The PACSCL Diaries Project

J. Welles Henderson Archives and Library, Independence Seaport Museum, 1978.5.2: Steam Sloop Wyoming logbook and journal, vol. 2. Location log and dried seaweed sample.

J. Welles Henderson Archives and Library, Independence Seaport Museum, 1978.5.2: Steam Sloop Wyoming logbook and journal, vol. 2. Location log and dried seaweed sample.

[A proof-of-concept project for a pilot group of 53 diary volumes mounted on the University of Pennsylvania Libraries’  OPenn repository, accessible on this site using a page-turning interface. The PACSCL Diaries Project paved the way for the Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis initiative and other projects currently in development.]

The PACSCL Diaries Project allows researchers an intimate view into a wide variety of personalities, largely from Philadelphia, as they went about their daily lives and commented on the world around them.

The project provides an online archive of diaries drawn from PACSCL member collections. In addition to viewing the diaries in a page-turning interface, users will be able to download high-resolution images of the pages for offline viewing and reuse. The diaries are offered as free cultural works and can be downloaded in bulk.