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…

Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City

Authors Nathaniel Popkin and Peter Woodall, along with photographer/co-author Joseph E. B. Elliott, will present their book Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City and sign copies of the book, which will be available for purchase. This…

The Devil Inside Me

Join us— if you dare —for a retrospective discussion of the infamous serial killers and mass murderers that have walked and stalked the streets of Philadelphia. When one thinks of Philadelphia over the centuries, one…

From Proposal to Project: Philadelphia’s Parkway, 1884–1937

Highlighting materials from the Library’s Map Collection, this exhibition delves into the complicated history of the Parkway’s initial proposal, its iterations of building plans, and its triumphant renaming. Learn about the…

Author Talk: Thom Nickels

Author Thom Nickels will discuss his book Literary Philadelphia. Thom Nickels is the author of 11 published books, the theater critic for ICON Magazine, a weekly columnist for Philadelphia Magazine, Spirit Newspapers, and a Huff Post…

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.