Tagged Philadelphia History

Parkway Central Library – Past, Present, and Future...

First imagined in the mid-1890s, begun in earnest in 1910, and finally completed in 1927, the Parkway Central Library building is a triumph of civic architecture and library science. The world and the building have undergone many…

Film Screening: Philadelphia: Our Nation’s First World Heritage City

Please join us for a film screening, followed by a talk and Q&A session with Dr. David Brownlee of the University of Pennsylvania. The film, which was written and narrated by David Brownlee and produced and directed by Sam Katz,…

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.

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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 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.

Erica Armstrong Dunbar | Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge

Named the first director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia, Erica Armstrong Dunbar is a professor of Black American Studies and History at the University of Delaware. She has contributed…

Michael Chabon | Moonglow

Michael Chabon won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay , an epic story of New York adventure and possibility during the golden age of comic books. His ascent to literary stardom began with…

The American Presidency | Larry Tye | Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon

RFK started his career working under Senator Joseph McCarthy. He died a liberal hero. Author and journalist Larry Tye shows us how the remarkable journey occurred, sharing pieces of history revealed in his newly released book. …

Benny Golson | Whisper Not: The Autobiography of Benny Golson

Saxophonist and composer Benny Golson learned his instrument and the vocabulary of jazz while still in high school in Philadelphia. Over the course of an illustrious 60-year career, he has recorded more than 30 albums, written well over…

Nathaniel Philbrick | Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution

“Popular history at its best: a taut narrative with a novelist's touch, grounded in careful research” ( Miami Herald ), Nathaniel Philbrick’s works include the National Book Award-winning  In The Heart of the Sea  and  Boston Globe…

Diane McKinney-Whetstone | Lazaretto

A writer of “wrenching and sweet truths that feel familiar to any reader” ( Philadelphia Magazine ), Diane McKinney-Whetstone is the author of five acclaimed novels, including Tumbling , Tempest Rising , and Trading Dreams at Midnight ,…

James McBride | Kill 'Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul

James McBride is the author of the National Book Award winner The Good Lord Bird , in which a young boy born into slavery joins abolitionist John Brown’s crusade, concealing his identity and gender to survive. His other books include…