Tagged Special Collections

Who Said It: Shakespeare, Milton, or Shake Milton?

The Rare Book Department has some true treasures within its collections, but perhaps one of its most special collections is the First Folio of William Shakespeare . What is the “First Folio”? It contains the collected works…

Spotlight on Special Collections: Artist Dox Thrash and the WPA Printmaking Collection

Dox Thrash was an innovative artist and printmaker who gained recognition for his realistic and moving depictions of Black life while working for the federally-funded Philadelphia Fine Print Workshop.  Dox…

Happy Ramadan: Manuscripts of the Muslim World and Beyond!

What are the most popular Googled questions about Ramadan? Here's what we found: When does Ramadan begin and end in 2021? What is allowed and not allowed during Ramadan? What does Ramadan celebrate? What can’t you do…

Women's History Month | The 19th Amendment and Making Her Mark

When the 19th Amendment passed in 1920, the ways many American women engage civically forever changed. Voter enfranchisement continues to be a touchpoint for movements dedicated to participatory democracy. Count Every Vote, Stroll to…

Reimagining a Recipe for Radical Self Care

by Jena Harris and Suzanna Urminska "In every race, in every nation and in every clime in every period of history there is always an eager-eyed group of youthful patriots who seriously set themselves to right the wrongs done to…

Online Exhibition Experiences to Welcome in the New Year

While the days of immersing ourselves at an in-person exhibit at a favorite gallery or museum are still out of reach for so many of us, as we continue to follow health guidelines to help manage the spread of COVID-19, online versions…

Story Search from Special Collections: An Interview by Hannah Cho

Hannah Cho is a University of Pennsylvania Work-Study student from Davis, CA. During the Fall semester, she studied, recorded, and edited the Story Search podcasts remotely from South Korea. I’ve always been more of a talker…

Making Her Mark: Philadelphia Women Fight for the Vote Digital Exhibition Launches

I still remember as a child, coming along as my mother cast her ballot. Standing side by side with my mother, the first person in my family to vote in the U.S., left me with wide-eyed curiosity. The wait in line culminating in a thick…

Making Her Mark: Philadelphia Women Fight for the Vote Exhibition Opens Fall 2020

As we find ourselves weeks away from Election Day, consider this question:  Who was the first person in your family to vote?  The stories of Philadelphia women who built and sustained movements dedicated to voting rights is…

"Medieval Life" Comes to Parkway Central

What do books and objects from 800 years ago have to do with our present-day concerns? An exhibition taking shape online and in the  Rare Book Department 's William B. Dietrich Gallery uses objects from the distant past to…

Philadelphia History from Home: Digital Access to Primary Sources

You may have heard the recent news that Free Library cardholders now have access to ProQuest’s Historical Black Newspapers , featuring coverage of The Philadelphia Tribune (the oldest continuously-published Black daily!) from…

Celebrate Wawa Welcome America Virtually with the Free Library!

For nearly three decades, America’s birthplace (Philly, of course!) has celebrated Independence Day with Wawa Welcome America – a free, multi-day festival encompassing multicultural and multigenerational…

Finding "Nonno"

In addition to offering patrons ever-growing Digital Collections , dozens of research databases , and a rich variety of genealogic resources , the Free Library and the Special Collections Division deliver an exceptional customer…

"I Voted" Stickers from Our Special Collections

It's Primary Election Day in Philadelphia! If you've signed up in Pennsylvania to vote by mail , you should have already received your ballot with its easy-to-follow instructions, enclosure envelope, and mailing envelope. The…

Diving into Digital Collections

For more than 25 years, libraries have been digitizing their collections, and the Free Library has digital collections in abundance—providing the opportunity to browse through roughly 50,000 images or to take a deep dive into the…

Ramadan Mubarak and QURAN TEEN Virtual Event!

As Salaamu Alikum and Ramadan Mubarak! Yes,  Ramadan is finally here! The Free Library of Philadelphia wishes our Muslim friends in Philadelphia and all over a blessed holiday! For those of you who are unfamiliar with Ramadan,…

#SpecialCollectionsAtHome

The Free Library of Philadelphia is home to a myriad of Special Collections . Since mid-March, we have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that those of us who work with the Special Collections, are unable to work…

Celebrate Preservation Week at the Free Library!

Preservation Week is an annual celebration that began in 2012 with the American Library Association and is celebrated in libraries, museums, and households around the country. The theme for this year is Preserving Oral Histories , and…

Going the Distance: Remote Learning and Online Resources for Educators

On Thursday, April 8, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced the unprecedented closure of  K-12 schools for the remainder of the year due to the outbreak of COVID-19 . In lieu of brick and mortar classes, the…

The Rights and Wrongs of Social Distancing

by Karin S. and Chris B. Social Distancing can be a challenge! It seems like the rules of what you should and shouldn't do are always changing.  To help you learn* about the right and wrong ways to do it, a team of Special…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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