Tagged Philadelphia History

Corridor of Culture: 100 Years of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Between September 2017 and November 2018, all of Philadelphia will be celebrating the centennial of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Since 1917, this grand avenue has connected Philadelphia’s City Hall with the entrance to Fairmount…

Author Talk: James Wolfinger

Author James Wolfinger will present his book Running the Rails: Capital and Labor in the Philadelphia Transit Industry and sign copies of the book, which will be available for purchase. Running the Rails tells the history of…

The Publisher is Ambitious: William Bartram's Travels

William Bartram’s Travels was an unprecedented mix of literary genres—part travel book, part scientific record and description — a romantic narrative, an ethnography of Southern native peoples, and an exposition by…

Secrets of the Schuylkill Boat Ride, Free Library of Philadelphia

Join the Free Library for a fun-filled riverboat tour that highlights the past, present and future of the Schuylkill River. Discover the sights, sounds, and nearly 300 years of history of the “hidden river”. This adventure…

The Grid & the River: Philadelphia's Green Places, 1682-1876

Please join us as distinguished author and scholar, Dr. Elizabeth Milroy , discusses her latest work, "The Grid and the River: Philadelphia's Green Places" which was released in 2016 to wide…

Philadelphia Reads W.E.B. Du Bois

Discover the power of W.E.B. Du Bois’s ideas and their significance in our time.  This reading group focuses on the “The Souls of Black Folk,” his seminal study of African-American civilization at the turn of the…

Sanborn Maps Geo Edition (1867-1970)

(1867-1970) provides digital access to thousands of large-scale maps of American towns and cities, searchable by address and GPS coordinates.

Philadelphia Press Index

The Philadelphia Press (1857-1920) was one of Philadelphia's oldest major newpapers. This index is an electronic version of a paper index kept by Free Library staff from 1898 through 1912. It directs you to citations for specific…

Philadelphia Inquirer Digital Archive 1860-2001

This historical newspaper provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.

Philadelphia Evening Telegraph

Philadelphia Evening Telegraph was a daily afternoon newspaper started on January 4, 1864. Search, browse, and read it online here.

Pennsylvania Historical Newspapers

174 full-text historical Pennsylvania newspapers from 1790-1922.

Evening Public Ledger

Evening Public Ledger was one of the most widely read dailies in Philadelphia between 1914 and 1942. Read, search, and browse the full text of the paper here.