Historical Society of Pennsylvania

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Historical Society of Pennsylvania
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Contact Information

E-mail:[1]  Public Services Librarian


Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 1907-5699

Telephone:[2]  215-732-6200
Fax:[2]  215-732-2680

Hours and holidays:[3]

Closed Sundays, Mondays, Saturdays
Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday 12:30p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Holiday schedule

Directions, maps, and public transportation:[2]

  • By Car: Directions and Parking Options
  • Public Transportation
    • Find bus and train information at [www.septa.com www.septa.com] or PATCO Hi Speedline
      • Bus Route: SEPTA bus route 12 stops on Locust Street directly in front of HSP.
      • Subways: HSP is two blocks east of the Walnut/Locust stop on the Broad Street Subway or four blocks south of the 13th/Market stop on the Market/Frankford Subway. There is a PATCO stop at the corner of 13th and Locust Streets, directly in front of HSP.
      • Train: Take any SEPTA commuter rail line to Market East Station. Walk south on 12th Street to Locust Street. Then turn right and walk one block west on Locust to 13th Street. If you prefer to ride the train into Suburban Station, you may walk past City Hall south on Broad Street to Locust, where you turn left and walk two blocks.

Internet sites and databases:

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  • Repository catalog online.
  • Repository database.
  • other(s).

Information on all of HSP's collections is available in our online catalog "Discover."

Collection Description

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  • There is a Library Admission for non-members.
  • Entry to the library, photocopy service, and paging all end 45 minutes prior to closing time.[3]
  • Notice of weather or emergency closings will be posted on the Historical Society's website and on the Society's weather phone line at 215--732-6200 ext. 505.[3]
  • Photocopy services are available to both on- and off-site researchers for $0.50 a page.[3]
  • The use of film or digital still-image cameras is permitted in the library at no additional cost. Please see Copy and Camera Policies for details.[3]
  • All first-time visitors to the library must complete a Research Registration Form. You may print and complete the form prior to your visit, or you may complete it at the front desk before entering the library.[3]


  • Finding aids provide background information, descriptions, and inventories for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania collections. List of finding aids that represent a small portion of our holdings that are currently available online.[6]
  • Search capability available to browse subject guides. Sampling: African-American Collections, Civil War Manuscripts and Newspapers, Civil War Resources, Ethnic History Resources, Family History & Genealogy, Federal Census Records, Jewish Resources, Land Records Guide, Military Records, City Directories, Vital Records.[7]

Alternate Repositories

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If you cannot visit or find a source at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, a similar source may be available at one of the following.

Overlapping Collections

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Similar Collections

Neighboring Collections


  1. Staff at Historical Society of Pennsylvania] (accessed 25 September 2012).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Address and Directions at Historical Society of Pennsylvania] (accessed 25 September 2012).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Library Hours and Admission at Historical Society of Pennsylvania] (accessed 25 September 2012).
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  6. Finding Aids at Historical Society of Pennsylvania] (accessed 25 September 2012).
  7. Subject Guides at Historical Society of Pennsylvania] (accessed 25 September 2012).