts, and first edition scores and books donated to Mrs. Bok and the school over the last 90 years.

The Archives' collection, in capturing the institutional history of a world-renowned music school -- one of the finest American-based conservatories of music -- is a fundamental resource for the study of classical music, opera, and culture from the early twentieth century to today. Curtis Archives is responsible for documenting and preserving the history of the Institute, encompassing all materials that chronicle the school's functions, activities, culture, and values. In addition to administrative records of permanent historical value, highlights include the letters of Mary Louise Curtis Bok, the Curtis Institute's founder; the Lynnwood Farnam papers (featuring detailed organ specifications and photographs); scrapbooks and diaries from a wide selection of alumni; and oral histories with notable figures in Curtis history, such as Joseph de Pasquale, Gary Graffman, Seymour Lipkin, and Vladimir and Eleanor Sokoloff.

Special Collections, a smaller division of the library, holds rare print and audiovisual materials as well as unique manuscripts not directly related to the history of the Institute. Highlights include the Jarvis Collection, a set of over 50 nineteenth-century orchestral scores and part books collected by Charles H. Jarvis, a noted Philadelphia musician; a significant collection of harp transcriptions by Carlo Salzedo; a Wagner autograph notebook; first-edition scores and parts from the eighteenth through twentieth centuries; and letters and autograph books from well-known musicians and composers of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Drexel University

Drexel University Archives and Special Collections

33rd and Market Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215-895-6706 voice
215-895-2070 fax
Hours: Open for research by appointment only, Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00.
To schedule an appointment or ask a research question, please contact us at or 215-895-6706.
  • Matthew Lyons, University Archivist,, 215-895-1757
  • Anita Lai, Archives Technician,, 215-895-1853
Drexel University Archives and Special Collections collects the records created by Drexel University administrative offices and academic departments from 1892 to the present including reports, minutes, correspondence of Drexel faculty, administrators, and staff, as well as Drexel-produced publications. Manuscript collections include papers that document individuals affiliated with Drexel, such as the personal papers and correspondence of faculty and alumni, as well as papers related to the Drexel family and to late 19th century Philadelphia, and records of professional library associations.

Drexel University

Drexel University College of Medicine Legacy Center

2900 West Queen Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19129
215-991-8340 voice
215-991-8172 fax
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:30-4:30 by appointment
Joanne Murray, Director

Margaret Graham, Managing Archivist

Matt Herbison, Archivist

Karen Ernst, Administrative Assistant

Melissa Mandell, Project Manager, Education and Interpretation



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. 

Woman's Medical College/Medical College of Pennsylvania and the Archives & Special Collections on Women in Medicine

The WMC/MCP collections are composed of the institution's Archives and the Special Collections on Women in Medicine, collectively reflecting the history of the college and women in medicine. As the record of the first regular medical school educating women, the archives are integral to the history of women in medicine. The Special Collections reach beyond the records of the College to include primary and secondary materials on the history of all women physicians, internationally.

The Guide to the Collections lists and describes the materials in the collection and finding aids provide further description to collections. Some finding aids are available online and some only on-site.

Materials include

  • Papers and correspondence of alumnae, pioneer medical women and other women physicians
  • Records and correspondence of the presidents, deans and faculty
  • Early medical student theses
  • Obstetrical and medical case books
  • Oral histories of women in medicine
  • 19th century photographs of women performing dissections and surgery
  • Records of women's hospitals throughout the United States
  • Records of international, national and local medical women's organizations, including the American Women's Hospital Service, the American Medical Women's Association and the Medical Women's International Association.

The Hahnemann Collection reflects the history of the institution and its mission. The University, founded in 1848 as the Homoeopathic Medical College of Pennsylvania and later known as Hahnemann Medical College, initially educated physicians in homeopathy before gaining national prominence as an academic medical center.

The materials date from the 16th Century to the present, with an emphasis on institutional records. The collection houses records of the College and Hospital from the earliest times, including the North American Academy at Allentown (1835) and related organizations such as the Hahnemann Alumni Association, Nurses' Alumnae Association, Hahnemann Hospital Association, various affiliated institutes and hospitals and several early homeopathic societies.

Because of the formative role played by the school in teaching the system of homeopathic medicine, the early records in particular reflect the history of homeopathy in the United States.

The Hahnemann collections include:

  • Records of the college and hospital from their founding
  • Early medical student theses, class notes and yearbooks
  • Papers and memorabilia of founder Constantine Hering Finding Aid
  • Hering's renowned collection on Paracelsus
  • Works of homeopathic historian Thomas Bradford, including his 35-volume biographical scrapbooks on American homeopaths Finding Aid
  • Medical instruments and early homeopathic medicine cases
  • Papers of modern pioneers in heart surgery and cardiology such as Charles Bailey and William Likoff
  • Historical reference collection on homeopathy
  • Primary and secondary sources in the history of medicine including, for example, William Hunter's Anatomy of the Human Gravid Uterus (1774), and Jenner's Inquiry on... the Cow Pox (1800), and a 1632 edition of Vesalius' Epitome.
  • Irena Koprowska collection on American Cancer Society-Veterans Administration lung cancer screening study, (1958-1964) Finding Aid




Franklin & Marshall College

Shadek Fackenthal Library

P. O. Box 3003
Lancaster, PA 17604-3003
717-291-4225 voice
717-291-4160 fax

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

NUC Symbol: PP

Special Collections Division

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-686-5415 voice
215-563-3628 (in ILL dept) fax

Rare Book Department
Monday-Saturday 9-5
Tours of the collections 11:00 a.m.
The Department does not schedule readers on Saturday

Other Special Collections by Appointment


The Free Library's Special Collections enhance the educational mission of the Library by assembling and making accessible historic materials, providing reliable and knowledgeable research services,and offering instructional programs that promote understanding of our shared cultural heritage.

Many items in Special Collections are searchable in the public catalog, through Finding Aids, or in our Digital Collections. Please contact the collection Curators for further details.


