Tagged Philadelphia History

Rediscovered Public Art: Alexander Calder, Sheila Hicks, Gerhard Marcks

This display looks at two works of art that have been recently returned to public display in Philadelphia and the three artists behind them. Two of the eight textile banners designed by Alexander Calder and made by Sheila Hicks through…

Making Her Mark: Philadelphia Women Fight for the Vote: Self-Guided Tour

The Making Her Mark exhibition is open in the West Gallery of the Parkway Central Library and offers a look at the stories of Philadelphia women who built and sustained movements dedicated to voting rights. Making Her Mark was curated…

Garden Variety: An Arrangement of Exceptional Art

Now that the Free Library of Philadelphia has reopened to the public, Parkway Central feels like it is in full bloom again! We hope you enjoy these botanically-themed materials housed in the Children’s Literature Research…

Garden Variety: An Arrangement of Exceptional Art

Now that the Free Library of Philadelphia has reopened to the public, Parkway Central feels like it is in full bloom again! We hope you enjoy these botanically-themed materials housed in the Children’s Literature Research…

Garden Variety: An Arrangement of Exceptional Art

Now that the Free Library of Philadelphia has reopened to the public, Parkway Central feels like it is in full bloom again! We hope you enjoy these botanically-themed materials housed in the Children’s Literature Research…

Art of the New Deal: Lunchtime Zoom

The Print and Picture Collection and Art Department will present and discuss library artifacts created by artists for multiple federal projects of the New Deal era. In conjunction with the library exhibition For The Greatest Number: The…

Art of the New Deal: Lunchtime Zoom

The Print and Picture Collection and Art Department will present and discuss library artifacts created by artists for multiple federal projects of the New Deal era. In conjunction with the library exhibition For The Greatest Number: The…

Auction Finds: A New Twist on Art Collecting, an author talk with Sherry L. Howard

Sherry L. Howard will present an Arts Talk and Book Signing for her new book ART WITH HEART: How I Built a Sweet Collection by Buying Cheap at Auction .  Sherry has been collecting art at auctions for years and writing about the…

Sanborn Maps, 1867–1970 (Formerly Sanborn Maps Geo Edition)

Explore America’s building history through over 660,000 black-and-white, large-scale maps, which chart the growth of more than 12,000 towns and cities. Read this blog post to learn more.

Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001)

Full access to the oldest continuously published daily Black newspaper in the United States.

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.

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.