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The following collections have printed book catalogs that are available at the Free Library and may be available at other research or university libraries:
John Frederick Lewis Collection of European Manuscripts
  • Edwin Wolf 2nd. A Descriptive Catalogue of the John Frederick Lewis Collection of European Manuscripts in The Free Library of Philadelphia. Philadelphia, 1937.
John Frederick Lewis Collection of Oriental Manuscripts
  • Mohammed Ahmed Simsar. Oriental Manuscripts of the John Frederick Lewis Collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Philadelphia, 1937.
Hampton L. Carson Law Collection
  • Catalogue of the Hampton L. Carson Collection Illustrative of the Growth of the Common Law in the Free Library of Philadelphia. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1962.
Pennsylvania German Fraktur
  • Frederick Weiser and Howell J. Heaney. The Pennsylvania German Fraktur of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Breinigsville: The Pennsylvania German Society and The Free Library of Philadelphia, 1976.
Oliver Goldsmith
  • Temple Scott. Oliver Goldsmith Bibliographically and Biographically Considered. New York: The Bowling Green Press, 1928.

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Catalogs or finding aids for most of the department’s other collections are available in the Rare Book Department, including:
  • Joseph E. Widener Collection of European Manuscripts(checklist)

  • Pennsylvania German imprints, broadsides, and reference books. (card file)

  • J.F. Lewis Collection of Illuminated Manuscript Leaves (card file)

  • J.F. Lewis Text Leaves (card file)

  • J.F. Lewis Oriental Miniatures (checklist with reproductions)

  • Works of Charles Dickens (card files)

  • Elkins Americana (checklist)

  • Moncure Biddle Collection of Horace (card file)

  • Frederick R. Gardner Collection of Robert Lawson (checklist)

  • Incunabula (annotated copy of Goff’s Incunabula in American Libraries, 1964)

  • The Thornton Oakley Collection of Howard Pyle and His Students: books, letters, manuscripts, and art (card file)

  • D. Jacques Benoliel Collection of James Branch Cabell (card file)

  • The Works of A. Edward Newton (checklist)

Literary And Historical Manuscript Collections (Letters, Signed Documents And Literary Manuscripts) have their own finding aids in the Rare Book Department:
  • Lewis Autographs of Engravers. (Autographs, notes, letters and receipts from 17th and 18th century British engravers).

  • D. Jacques Benoliel Collection of the Letters of Charles Dickens, also includes manuscripts, documents, illustrations and Dickens circle letters.

  • Beatrix Potter, Arthur Rackham and Kate Greenaway. Letters, manuscripts, artwork, and ephemera.

  • Presidential Autographs. These letters and signed documents are catalogued within the Historical Manuscripts finding aid.

  • Jay Treaty Papers. Part of the Elkins Americana Collection.

  • Historical Manuscripts. Other miscellaneous historical manuscripts and letters.

  • Literary Manuscripts. Other miscellaneous literary manuscripts and letters, including Samuel Clemens, Joseph Conrad, Bret Harte, George Bernard Shaw, James Branch Cabell, Robert Louis Stevenson and Oscar Wilde.

  • The Col. Richard Gimbel Collection of Edgar Allan Poe. Manuscripts and letters.

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