Education Philosophy and Religion Department

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Magic in the Ancient World

Wed, July 19, 2017 7:00 P.M.

In ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome, practitioners of magic exploited symbolic words, images, and rituals to achieve desired outcomes through supernatural means. Using magical acts they attempted to control supernatural powers—gods, demons, spirits, or ghosts—to…

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The Education, Philosophy, and Religion Department provides print, electronic information, and indexes concerning education, philosophy, ethics, religion, mythology, the occult, psychology, self-help, and librarianship. College financial aid information, test preparation material, and vo-tech information are all available here. It is also home to the WORKPLACE.

Historic Philadelphia Pamphlet Collection:
The Education Philosophy and Religion department maintains a historic collection of pamplets pertaining to our subject matter that dates from the mid 1700's to the late 1900's.

Education: A collection of brochures and essays on local K-12 public education and higher education. Many University of Pennsylvania sources. Dates range from the 19th century to the mid 20th century. Includes alumni brochures, educational efforts of WWII, and local vocational school information. This material may also be of interest to genealogists, alumni and class rolls are sometimes found and these do sometimes include addresses.

Historic Churches: Consists of local, regional (New England and South), and British publications issued by specific churches. Common topics include anniversary celebrations, building additions and architectural details, cornerstone layings, etc. The majority of the pamphlets are from the 19th century but some date back to the early 18th century. This is a good place to look for genealogical information as pew holders, congregation members, prominent  elders, etc. along with addresses are often included in the pamphlet.

Libraries: Historic materials relating to the history of the Free Library of Philadelphia can be found here along with information on other local library holdings and histories. Includes some ALA publications.

Missions: Includes missionary activities of various denominations in the US and abroad. It also includes pamphlets issued by the YMCA and YM&WHA (Young Men and Women's Hebrew Association) for lack of a more appropriate category in which to place them. 

Sermons, Essays, and Addresses: Look here for sermons delivered by specific ministers or orators and any other essay or address dealing with religion, morality, or ethics. Includes some radio broadcast sermon transcripts originally aired in the 40's and 50's.

Society of Friends: Histories of various Meeting Houses and Quakerism in Pennsylvania, the Northeast, and the UK. Biographies of prominent Quakers are found here along with an incomplete run of the Pendle Hill Bulletin. Please note that this category is split into two tables: one if for Pennsylvania only, the other is for all other geographic locales.

Databases: Databases that cover education, philosophy, religion, and library science that are available to all Free Library patrons.  A library card may be required to access these links. Don't have a FLP Library Card? Get one here


  • An online database of websites we have collected that are pertinent to the Education Philosophy and Religion Department. Use the tags on the left-hand side to navigate to the subject of your choice.