The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, founded in 1824, is one of the nation’s largest archives of historical documents.

Resources

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, founded in 1824, is one of the nation’s largest archives of historical documents. We are proud to serve as Philadelphia’s Library of American History, with over 21 million manuscripts, books, and graphic images encompassing centuries of US history. HSP serves more than 4,000 on-site researchers annually and millions more around the globe who use its online resources. HSP is also a leading center for the documentation and study of ethnic communities and immigrant experiences in the 20th century, and one of the largest family history libraries in the country. Through educator workshops, research opportunities, public programs and lectures throughout the year, we strive to make history relevant and exhilarating to all.

  • The Historical Society of Pennsylvania publishes several journals and magazines that are available to Friends of the organization.

    For Education

    The Historical Society of Pennsylvania publishes several journals and magazines that are available to Friends of the organization.
  • Scholars will find many resources to support their work, from unique manuscript collections, to fellowships to support research in those collections, to publications through which to share their work with others.

    For Researchers

    Scholars will find many resources to support their work, from unique manuscript collections, to fellowships to support research in those collections, to publications through which to share their work with others.
  • With more than 21 million items in our collections, from diaries and letters to deeds and directories, HSP is one of the most complete and professional genealogy centers in the nation—and the largest in the Mid-Atlantic region.

    For Genealogy

    With more than 21 million items in our collections, from diaries and letters to deeds and directories, HSP is one of the most complete and professional genealogy centers in the nation—and the largest in the Mid-Atlantic region.
  • This section presents information with a variety of methods – from annotated transcriptions to videos and audio casts to interactive websites.

    Online History

    This section presents information with a variety of methods – from annotated transcriptions to videos and audio casts to interactive websites.
  • The Historical Society of Pennsylvania publishes several journals and magazines that are available to Friends of the organization.

    Publications

    The Historical Society of Pennsylvania publishes several journals and magazines that are available to Friends of the organization.
  • HSP holds a variety of events throughout the year, including genealogy workshops, lectures and panel discussions, tours, and teacher workshops.

    Event Calendar

    HSP holds a variety of events throughout the year, including genealogy workshops, lectures and panel discussions, tours, and teacher workshops.
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Address

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T: (215) 732-6200

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Library Hours

Tuesday: 12:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday: 12:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Thursday: 12:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Friday: 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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