German Society of Pennsylvania

Joseph P. Horner Memorial Library

611 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
215-627-2332 voice
215-627-5297 fax
Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 am to 4 pm.
Staff: Contact the librarian, Bettina Hess, at the main number listed above; or email:

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
302-658-2400 voice

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, except certain national holidays. The library building is also open on the second Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Administration:
  • Erik Rau, Library Director (PACSCL rep),
  • Gene Castellano, Business Manager, Hagley Heritage Curators Program,
  • Cheryl Jackson, Library Coordinator,

  • Manuscripts and Archives:
  • Lynn Catanese, Chief Curator of Library Collections,
  • Christopher Baer, Asst. Curator, Manuscript & Archives,
  • Lucas Clawson, Reference Archivist,
  • Marsha Mills, Foundation Archivist,
  • Clayton Ruminski, Archives Specialist,
  • John Waters, Stack Assistant,
  • Daniel Michelson, Project Archivist,

  • Published Collections:
  • Max Moeller, Curator of Imprints,
  • Linda Gross, Reference Librarian,
  • Alice Hanes, Technical Services Librarian,
  • Vicki Wasserman, Library Assistant,
  • Talia Coutin, Project Cataloger,

  • Audiovisual Collections and Digitial Initiatives:
  • Kevin Martin, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Audiovisual and Digital Collections,
  • Michael Demers, Digital Assets Coordinator,
  • Skylar Harris, Digitization and Metadata Coordinator,
  • Laurie Sather, Audiovisual Archivist,
  • Lynsey Sczechowicz, Reference Archivist,

  • Library Conservation:
  • Laura Wahl, Library Conservator,
  • Sharon Fickeissen, Conservation Technician,

  • Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society:
  • Roger Horowitz, Director, Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society,
  • Carol Lockman, Manager, Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society,

Founded in 1953 by Pierre S. du Pont as the Longwood Library and merged with the Hagley Museum in 1961, the library houses an important collection of manuscripts, photographs, recordings, publications, pamphlets, ephemera, and digital records documenting the history of American business, technology, and industrial design. Its main strength is in the Middle Atlantic region but includes business organizations and companies with national and international impact.

The library's 290,000 volumes and 12,000 microforms include books and serials, pamphlets, maps and atlases, city directories, theses, government documents, company annual reports, stockholder and employee magazines, advertising literature, public relations pieces, a collection of more than 20,000 trade catalogs, guidebooks and catalogs for the great international expositions, and the Guttman Collection of pyrotechnics. Its 37,000 linear feet of manuscript contain the records of more than 1,000 firms and the entrepreneurs who build them, as well as the records of national business organizations. Noteworthy collections include the business and personal papers of the Du Pont Company and family, the Philadelphia and Reading and Pennsylvania Railroads, the Sun Company, Bethlehem Steel, the Philadelphia National Bank, Sperry-Univac, and the Sperry Gyroscope Company. Pictorial collections ranging in size from one image to more than 100,000 include formats from daguerreotypes to Polaroid prints, lithographs and engravings, and videotapes.

Haverford College

NUC Symbol: HVC
Catalog: Tripod

Quaker & Special Collections

370 Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, PA 19041
610-896-1161 voice
610-896-1102 fax

Monday - Friday 9:00-5:00 (closes at 4:00 on Fridays during college breaks). 



English Psalter, ca. 15th century, J.Rendel Harris "Oriental" Manuscript Collection, MS 42

Haverford College Special Collections is responsible for maintaining the college’s uniqueand rare materials. The principle collections include the world-renowned Quaker Collection, college archives,rare books and manuscripts, and fine art. The Quaker Collection consists of some 35,000 printed volumes and 300,000 manuscripts. Holdings span the historyof Quakerism from 17th-century Britain to the present day in many parts of the world. Materials include the Jenks Collection of early books and pamphlets, meeting records, organization and family papers, journals and diaries, English and American Quaker serials, audio-visual materials, and a comprehensive collection of Quaker fiction. The college archives consist of published and unpublished documents, graphics, photography, artifacts, and audio-visual materials that document the history and operations of Haverford College from its founding in 1833 to present. Rare books cover all fields of knowledge with particular strengths in literature (particularly Shakespeare and the works that influenced him), natural history, science, and American history. Non-Quaker manuscripts include such collections as the Charles Roberts Autograph Letter Collection which is comprised of some 20,000 letters from a wide variety of authors, and the J. Rendel Harris “Oriental” Manuscript Collection of 13th- through 19th-century Hebrew, Latin, Arabic, Syriac, Armenian and Ethiopic scrolls and codices. Finally, we maintain the college’s collection of art including 3,000 fine art photographs ranging the history of the genre, hundreds of prints by European, American and Asian artists, numerous oil paintings, sculpture, and Ancient Greek, Middle Eastern, and African artifacts.

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania

NUC Symbol: PHi
1300 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215-732-6200 voice
215-732-2680 fax
  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 12:30-5:30 (last admittance at 4:45 p.m.)
  • Wednesday 12:30-8:30 (last admittance at 7:45 p.m.)
  • Thursday 12:30-5:30 (last admittance at 4:45 p.m.)
  • Friday 10:00-5:30 (last admittance at 4:45 p.m.)
  • Charles Cullen, Interim President, 215-732-6200, ext. 214,
  • Lee Arnold, Director of the Library and Collections (PACSCL alt. rep), 215-732-6200, ext. 237,
  • David Haugaard, Director of Research Services, 215-732-6200 ext. 219,
  • Jacqueline Taddonio, Director of Cataloging, 215-732-6200, ext. 206,
  • Daniel Rolph, Family Historian & Head of Reference Services, 215-732-6200, ext. 203,
  • Sarah Heim, Research Services Librarian, 215-732-6200, ext. 261,


The Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) maintains approximately 560,000 volumes: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware are special strengths, but included are primary and secondary source materials for the original thirteen states. The Library holds extensive Philadelphia and Pennsylvania newspapers, 1718-present (hard copy and film); collections of Pennsylvania authors; and Pennsylvania imprints (English, German, and Welsh). Other rare, pre-1820 Americana is housed at The Library Company of Philadelphia. The Historical Society of Pennsylvania also holds twenty million manuscript items, including Penn and Logan family archives; regional family and business papers; extensive autograph collections of American and European notables; 35,000 prints and maps, 1650-1986, especially Delaware Valley region; 20,000 watercolors and drawings, 1700-1900, including Benjamin West, William and Thomas Birch, Augustus Köllner, and David J. Kennedy; 250,000 photographs, 1838-1987, mostly southeastern Pennsylvania; and thousands of broadsides, sheet music, and ephemera.

