LCP News

OBJ 903 verso. Reverse of the medal.

By Deeds of Peace

This commemorative medal shows a profile bust of William…
June 8, 2017/by Ann McShane
A manipulated photograph depicting twelve women writers seated together. "Eminent Women," P.2016.73

Intern Spotlight: Diana Myers of Masterman High School

This month, Masterman High School senior Diana Myers has undertaken…
May 30, 2017/by Ann McShane
Thomas Sully. James Logan, 1831. Oil on canvas. Commissioned by the Library Company, 1831.

Portrait of James Logan Conserved

Our portrait of James Logan by Thomas Sully is back on display…
April 5, 2017/by Ann McShane
Portrait of Sallie Venning Holden, ca. 1900. Gelatin silver print mounted on board.

The Diaries of Sallie Sanders Venning

In January, former Curator of African American History Krystal…
February 24, 2017/by LCP Staff
Queen & Co. Standard Eye Colors (Philadelphia: Queen & Co., 1891). Chromolithograph.

Visual Culture and Disability: The Continuing Influence of Common Touch

The recent Visual Culture Program (VCP at LCP) exhibition Common…
February 24, 2017/by LCP Staff
Case of historical materials related to mathematics and natural history in the nineteenth-century education of the blind. Complements Teresa Jaynes, Gift #5, 2016. Photo by Concetta Barbera.

Common Touch: The Art of the Senses in the History of the Blind Comes to a Close

Over five years in the making, Common Touch: The Art of the…
February 21, 2017/by LCP Staff
Lydia E. Pinkham and Her Great Granddaughter. Display card from the William Helfand Popular Medicine Ephemera Collection.

Print & Photograph Department Projects

February 21, 2017/by LCP Staff
Visitors in the Louis Lux-Sions and Harry Sions Gallery at the Library Company of Philadelphia.

Register Now: New Library Company Programs

The Library Company is pleased to announce new offerings for…
January 27, 2017/by LCP Staff
Ludecke Studio, Cousin Matttie Wright’s Aunts from Wilmington, 1912. P.2015.75.

Rallying for Women’s History in December

In accordance with tradition, the Junto met in mid-December to…
January 27, 2017/by LCP Staff
Krystal Appiah.

Staff Announcement

Krystal Appiah, the Library Company of Philadelphia’s Curator…
January 27, 2017/by LCP Staff
John Sheridan, Food is Ammunition (New York: United States Food Administration, 1918). Color lithograph.

Food Will Win the War!

Eat local, meatless Mondays, go wheatless, more fruits…
December 12, 2016/by LCP Staff
Sidney H. Riesenberg, Over the Top for You, (United States, ca. 1918). Color lithograph.

285th Annual Dinner

On November 10, 2016, 150 Library Company shareholders and donors…
December 9, 2016/by LCP Staff
Tacony-Palmyra Bridge construction, Tacony, Philadelphia (P.8990.8496): The “Y” formation of the roads in the image (above) was identified in the Google Maps view (below) in order to identify that the image is looking southeast towards New Jersey at the earliest stages of bridge construction.

Then and Now: Cataloging Aero Service Negatives using Google Maps

What I love about cataloging images is that it provides a chance…
October 25, 2016/by LCP Staff
Lambdin, James Reid. Benjamin Franklin. (ca. 1880). Oil on canvas ; 50 x 40 inches ; Framed: 57 x 47 1/4 x (2 1/4+1 3/4)4 inches.

Building a Historical Shareholder Database

In 1731, Ben Franklin and a group of fifty of his fellow Junto…
September 29, 2016/by LCP Staff
Link to Exhibit, The Hook and the Book: The Emergence of Crochet and Knitting in Early American Popular Culture

LCP Digital Humanities News

The Library Company of Philadelphia is always looking for…
September 29, 2016/by nscalessa
Detail from:: Print, Lincoln and Emancipation

Scholar’s Corner: Abraham Lincoln and Done Gone

On Saturday, June 28, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln received…
September 28, 2016/by LCP Staff
Political Fest volunteer tee-shirt.

PoliticalFest at LCP

PoliticalFest, the weeklong celebration of American political…
July 29, 2016/by LCP Staff
Pope Joan

Cataloger’s Amusements: Pope Joan

In December 2002, William Hires, a long time shareholder…
July 29, 2016/by LCP Staff

Scholar’s Corner

July 26, 2016/by LCP Staff
Serkaddis Alemayehu, Public History Coordinator and Digital Archives Specialist at the Blockson Collection

Mellon Scholars Program: Preparing for Success

In a series of occasional blog posts, participants in our Mellon…
July 18, 2016/by LCP Staff
Oblique view of extended tunnel book A View of the Tunnel under the Thames, as it will Appear When Completed  (London: S. E. Gouyn, 1828).

Curator’s Favorite: A Tunnel Book by Any Other Name …

The enchanting optical device purchased with funds from our…
July 13, 2016/by LCP Staff
Mellon Scholar Chandra Dickey

Mellon Scholars Program: Ruminating on the Research Path

In a series of occasional blog posts, participants in our Mellon…
July 6, 2016/by LCP Staff
Example of a scanned pamphlet. This one is from a poem titled “The Paxtoniade” (Am 1764 Gym [795.D.24]). The title and content are meant to parody the epic poetry genre (Homer’s Iliad being a famous example). The poem describes the events leading to the Paxton Massacre. It mocks the Paxton Boys and their motivations, with a clear anti-Paxton bias from the author.

The Digital Paxton Project: Where the 1760s meets Modern Technology

Hi there! I’m Hunter Johnson, the Summer 2016 Digital Paxton…
June 29, 2016/by LCP Staff

Library Company at PAFA: African Methodist Episcopal Church Exhibition

The tragic events at Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston,…
June 27, 2016/by LCP Staff
High Street, with the First Presbyterian Church. Philadelphia 1800 William Birch's "Views of Philadelphia" The Woman in White can be seen in the lower right corner

A Scholar’s View From Inside LCP: The Woman in White

Who is the woman in white?

It is the year 1800 and she is…
June 27, 2016/by LCP Staff