Historical Society of Pennsylvania

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Historical Society of Pennsylvania
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Contact Information

E-mail:[1]  Public Services Librarian


Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 1907-5699

Telephone:[2]  215-732-6200
Fax:[2]  215-732-2680

Hours and holidays:[3]

Closed Sundays, Mondays, Saturdays
Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday 12:30p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Holiday schedule

Directions, maps, and public transportation:[4]  {Optional}

Internet sites and databases:

  • Repository Internet site {create a link for each bullet, and then give a line or two listing content so the reader will know if it is worthwhile to click on that link}.
  • Repository catalog online.
  • Repository database.
  • other(s).

Collection Description

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  • There is a Library Admission for non-members.
  • Entry to the library, photocopy service, and paging all end 45 minutes prior to closing time.[3]
  • Notice of weather or emergency closings will be posted on the Historical Society's website and on the Society's weather phone line at 215--732-6200 ext. 505.[3]
  • Photocopy services are available to both on- and off-site researchers for $0.50 a page.
  • The use of film or digital still-image cameras is permitted in the library at no additional cost. Please see Copy and Camera Policies for details.
  • All first-time visitors to the library must complete a Research Registration Form. You may print and complete the form prior to your visit, or you may complete it at the front desk before entering the library.


  • Finding Aids Finding aids provide background information, descriptions, and inventories for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania collections. In addition to those that are available in the library, we are working to make finding aids available online as well. Below are finding aids currently available online, and they represent only a small portion of our holdings. Many of our collections do not have finding aids but please check back often as new finding aids are reguarly added. Information on all of HSP's collections is available in our online catalog Discover.
  • Subject Guides Has a search capability to browse subject guides. Sampling: African-American Collections, Civil War Manuscripts & Newspapers, Civil War Resources, Ethnic History Resources, Family History & Genealogy, Federal Census Records, Jewish Resources, Land Records Guide, Military Records, City Directories, Vital Records.

Alternate Repositories

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If you cannot visit or find a source at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

  • Alternate Repository {create link for each, and give line or two describing collection}

Similar Collections

Neighboring Collections


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Address and Directions at Historical Society of Pennsylvania] (accessed 25 September 2012).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Library Hours and Admission at Historical Society of Pennsylvania] (accessed 25 September 2012).
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