The collections of The Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, which merged with the Historical Society in 2002, complement the Society's holdings on ethnic and immigration material. The Balch built major research collections for a surprisingly large number of individual groups: long runs of African-American, Chinese, Czech, German, Greek, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Jewish, Lithuanian, Polish, and Slovak newspapers; and significant holdings of Yiddish and Ukrainian literature, along with smaller but noteworthy Swedish and Norwegian collections. Its manuscripts and print sources on Japanese-American relocation during World War II are unique for an east coast repository, and its resources for a number of groups, including Germans, Greeks, Irish, Italians, Jews, Poles, Slovaks, and Welsh are among the best in the country. In addition, it has smaller but important and growing archival collections for many other groups. A few examples include African-Americans, Chinese, Koreans, Lithuanians, Puerto Ricans, Swedes and Ukrainians.

The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania (GSP) entered into a Strategic Alliance with the Historical Society in 2006.  All of GSP's collections are now at HSP and the two societies share a members' newsletter (Sidelights) and work cooperatively on joint programming.

Independence Seaport Museum

J. Welles Henderson Archives and Library

211 South Columbus Blvd. and Walnut Street
Penn's Landing
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-413-8640 voice
Hours: The Library welcomes visitors Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by appointment only.
Staff: To schedule an appointment please contact the library staff at, or call 215.413.8640.

Library, Archives and Museum. The J. Welles Henderson Archives and Library at Independence Seaport Museum is a regional maritime research center, offering resources that document Philadelphia's relationship with its rivers and the greater Delaware River Valley. 

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.

The Library houses more than 15,000 volumes, 9,000 ship plans and a significant collection of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, maps and charts.  Collection strengths include naval science and architecture, area shipyards, nautical instrument manufacture, early U.S. Navy, port development, seamen's welfare and education. The collection spans from the late eighteenth century to the present.  

Our holdings are cataloged on OCLC's WorldCat, available via FirstSearch or  More detailed information on some archival collections, such as manuscripts and photographs, are available on our website.

La Salle University

Connelly Library

1900 West Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141-1199
215-951-1285 voice
Hours: Online at

John S. Baky, Director of Libraries,

In addition to standard library fare, the Connelly Library at La Salle University also offers a series of special collections, which have been put together to facilitate the in-depth study of a number of topics:

First and foremost among these is the Imaginative Representations of the Vietnam War collection, which, with more than 18,000 archived materials including 1200 novels, 2000 pieces of graphic art, and 1600 films, stands as the largest collection of its kind in the world. In a similarly related vein, we also offer two other primarily print-based collections entitled Imaginative Representations of the Holocaust and Imaginative Representations of Trauma. The materials archived in these three collections present a unique opportunity to witness and study the manner in which a culture’s perceptions and imaginative renderings of traumatic events, such as the Holocaust and Vietnam War, alter and continue to inform how those events are viewed years later.

Correlating nicely with the extensive collection of Vietnam War materials, we also offer the Life and Work of Bob Dylan collection, which contains about 1000 items, including biographies, printed music, lyrics, journals, numerous Ph.D. dissertations, and every known example of his recorded music in every format, and is believed to be the largest such collection in the country at an academic institution.

The library’s Special Collections also houses the Susan Dunleavy Collection of Biblical Literature, which was developed as a memorial to the life of a member of the La Salle community. The collection originally focused on early Bible illustration, particularly 16th century woodcut Bibles, but its aim was broadened over time to include other rare items, such as the first Bible printed in English (Coverdale, 1535), and “Breeches,” including the King James Bible (1611).

The remaining collections speak more specifically to La Salle’s Heritage and the history of the surrounding area. The Owen Wister and Family collection houses a wide variety of materials dedicated to the life, works, and correspondence of well–known author and prominent Philadelphian, Owen Wister. Being the 3rd largest collection of Wisteriana in the world, our collection is aptly located, as the Belfield estate, a one-time residence of the Wister family, makes up a prominent portion of the La Salle Campus. This estate—serving today as the official residence of the Presidents of La Salle University—was originally owned by Charles Willson Peale, American portrait painter. And finally, also associated with Belfield, we offer a collection of over 250 books, articles, and journals concerning the Art of the Japanese Tea Ceremony that was performed in the tea house built upon the estate grounds.

Lehigh University

Lehigh University, Linderman Library

30 Library Drive
Bethlehem, PA 18015
610-758-5185 voice
610-758-6091 fax
Hours: Monday - Friday 1:00-5:00 p.m. or by appointment
Housed in the historic Linderman Library, opened in 1878, Special Collections was established to collect, preserve, and provide access to historical collections that encompass rare books, manuscripts, and the Lehigh University archives. Linderman Library benefited from an extensive 1929 addition and also an award-winning 2006 restoration.

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. Other strengths are in travel and exploration, natural history and ornithology, and works of historical significance in science and technology. Holdings in the history of technology are actively being expanded; they focus on large scale construction, such as works on bridge building and design, and iron and steel construction. Another focus is mining and metallurgy.

Special Collections also holds manuscripts and personal papers. Frequently consulted collections include the papers of Less Whitten, successful novelist and Watergate-era investigative reporter; the Congressional papers of Francis E. Walter; and the papers of the Lehigh presidents. In 2005, Lehigh acquired the Philip I. and Muriel M. Berman Archives. A collection of autograph letters has been digitized for research and curricular use in the "I Remain" project.

