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, gorskis@philau.edu
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.