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Historical Society of Pennsylvania Library

In the America we envision, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania engages and enriches all who read, watch films, interact with people of different origins, and explore the Philadelphia region and Pennsylvania. We do so through the histories that we document and illuminate. To bring history to the people and the people to history, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania works to expand American history's documentation, accessibility, and use. Founded in 1824 and significantly augmented in 2002 by The Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, the Society serves as a vital gateway to historical resources and understanding for educators and researchers, regional heritage preservationists and presenters, and community history partners. The Society preserves and explores the origins, diversity, and development of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the nation as one of the great repositories of United States history, as the preeminent library of Pennsylvaniana, and as a distinguished publisher and educator. The Society’s collections on the Underground Railroad and slavery, subjects pivotal to this nation’s history and integral to our holdings, document their roles not only in America’s social fabric, but in its psyche as well.

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia, 19107

Contact Information: library@hsp.org

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: David Moltke-Hansen

Location Type: Facility