The Lehigh University Archives contains documents, photographs, and publications of the University, papers of faculty members, and Lehigh memorabilia. Special Collections is also the repository for Lehigh theses and dissertations and over 15,000 photographic images.

Library Company of Philadelphia

NUC Symbol: PPL

The Library Company of Philadelphia

1314 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215-546-3181 voice
215-546-5167 fax

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia

NUC Symbol: PPLT

Krauth Memorial Library

7301 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119
215-248-6329 voice
215-248-6327 fax

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While the Krauth Memorial Library has over 193,000 volumes, the Rare Book Collection includes 8,000 volumes, fifteen incunabula, three Books of Hours, and twenty-five cuneiform tablets. Collection strengths are the 16th-century Lutheran Reformation, Continental Pietism, 18th-century works in theology ad philosophy, liturgical studies, and 19th-century American Lutheran periodicals.

The campus also houses the regional Lutheran Archives Center:

National Archives at Philadelphia

14700 Townsend Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154
215-305-2044 voice
215-305-2052 fax

Monday through Friday, 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.


Reference Desk: 215.305.2044.

The National Archives at Philadelphia is one of 13 field research centers of the nation's official record keeper, the National Archives and Records Administration.  These field research centers, together with the Presidential Libraries and the Washington, D.C.-based programs, preserve and make accessible the historically significant evidence of America's national experience from the first Continental Congress to modern times. In trust for the American people and open to the public, the National Archives enables every citizen to inspect for themselves the record evidence of the American democracy.

The  National Archives at Philadelphia holds over 110 million individual unique historicaly significant records, in paper and other media, for over 80 federal agencies and the district courts in the states of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, as well as copies of selected microfilmed records for the entire country. As Philadelphia was the nation's capital from 1790 through 1800, these regional records are singularly important in understanding the development of the federal government, as the Constitution evolved from parchment into a network of agencies and programs.  Court cases are among the richest holdings.  Holdings cover institutions such as the Philadelphia Navy Yard, the Merchant Marines, the National Park Service, NASA's Langley Research Center, the DuPont Company, Coca Cola, and Good Humor; subjects such as intellectual property (trademarks, copyrights and patents), treason, fugitive slaves, free speech, freedom of assembly, immigration and citizenship, numismatics, domestic and international trade, Civil War, and freedom of religion; and individuals from Patrick Henry, Robert Morris, Robert E. Lee through Thomas Edison, and Thurgood Marshall.


The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society


McLean Library

100 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-988-8782 voice
215-988-8783 fax

9:30 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday. Special collections -- by appointment only.


The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is a private, non-profit organization, headquartered in downtown Philadelphia. Formed shortly after PHS's founding in 1827, the McLean Library reflects American horticultural trends both historically and currently. It serves the needs of amateur and professional horticulturists, landscape architects, garden historians, and researchers. It is used by the public and by the Society's members and volunteers. The collection supports the horticultural and urban greening activities of the staff.

The Delaware Valley is known as "America's Gateway to Gardens" and has a long tradition of intense interest in gardens and arboreta of every size and kind. The library's Pennsylvania Collection reflects the Mid-Atlantic region's horticultural history. The McLean Library houses a rich collection of Delaware Valley seed and nursery catalogs, 1860-1950. The Mary Helen Wingate Lloyd Collection consists of significant European and American gardening imprints from the 16th-20th centuries. The library houses the archives of the Philadelphia Flower Show and the Society, as well as the archives of local gardening concerns such as the Rittenhouse Flower Market, and local garden club activities. The library also houses nearly 30,000 images of the Philadelphia Flower Show, pre-World War II estate gardens of the Philadelphia area, and garden and landscape images from around the world, 1930's-1960's.

Philadelphia Archdiocesan Historical Research Center

Catholic Historical Research Center of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

6740 Roosevelt Blvd
Philadelphia, PA 19149
(215) 904-8149 voice
Hours: 9:00-4:00
  • Leslie O'Neill, Director
  • Shawn Weldon, Curator of Manuscripts/Records Manager,
  • Patrick Shank, Assistant Archivist,
Pope John Paul II greeted by Little Flower students, 1979

The Catholic Historical Research Center of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia (CHRC) collects printed materials, manuscript collections, and audiovisual materials relating to the history of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It comprises approximately 12,000 cubic feet of material. These materials include the records of numerous Archdiocesan offices, the official correspondence of all of the bishops and archbishops of Philadelphia up to the present, as well as records from the 41st International Eucharistic Congress held in Philadelphia in 1976 and Pope John Paul II’s visit in October 1979. Archdiocesan records also include the sacramental registers of those parishes located within the present Archdiocese since their founding.

CHRC also houses the collections of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia, as well as some records from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. ACHS records include printed, visual, and ephemeral materials that document institutions, associations, societies, religious orders, and parishes located within the Archdiocese as well as those of other dioceses located in the Mid-Atlantic region. The ACHS collection also includes one of the largest collections of American Catholic newspapers in the world, covering the 1820's through the 1940's, American Catholic periodicals covering the same period, over 10,000 pamphlets on Catholic and related topics, as well as the manuscripts of Catholic clergy, laity and organizations.

The Catholic Historical Research Center of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is also the repository for the records Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. This collection includes all material relating to the work of the sisters, focusing on the everyday life of a religious congregation from the late 19th century to the present. Furthermore, material relating to Mother Katharine Drexel as well as other members of the Drexel family are also held by CHRC.

CHRC’s image collection contains photographs and other visual materials documenting Catholic clergy, laity, and institutions throughout the United States but primarily in the Archdiocese. Two notable collections include the Packard and Butler lithograph collection which contains hundreds of lithographs of Catholic churches throughout the United States, and some in Canada, created in the late 19th century and the Robert and Theresa Halvey Photograph Collection. The latter collection includes over 350,000 negatives that Robert Halvey took for the Catholic Standard & Times, the official Archdiocesan newspaper, as well as photographs for Catholic institutions that Halvey took as a freelance photographer. The collection covers the late 1940's through the early 2000's.

