Think the Stamp Act rioters burned all the Crown's stamped paper in 1765? Let us show you some.

Treasures from the Library Company of Philadelphia

Eighteenth-century antiquarian Pierre Eugène Du Simitière (ca. 1736-1784) collected all manner of material, including sketches, pamphlets, broadsides, political cartoons, and other “combustibles,” such as embossed tax stamp paper, with…
Zipcode 19106 in 1720! We have the oldest oil painting of a North American city.

Discover the Library Company's Art & Artifacts Collection

The South East Prospect of the City of Philadelphia is one the Library Company's treasures; this view of the Delaware Riverfront of Philadelphia is the oldest surviving painting of a North American city. Philadelphia is shown as bustling and…
Magna Britannia- Her Colonies Reduc'd.

Treasures at the Library Company of Philadelphia

As we enter the final two months of the seemingly endless presidential election season, politics is on nearly everyone’s mind. Political visuals, whether appearing as newspaper cartoons, television commercials, or part of our social media,…
Sketch of a Meschianza Costume

Treasures at the Library Company of Philadelphia

During the winter of 1777-78, the American army starved and froze at Valley Forge, while the British enjoyed the comparative comforts of city quarters in Philadelphia.  By spring the do-nothing policy of General Sir William Howe brought about…
We're letting out America's best-kept secret. Watch this fall for some of the 500,000 treasures from Ben Franklin's Library. -Burma Shave Style!

Treasures at the Library Company of Philadelphia

In 1731, Philadelphia was North America’s most important city. It was also the canvas for many of the young Benjamin Franklin’s inspirations for voluntary association and civic betterment. Soon after arriving in Philadelphia, Franklin had…
Lydia E. Pinkham and Her Great Granddaughter. Display card from the William Helfand Popular Medicine Ephemera Collection.

Featured Collections: Books and Printed Materials

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William H. Helfand Collection of Proprietary Medicine Pamphlets The William H. Helfand Collection consists of approximately 1,000 books, pamphlets, and advertisements relating to 19th-century American popular, patent,…
Lydia E. Pinkham and Her Great Granddaughter. Display card from the William Helfand Popular Medicine Ephemera Collection.

Featured Acquisition

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Philadelphia shopkeeper Samuel Curtis Upham, self-described as a printer of “mementoes of the Rebellion” and described by Southerners as a counterfeiter of Confederate notes, used the Civil War to his economic advantage. As a stationer,…