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  Had Daniel Schumacher (1729-1787) been an ordinary man, we probably would never have heard of him.  His bad habits of drinking, swearing, lying, and dancing, amongst others, were not… continue reading Rejoice My Heart for a New Year Begins

By written by Del-Louise M.    December 22, 2012    8

By   Edward G. Pettit The conviviality of the Dickensian world is nowhere more apparent than in Dickens’s Christmas books and stories. From Mr Pickwick celebrating at Dingley Dell to… continue reading A celebration of the Victorian conviviality of Charles Dickens

By written by Janine P.    December 10, 2012   

Three Moravian Manuscripts in the Pennsylvania German Collection at FLP The Pennsylvania German Collection at the Free Library of Philadelphia contains a  wealth of valuable research… continue reading If I’m Happy, Then I Must Sing, Part One

By written by Del-Louise M.    October 26, 2012    4

Theodor Schulz (1770-1850) Theodor Schulz (1770-1850) was born December 17, 1770 in Gerdauen, East Prussia, one of the towns founded by the Teutonic Knights in the Middle Ages, and rich in history… continue reading If I’m Happy, Then I Must Sing, Part Two

By written by Del-Louise M.    October 26, 2012   

Charlotte Sabine Schropp (1787-1833) Charlotte Sabine Schropp (1787-1833) was the second daughter of Johannes Schropp (1750-1805), and Maria Elisabeth (1753-1801) née Tannenberg, and was… continue reading If I’m Happy, Then I Must Sing, Part Three

By written by Del-Louise M.    October 26, 2012   

Sarah Horsfield (1785-1867) Sarah Horsfield (1785-1867), was the oldest daughter of Joseph Horsfield (1750-1834) and Elizabeth (1754-1836) née Benezet, and was born December 17, 1785. … continue reading If I’m Happy, Then I Must Sing, Part Four

By written by Del-Louise M.    October 26, 2012    2

  In their search for freedom of conscience and worship, as well as for the promise of economic self-sufficiency and inexpensive land, many German-speaking Christian sectarian groups… continue reading Gertrude Rapp, Expert in Silk and Song

By written by Del-Louise M.    July 31, 2012    2

My name is Michael Hillegas, and if you know me, it’s most likely because I served as the first Treasurer of the United States from 1777-1789. I have always, as you may have surmised, had… continue reading A Collection of Musick Adapted for the Harpsichord ex Libris Michael Hillegas

By written by Del-Louise M.    July 9, 2012   

Beware!  Lions, tigers and bears have been found in the Rare Book Department at the Free Library of Philadelphia.  Before making this discovery several weeks ago I wouldn’t have… continue reading Beware! Lions, Tigers and Bears in the Rare Book Department

By written by Del-Louise M.    June 5, 2012    1

In a previous post, I wrote about researching the personal and professional life of Philadelphia writer, actor, and comedian, Ed Wynn (1886-1966). A versatile and adaptable performer with… continue reading “The Perfect Fool” Lives On Part II

By written by Caitlin G.    May 23, 2012   

This past year, I had the privilege of processing and creating a finding aid for the papers of Ed Wynn (1886-1966), an actor, writer, and comedian from Philadelphia, as part of an internship… continue reading “The Perfect Fool” Lives On Part I

By written by Caitlin G.    May 22, 2012    2

If I were an 18 th century manuscript, and had a broken spine, and detached boards, not to mention all kinds of other injuries to my pages, I think I would contact the Conservation Center for Art… continue reading If I Were an 18th Century Manuscript

By written by Del-Louise M.    April 25, 2012   

By Edward Pettit The Vincent Van Gogh exhibition, Van Gogh Up Close , now open at the Philadelphia Museum of Art has been receiving lots of attention . The exhibition focuses on Van Gogh’s… continue reading Empty Chairs

By written by Caitlin G.    April 23, 2012    2

As archivists at the Children’s Literature Research Collection, it’s not surprising that most of the materials we work with are children’s book materials: drafts of manuscripts,… continue reading Dolls and Matchbooks and Buttons, Oh My!

By written by Caitlin G.    April 17, 2012    1

by Edward Pettit Tonight our Dickens Literary Salon will be discussing the author’s final, incomplete mystery novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood .  SPOILERS AHEAD When Edwin Drood goes… continue reading An Unsolved Mystery

By written by Caitlin G.    March 15, 2012    2

This is the first of many blog posts about The Borneman Pennsylvania German Manuscript Collection, which has been part of the Rare Book Department at the Free Library of Philadelphia (FLP) since… continue reading The Borneman Pennsylvania German Manuscript Collection Soon Available Online

By written by Janine P.    March 9, 2012   

When Charles Dickens died suddenly of stroke in 1870 he had written half of a novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood .  Dickens published all of his novels in serial format and wrote the chapters… continue reading Boz Bicentenary Speaker Series - Matthew Pearl

By written by Caitlin G.    March 2, 2012    1

With all the glitz and glamour that Hollywood is known for, it is easy to imagine that the Oscars have always looked like they do now with red carpets and galas and tear-soaked speeches. … continue reading Looking Back at the First Annual Academy Awards

By written by Caitlin G.    February 24, 2012   

Today marks the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens, and the Free Library joins the global celebration honoring the life and legacy of the world's first literary superstar. Philadelphia is… continue reading Happy 200th Birthday Charles Dickens!

By written by Caitlin G.    February 7, 2012    2

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