The Museum is largely comprised of Catholic artifacts, and includes the Cardinal Krol Memorabilia collection and artifacts collected by the American Catholic Historical Society.

In order to support study of the collections, CHRC maintains a library with both reference and research materials, including Archdiocesan and National Catholic directories, Philadelphia City directories, and encyclopedias. Secondary sources include scholarship relating to the history of Catholicism in the United States as well as social and cultural histories of the various ethnicities that shaped the American Catholic Church.

CHRC does not actively collect non-institutional records, but welcomes donations of print and non-print materials related to Catholicism in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as long as access to these records is not significantly restricted.


Access to American Catholic Historical Society collections is practically unlimited and major portions of the Seminary and Archdiocesan materials are open to researchers. Access restrictions to Seminary and Archdiocesan records apply to all unpublished materials after 1940; however, these materials may be opened to researchers with special permission.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art Library

2525 Pennsylvania Avenue
(Mailing address: Box 7646, Philadelphia 19101-7646)
Philadelphia, PA 19130
215-684-7650 voice
215-236-0534 fax

Library: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Archives: Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Appointments are required.


Library--As one of the major art reference libraries in the United States, the Museum Library houses approximately 285,000 books, auction catalogues, and periodicals dating from the sixteenth century to the present.  Reflecting the Museum’s rich and distinctive collections, our holdings focus on European, American, and Asian painting and sculpture; furniture and decorative arts; arms and armor; costume and textiles; prints, drawings, and photographs; and modern and contemporary art.  We also subscribe to a growing collection of electronic resources, and manage distribution of the Museum’s images for research and publication. Appointments to use the Library are not required. 

Archives--Our Archives houses 4,252 linear feet of archival materials and serves as the Museum’s corporate memory. Documenting the key activities of our directors, curators, and donors since the Museum’s founding in 1876, our collections include the personal papers, research, and manuscript collections of people related to the Museum.  These materials help tell the stories behind our works of art, exhibitions, events, artists, and the creative communities we serve.  Appointments to use the Archives are required. 

Philadelphia University

4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144
215-951-2840 voice
215-951-2574 fax
Hours: Mon-Fri 9 AM - 5 PM (appointments suggested)
Staff: Stan Gorski, head of special collections department, 215-951-2581,
Image from the collection of textile-related advertising trade cards

The Special Collections at the Paul J. Gutman Library include the following collections:

TEXTILE INDUSTRY HISTORY COLLECTION - Over 5,000 volumes on the history of textile management and production spanning the 19th and 20th century. Also included are over 100 textile journal titles pre-WWII, and over 1,000 trade catalogs of textile machinery makers and dyestuff manufacturers. There is also a small manuscript collection of diaries and business records of  local textile firms.

Other collections include: A small Philadlephia Centennial Collection (30 volumes); local history (Germantown and East Falls); Philadelphia post cards, focusing on the built environment.

THE ARLEN SPECTER ARCHIVES: The library has recently received the complete archives of Senator Arlen Specter's 30 year career in the United States Senate. This collection, 4,000-plus linear feet, is being processed and is not yet accessible to researchers.


Presbyterian Historical Society

425 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
215-627-1852 voice
215-627-0115 fax

Mon-Fri 8:30-4:15



Organized in 1852, the Presbyterian Historical Society is the oldest denominational archives in the United States and serves as the national archives for the Presbyterian Church (U. S. A.) and many predecessor denominations. Its holdings include more than 180,000 titles reflecting the history of the Presbyterian tradition in America. The archival holdings consist of approximately 34,000 cu. ft. of official records and personal papers. These include records of congregations, presbyteries, synods, and General Assembly agencies of the current and some predecessor Presbyterian and Reformed denominations in America. These records are supplemented by the personal papers of significant Presbyterians, with a particular emphasis on mission history in this country and abroad. The Society also serves as the archives for ecumenical organizations including the Federal and National Council of Churches and the American Sunday School Union.

Princeton University

NUC Symbol: PCC
Catalog: New Catalog

Princeton University, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections

Princeton, NJ 08540

Fall/Spring Semesters Monday to Friday: 9-4:45 
Summer · Monday to Friday: 8:45 - 4:15 

Firestone Library, Additional Information:

Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, Additional Information


Staff Directory:

PACSCL Representative: Alexis Antracoli
PACSCL Alternate Representative: Faith Charlton

The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections is one of the premier repositories of its kind. Its 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

NUC Symbol: PPRF
2008-2010 Delancey Place
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-732-1600 voice
215-545-7529 fax
Morning session
Afternoon session
10:30 am to 12:30 am
1:30 pm to 6:00 pm
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
1:30 pm to 6:00 pm
10:30 am to 12:30 pm
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

The Rosenbach Museum & Library seeks to inspire curiosity, inquiry, and creativity by engaging broad audiences in exhibitions, programs, and research based on its remarkable and expanding collections.

The Rosenbach Museum & Library was founded upon collections acquired in the first half of the twentieth century by Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach and his brother Philip, preeminent dealers in rare books, manuscripts, and art. No longer a private library, the Rosenbach is today a public institution serving a broad audience. Since opening to the public in 1954, collections have grown to include 30,000 rare books, 300,000 manuscripts, 20,000 works of art on paper, 500 paintings, and 350 decorative art objects.

The collections are especially strong in Americana, British and American literature, and book illustration, and include treasures noted for extraordinary significance, rarity, and physical condition. Largest among its collections are the papers of Modernist poet Marianne Moore, illustrator Maurice Sendak, and the Rosenbach Company itself.

The Museum and Library are housed in the brothers' elegantly-appointed 19th-century town home, now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors are welcomed into a personal world where great collectors lived among their collections. The Rosenbach expanded into the townhouse adjoining it at 2008 Delancey Place to create new storage facilities, a second gallery, and a new reading room. The same project saw the restoration of the original Rosenbach home.

