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The 2013 Summer Seminar for School Teachers participants with Richard S. Newman.

Current Exhibition

The Living Book: New Perspectives on Form and Function. Library Company of Philadelphia Exhibition Poster. (2017). Exhibition on view May 9, 2017 - Janauary 5, 2018. thelivingbook.librarycompany.org

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The Library Company of Philadelphia announces its Final Year of the NEH Challenge Grant Help us Endow the Program in African American History! In 2013, the Library Company launched a $2 million campaign to endow the Program in African American History (PAAH) in support of acquisitions, staff support, fellowships and public programs. Click iamge to LEARN MORE...

Upcoming Events

THE LIBRARY COMPANY’S 286TH ANNUAL DINNER

Thursday, November 16, 2017

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Oct
19
Thu
2017
Surviving Slavery in the British Caribbean
Oct 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Surviving Slavery in the British Caribbean @ The Library Company of Philadelphia | Philadelphia | PA | US

Surviving Slavery in the British Caribbean

Co-sponsored by the Program in Early American Economy and Society & The McNeil Center for Early American Studies

5:30  pm Reception

6:00 pm Lecture & Book Signing with Dr. Randy Browne

Atlantic slave societies were notorious deathtraps. In Surviving Slavery in the British Caribbean, Randy M. Browne looks past the familiar numbers of life and death and into a human drama in which enslaved Africans and their descendants struggled to survive against their enslavers, their environment, and sometimes one another.

Provocative and unflinching, Browne’s book reorients the study of Atlantic slavery by revealing how differently enslaved people’s social relationships, cultural practices, and political strategies appear when seen in the light of their unrelenting struggle to survive.

“Drawing upon a remarkable archive of protests by the enslaved, Randy M. Browne thoroughly reimagines the politics of slavery. … he carefully teases out the slaves’ multifaceted struggle for survival in some of the most brutal conditions ever known. These black lives matter to Browne…as much for what they tell us about humanity writ large as for how they compel us to rethink the world of Atlantic slavery from the inside out.”—Vincent Brown, author of The Reaper’s Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery

“Randy M. Browne’s important study of the late slavery period in Berbice uses a rich, but surprisingly underused, set of sources—reports of the fiscals and protectors of slaves—to take a fresh approach to the study of Caribbean slave societies. Browne is attentive to the multiple dynamics of power and the complexity of the situation of many enslaved people.”—Diana Paton, Edinburgh University

“Deeply researched, clearly written, provocative, and significant, Surviving Slavery in the British Caribbean is a paradigm-shifting book.”—Justin Roberts, Dalhousie University

Nov
8
Wed
2017
Curators’ Perspectives: Exploring the Material Culture of the Book
Nov 8 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Curators’ Perspectives: Exploring the Material Culture of the Book @ Library Company of Philadelphia | Philadelphia | PA | US

Curators’ Perspectives: Exploring the Material Culture of the Book

5:30 pm: Reception

6:00 pm: Presentations by Library Company Curators

In conjunction with the Library Company’s current exhibition, The Living Book: New Perspectives on Form and Function, five of our curators will present on several aspects of material and book culture. Each curator will show twenty slides and speak on them for twenty seconds each. The 6min 40sec presentation will be followed by a 5 minute Q and A. This fast-paced presentation style allows our curators share exciting new thoughts and research in a fun and informal way.

Andrea Krupp (Conservator) – What is the Book?

Erika Piola (Associate Curator of Prints and Photographs and Co-Director of the Visual Culture Program) – Scrapbooks

Jennifer Rosner (Chief of Conservation) – Papier-mâché Bindings

Rachel D’Agostino (Curator of Printed Books and Co-Director of the Visual Culture) – Tactility and Technology

Sarah Weatherwax (Curator of Prints & Photographs) – Photograph Albums

Nov
18
Sat
2017
Snapshot of American Experience: Using Digital Collections in the Classroom
Nov 18 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

The Library Company of Philadelphia & The University of the Arts present:

Snapshot of American Experience: Using Digital Collections in the Classroom

This free workshop is for K-12 educators only. Space is extremely limited. To secure your reservation we are asking for a small deposit to be refunded on your arrival. If you need to cancel your reservation for any reason, please let us know immediately so your spot can be given to someone else. 

In the 19th and early 20th century Marriott C. Morris, an amateur photographer from Philadelphia, documented the lives of his family and friends, paying particular attention to his Germantown neighborhood. The Library Company has partnered with the University of the Arts to bring together a day long workshop for teachers, exploring the Marriott C. Morris Photograph Collection.

Library Company Curator of Prints & Photographs, Sarah Weatherwax and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of the Arts, Jordan Rockford will teach workshop attendees the basic timeline of photographic history and how Morris’s work fits into that context. Participants will work with original materials as well as navigate through a publicly-accessible website devoted to the Morris collection. Using nearly 3,000 images, this workshop will familiarize teachers with how to incorporate historical visual primary source material into classroom instruction.

ACT 48 Credits Available

Parking and Lunch Provided

Image information: Marriott Canby Morris. [Parachute game] Boys’ Parlor Camp, Wildwood, NJ, July 1907, Photograph. Marriott C. Morris Photograph Collection.

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