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Historical Society of Pennsylvania

  • 1300 Locust St. Map It
  • Center City West
  • Library/Archive

Published 02/01/2016

Fodor's Review

Following a merger with the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies in 2002 and the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania in 2006, this superlative special-collections library now contains more than 500,000 books, 300,000 graphic works, and 19 million manuscript items; the emphasis is on Colonial, early national, and Pennsylvania history, as well as immigration history and ethnicity. Founded in 1824, the society also owns one of the largest family history libraries in the nation. This is the place to go to trace your family roots. Notable items from the collection include the Penn family archives, President James Buchanan's papers, a printer's proof of the Declaration of Independence, and the first draft of the Constitution.

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1300 Locust St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107, USA

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Sight Details:

  • $8
  • Tues. and Thurs. 12:30–5:30, Wed. 12:30–8:30, Fri. 10–5:30

Published 02/01/2016


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