Rowan University

Rowan University Libraries Archives and Special Collections

201 Mullica Hil Road
Glassboro, NJ 08028
(856) 256-4967 voice
Hours: Open for research by appointment only. Research requests can be submitted via telephone and email.
Staff: Sara A. Borden, CA, Archivist, (856) 256-4500, ext. 3543
RUASC Reading Room,, (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. Additional holdings include approximately 40 linear feet of oversize flat materials and 250 linear feet of photographic materials, including lantern slides, as well as an ephemera collection which includes over 200 pieces of glass objects. 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.

A significant portion of the Special Collections was willed to the library by Frank Stewart, past president of the Gloucester County Historical Society. The Stewart Collection includes: colonial history of New Jersey and other colonies; genealogical material on New Jersey and Philadelphia area families; materials on the First U.S. Mint in Philadelphia; and local historical materials, both manuscripts and publications.

Other collections include the papers of Charles A. Wolverton, 20th century New Jersey politician; Leo C. Beebe, businessman and former dean of the Business School at Rowan who was also vice chairman for the National Committee for Hungarian Refugees in the 1950s; Marvin C. Creamer, former Rowan professor who circumnavigated the globe without instruments; and the 1967 Summit at Hollybush between U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson and Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin held in Glassboro. RUASC also contains other family papers and material on southern New Jersey businesses.


Science History Institute

NUC Symbol: C8F (OCLC)
Catalog: Midon

Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Library
of Chemical History

315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-873-8205 voice


Monday–Friday, 10:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M.

The Othmer Library functions as an independent research library; it is open to all users but the collections and services are designed for scholars and experienced researchers who are working on specific topics and have a research strategy in place.

Researchers are encouraged to make an appointment in advance of a visit. All researchers must provide a photo ID upon arrival.

The Othmer Library's online catalog -- Midon -- is available via CHF's website.  Researchers are encouraged to consult the online catalog and request materials in advance of their visit.   


The Science History Institute's Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Library of Chemical History, created in 1988, encompasses the history of the chemical sciences and industries. The library is a product of the vision and generosity of Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer. The Othmer Library's holdings include more than 140,000 volumes of monographs, reference works, rare books, and professional journals published from 1478 to the present.

The Institute's archives include an image archives collection comprises some 200 framed pieces of artwork ranging from oil portraits to lithographs, plus over 10,000 images in all photographic formats. CHF holds the personal papers of such innovators as Paul Flory, Carl Marvel, and Donald Othmer, and the unpublished records of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Chemists’ Club, and several other organizations. The instrument and artifacts collection features hundreds of 20th-century chemical instruments. Artifacts range from awards, scrapbooks, and some of the first preproduction nylon stockings to early batteries, glassware, and apparatus. 


State Library of Pennsylvania

Location: 607 South Drive
Mailing Address: 333 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17126-1745
717-787-4440 voice
717-772-8268 fax
Tuesday 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday CLOSED
  • Alice Lubrecht, Director, Bureau of State Library
  • Iren L. Snavely, Rare Book Librarian

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 the General Assembly Collection.

The collection's core is the Assembly Collection. Now numbering over 400 volumes, these are books that were purchased by Pennsylvania's legislators beginning in 1745 to serve their needs in governing the commonwealth. Made up mostly of law books, the Assembly Collection also contains dictionaries, and books on architecture, philosophy, history and religion. One of the central jewels in this crown is the 1739 Assembly Bible, upon which generations of Pennsylvania's elected leaders have taken their oaths of office. The whole Assembly Collection is currently being conserved and restored after receiving more that 250 years of use.

Swarthmore College

Catalog: Tripod

McCabe Library / Friends Historical Library / Peace Collection

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

Hours vary according to collection. Consult the libraries' websites.


McCabe Library Rare Book Room 

Friends Historical Library

Peace Collection

  • Wendy E. Chmielewski, Curator, 610-328-7325,
  • Mary Beth Sigado, Technical Services Specialist, 610-328-8527,
  • Anne M. Yoder, Archivist, 610-328-8030,

Friends Historical Library was established in 1871, with research collections on Quaker history and doctrine; Indian rights, women's rights, and abolition of slavery; Quaker activity in literature, science, business education, and government. With more than 45,000 books, pamphlets and serials, 60,000 photographs, 400 major manuscript collections, and 9,000 volumes of original meeting records, Friends Historical Library is one of the outstanding research facilities for the study of Quaker history. The Library also maintains the Swarthmore College Archives and the papers of the Swarthmore Historical Society.

In addition there is the Swarthmore College Peace Collection, established in 1930, encompassing the history of the peace movement, conscientious objection, pacifism, arms control and disarmament, nonviolence, internationalism, and civil disobedience. The collection contains nearly 155 major document groups, approximately 2,000 smaller collective document groups, over 12,000 catalogued books and pamphlets, 400 periodicals currently received, and 1,500 microfilm reels.

McCabe Library Rare Book Room holdings include: the Bathe Collection on the history of technology (1,000 volumes); materials on James Thomson (400 volumes); William Wordsworth (200 volumes); W. H. Auden (500 volumes); British Americana, including accounts of British travelers in the United States (1,500 volumes); Private Presses and artists' books, reflecting the output of the private press and book artists primarily in the United States and Great Britain (6,000 volumes and growing); Swarthmoreana (7,000 volumes); and other smaller groups of miscellaneous rare, illustrated, and decorated books (5,000 volumes).

Temple University

NUC Symbol: PPT

Temple University Libraries

1210 Polett Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Mon - Fri, 8:30- 5:30


Dean of University Libraries

Joe Lucia

Special Collections Research Center

  • Margery N. Sly, Director of Special Collections Research Center (PACSCL Rep), 215-204-1455,
  • Brenda Galloway-Wright, Associate Archivist, 215-204-1639,
  • Katy Rawdon, Coordinator of Technical Services, 215-204-5250,
  • Josue' Hurtado, Coordinator of Public Services and Outreach, 214-204-4582,
  • John Pettit, Assistant Archivist, 215-204-3224,
  • Jessica Lydon, Associate Archivist (PJAC), 215-204-4730,
  • Courtney Smerz, Collection Management Archivist, 215-204-3954,
  • Kimberly Tully, Curator of Rare Books, 215-204-4995,

Blockson Collection: Sullivan Hall: 1330 Polett Walk 

With over 3,000,000 volumes the Temple University Libraries is the second largest academic library in the Delaware Valley. Its special collections includes 150,000 printed books, 5 1/2 million photographic images, and 45,000 cubic feet of archives and manuscripts.

