Philadelphia Historical Libraries
Philadelphia has many historical libraries, many of them founded in the 18th and early 19th centuries, and they have extensive collections documenting life in the Americas. The libraries most likely to be useful for this course are:
The Library Company of Philadelphia is an independent research library concentrating on American society and culture from the 17th to the 19th centuries. It is located at 1314 Locust Street, and is free and open to the public. Hours: 9:00 am - 4:45 pm Monday-Friday.
Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street (next to the Library Company). Extensive holdings of manuscripts, books, pamphlets and newspapers on the Philadelphia region and US history. Hours: Limited,
American Philosophical Society, 105 South 5th Street (across from Independence Hall). Started by Benjamin Franklin, it has strong 18th century collections, including Franklin's papers. Hours: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday-Friday.
Presbyterian Historical Society, 425 Lombard Street (1 block from South Street). Holds the archives of the Presbyterian Church of the United States, and has collections on the temperance movement.
For a listing of other major historical research libraries in the region, see the website for the Philadelphia Area Consortium for Special Collections Libraries: http://pacscl.org/
Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections/ Swarthmore College Friends Historical Library
Haverford and Swarthmore are the two leading libraries for studying the history of Quakerism, and both libraries have extensive holdings of family papers and correspondence, organizational records, pamphlets, and newspapers documenting colonial life in the Philadelphia region.
Haverford College Quaker and Special Collections is in Magill Library. Hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday.
Swarthmore College Friends Historical Library is in McCabe Library. Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Saturday.