The Special Collections Research Center includes:  the Urban Archives documents post-Civil War local social, educational, political, and labor history in the region, including records, papers, maps, atlases, pamphlets, and photographs, with significant collections including The Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily New and The Philadelphia Evening Bulletin.  The Philadelphia Jewish Archives Collection contains diaries, photos, and other papers, and the records of many regional Jewish organizations.  Rare Books & Manuscripts has emphases on English and French literature, horticulture and landscape gardening, the history of business and accounting, English religious and parliamentary history, and the graphic arts including fine printing, lithography, printing history, and artist books.  The Science Fiction and Fantasy Collection includes monographs, periodical, organization records and authors' papers.  The Contemporary Culture Collection documents social protest in the 1960s-present, through small press and alternative publications  and archival collections. The University Archives ( the Conwellana-Templana Collection) includes the papers of Temple founder Russell H. Conwell and of faculty, alumni, some institutional records, and monographs including the Temple University Press.  And the Philadelphia Dance Collection at Temple (PDCAT) holds the records and papers of regional dance companies and dancers.

The Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection is an extensive research collection of books, pamphlets, manuscripts, music, broadsides, and artifacts of African, Caribbean, and Afro-American life.

University of Delaware

NUC Symbol: DEU

Morris Library

181 College Avenue
Newark, DE 19717-5267
302-831-2229 voice
302-831-1046 fax

The Special Collections reading room is open Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. Hours are adjusted around the University of Delaware academic calendar and University holidays, so please confirm the University of Delaware library hours before traveling to visit the library.

Library hours are also available at + 1 (302) 831-2665.

  • Director, Special Collections and Museums
  • Special Collections
    • Timothy D. Murray (PACSCL rep), Librarian and Head of Special Collections, (302) 831-6952,
    • John Caldwell, Senior Assistant Librarian and Coordinator, Political Papers and Electronic Records, (302) 831-6293,
    • Timothy English, Library Assistant III, (302) 831-2229,
    • Jesse Erickson, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Researcher in Special Collections and Digital Humanities, (302) 831-8741,
    • Dustin Frohlich, Processing Archivist, (302) 831-0963,
    • Alexander Johnston, Associate Librarian and Coordinator, Books and Printed Materials, (302) 831-2293,
    • Jaime Margalotti, Associate Librarian and Coordinator, Manuscript and Archival Description, (302) 831-0554,
    • L. Rebecca Johnson Melvin, Coordinator of Special Projects, Manuscripts Librarian, and Curator of the Joseph R. Biden, Jr., senatorial papers, (302) 831-6089, 
    • Mark Samuels Lasner, Senior Research Fellow, (302) 831-3250,
    • Curtis Small, Jr., Ph.D., Senior Assistant Librarian and Coordinator, Public Services, (302) 831-6518,
    • Valerie Stenner, Library Assistant II, (302) 831-2229,
  • Museums
    • Amanda Zehnder, Ph.D., Chief Curator, (302) 831-4075,
    • Janet Gardner Broske, Collections Manager, (302) 831-1043,
    • Peggy Douglas, Administrative Assistant III, (302) 831-8037,
    • Sharon Fitzgerald, Ph.D., Curator II, Mineralogical Museum, (302) 831-6557, 
    • Brian Kamen, Preparator and Facilities Coordinator, (302) 831-6027,
    • Ashley Rye-Kopec, Curator of Education and Outreach, (302) 831-8047,

Holdings of the Special Collections of the University of Delaware Library, Museums & Press include approximately 200,000 books, serials, and other printed items, nearly 10,000 linear feet of manuscripts, as well as significant collections of historic maps, prints, photographs, broadsides, periodicals, pamphlets, ephemera, and realia from the fifteenth to the twenty-first century. The collections complement the Library's general collections with particular strengths in the subject areas of the arts; French, English, Irish, and American literature; history and Delawareana; the history of printing and publishing; horticulture and landscape design; and the history of science and technology. The University of Delaware Archives is separately administered and comprises university records and history of the institution.

Finding aids for manuscript collections can be accessed directly at: The Library's digital collections can be found at:

The Mark Samuels Lasner Collection is associated with the Special Collections Department of the University of Delaware Library. The collection, housed in the Morris Library, focuses on British literature and art of the period 1850 to 1900, with an emphasis on the Pre-Raphaelites and on the writers and illustrators of the 1890s. Its holdings comprise over 9,500 first and other editions (including many signed and association copies), manuscripts, letters, works on paper, and ephemera. Please note that only a small portion of the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection is listed in the DELCAT Discovery catalog.

There are three Museums on University of Delaware’s campus. One comprises a renowned mineralogical collection and the other two feature the art collection. Strengths of the art collection include photography, twentieth-century and contemporary American art (especially prints and work by African American artists), Inuit and Yup'ik art, and European prints. Educational programming provides opportunities for individuals and classes to learn about the objects and their broader cultural significance. 

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University of Pennsylvania

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

3420 Walnut Street, sixth floor
(enter on Locust Walk)
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206
215-898-7088 voice
215-573-9079 fax

Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm; Wednesday, 10am-8pm  during the fall, spring, and summer academic semesters. Consult website for list of closings.

  • William Noel, Director, Kislak Center for Special Collections and
    Founding Director of the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, 215-898-7088,
  • David McKnight, Director, Rare Book and Manuscript Library and
    Curator, Schoenberg Center For Electronic Text and Image (SCETI), 215-746-5829,
  • Lynne Farrington, Curator of Printed Books, 215-746-5828,
  • Lauren Rile Smith, Printed Book Assistant, 215-898-7088,
  • Nancy M. Shawcross, Curator of Manuscripts, 215-898-2065,
  • Daniel H. Traister, Curator of Research Services (retired), 215-898-7089,
  • John Pollack, Public Services Specialist, 215-746-5825,
  • Elton-John Torres, Administrative & Reprographic Services Coordinator, 215-746-5826,
  • Andrea Gottschalk, Exhibition Designer & Coordinator, 215-746-5824,
  • Sibylla Benatova, Preservation Assistant/Conservation Technician, 215-746-5827,

With approximately 250,000 printed books and nearly ten million pieces of manuscript material, the Rare Book and Manuscript Library is a small part of the University's 5 million-volume library system. The Rare Book and Manuscript Library serves faculty and students across the Penn campus and around the world. Special strengths include American literature, drama, and history; English, Spanish, Italian, and German literature; the Edgar Fahs Smith Memorial Collection in the history of chemistry; the Horace Howard Furness Memorial Library devoted to Shakespeare and his contemporaries; and the Henry Charles Lea Library with strengths in Church history, the Inquisition, magic, and witchcraft.

Manuscript collections include materials from the 12th through 20th centuries, with notable archives of the works of such moderns as Theodore Dreiser, James T. Farrell, Lewis Mumford, and Marian Anderson. Highly specialized collections include the works of Jonathan Swift, Aristotle editions and commentaries, both printed and manuscript, up to 1700; the Curtis Collection of Benjamin Franklin's printing; and the output of the Dutch firm of Elzevir from the 16th through the 18th centuries.

In addition to the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, there are important special collections in other Penn libraries. The Center for Advanced Judaic Studies holds thousands of volumes of rare manuscript and printed judaica; the Fine Arts Library contains a large and important collection of books on architecture; and the University Museum Library has notable strengths in rare materials relating to the history of anthropology. The School of Nursing maintains an extensive nursing archive, and the University Archives document the history of the University going back to the mid-eighteenth century.

Villanova University

Catalog: VuFind

Falvey Memorial Library

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

The Special Collections Room is generally open

  • Monday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Tuesday: 10:00am - 1:00pm
  • Wednesday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Thursday: 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Friday: CLOSED

Contact us to confirm the current schedule or to make an appointment for other hours.


Rare Book Room, 610-519-5271

Michael Foight, Special Collections and Digital Library Coordinator, 610-519-5271,

Laura Bang, Digital Library and Special Collections Curatorial Assistant, 610-519-6390,

The Special Collections of Villanova University's Falvey Memorial Library are comprised of some 15,000 printed volumes along with papers and historical records. Notable sub-collections include holdings in Augustiana, European imprints to 1800, the Hubbard Collection (works by Elbert G. Hubbard and works printed at the Roycroft Press), the McGarrity Collection on Irish History and Irish-American relations, incunabula, fine bindings, Cuala Press and Dolmen Press chapbooks and broadsides, North American imprints to 1820, and Villanovana.

The Library also hosts the University Archives, located on the fourth floor of the library. The Augustinian Historical Institute, which is dedicated to the heritage of the Augustinian Order, is also located on the Villanova University campus. Special Collections is actively acquiring rare items in Irish history and Irish-American relations and also in the area of Augustinian studies.

Current projects include the digitization of items from Special Collections for inclusion in the Villanova University Digital Library.

Wagner Free Institute of Science

NUC Symbol: PPWa
1700 Montgomery Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19121
215-763-6529, ext. 12 voice
215-763-1299 fax

Tuesday-Friday, 9 AM-4 PM by appointment


Chartered in 1855, The Wagner Free Institute of Science is a natural history museum and educational institution devoted to providing free public education in the sciences. It occupies its original building, completed in 1865, which remains virtually unchanged since the 1890s. The Library contains some 45,000 volumes on the natural and physical sciences, metallurgy, education, medicine, archaeology and anthropology, the pseudo-sciences, instrument building, and photography from the seventeenth to the early-twentieth centuries. The collection reflects the Institute's curriculum of courses over its history and the research interests of its faculty and staff. The holdings of the Library mirror the Institute's mission. The William Wagner Collection (collected by the Institute’s founder) contains 3,000 volumes and includes rare editions of eighteenth and nineteenth century works on literature and history in addition to natural science. The Library also oversees the Archives, which comprises the family, personal, and business papers of William Wagner and records of the Institute’s founding and early years. The manuscript collections contain correspondence of notable scientists, such as Joseph Leidy, Edward Drinker Cope, Constantine S. Rafinesque, Angelo Heilprin, and Samuel George Gordon. The Library also includes maps, prints, photographs, drawings, and glass lantern slides that illustrated the early course lectures.

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

NUC Symbol: DeWint
Catalog: WinterCat

Winterthur Library

5105 Kennett Pike
Winterthur, DE 19735
302-888-4681 voice
302-888-3367 fax

Mon - Fri 8:30-4:30

Second Saturdays, 9:00-1:00
Staff: General reference:

The Winterthur Library is a research center for the study of American art and material culture whose resources for advanced study include more than 100,000 volumes, nearly 3,000 record groups of manuscripts, and approximately 150,000 visual images.  Rare book holdings are particularly strong in architecture and design pattern books, American and British manufacturers' and retailers' trade catalogs, descriptions of craft techniques, advice literature, periodicals that promote or describe lifestyles, and city directories and design.  The Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera documents American craftspeople and everyday life in America.  Specific items include account books, sketchbooks, drawings, diaries, architectural papers, textile swatchbooks, and advertising ephemera.  The Winterthur Archives includes the papers of Henry Francis du Pont and his father, Colonel Henry Algernon du Pont, Winterthur Farm records, and early administrative records of Winterthur as a museum.  The Decorative Arts Photographic Collection documents decorative art objects made or used in America prior to 1914.  Nearly all of the objects are located away from Winterthur .  Notable special collections include the Waldron Phoenix Belknap, Jr., Research Library of American Painting; the Edward Deming Andrews Memorial Shaker Collection; and the John and Carolyn Grossman Collection, which focuses on the history of chromolithography.