Lithograph of Birthplace of Benjamin Franklin, in Milk St., Boston, Jan. 6. 1705-6. O.S. as reproduced at the Fair of The Boston Young Men's Christian Association, Decr. 25 1858. J.H. Buffords lith., 1858.

2007 LCP Annual Dinner: Dr. Francois Furstenberg

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Audio Download (MP3)   Former Library Company Fellow François Furstenberg speaks about his book, In the Name of the Father: Washington’s Legacy, Slavery, and the Making of a Nation, released in paperback by The Penguin Press.  François…
Lithograph of Birthplace of Benjamin Franklin, in Milk St., Boston, Jan. 6. 1705-6. O.S. as reproduced at the Fair of The Boston Young Men's Christian Association, Decr. 25 1858. J.H. Buffords lith., 1858.

New Grant Funds Library Company’s Exploration of Philadelphia’s Colorful Past

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Long before circulars jammed our mailboxes and glossy advertisements for every department store in the city came sliding out of the Sunday paper, lithography was the word—and the image—on the street. Invented in the late 1700s, lithography…
Lithograph of Birthplace of Benjamin Franklin, in Milk St., Boston, Jan. 6. 1705-6. O.S. as reproduced at the Fair of The Boston Young Men's Christian Association, Decr. 25 1858. J.H. Buffords lith., 1858.

Afro-American Exhibit at Swann Auction Galleries

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Helping us celebrate our 275th birthday is the Swann Galleries in New York, where selections from our Afro-Americana Collection are on display through the month of February (Black History Month). Swann’s annual Afro-Americana auction,…
Lithograph of Birthplace of Benjamin Franklin, in Milk St., Boston, Jan. 6. 1705-6. O.S. as reproduced at the Fair of The Boston Young Men's Christian Association, Decr. 25 1858. J.H. Buffords lith., 1858.

Levenger Items Now Available

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Early in 2006 several representatives of Levenger, the company that makes "tools for serious readers," visited the Library Company to explore the possibility of creating products based on the Library Company's collections. CEO Steve Leveen and…
Lithograph of Birthplace of Benjamin Franklin, in Milk St., Boston, Jan. 6. 1705-6. O.S. as reproduced at the Fair of The Boston Young Men's Christian Association, Decr. 25 1858. J.H. Buffords lith., 1858.

Conservation Department News

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Recently Todd Pattison gave the Library Company his collection of 183 books with decorated endpapers. Some may remember that Mr. Pattison gave a colorful lunchtime talk in January titled "Decorated Endpapers, 1831 -1875." The talk focused…
Lithograph of Birthplace of Benjamin Franklin, in Milk St., Boston, Jan. 6. 1705-6. O.S. as reproduced at the Fair of The Boston Young Men's Christian Association, Decr. 25 1858. J.H. Buffords lith., 1858.

“Benjamin Franklin and the Birth of a Paper Money Economy.”

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Last March the Library Company’s Program in Early American Economy and Society co-sponsored, with the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, a talk by University of Delaware economics professor Farley Grubb on “Benjamin Franklin and the Birth…
Lithograph of Birthplace of Benjamin Franklin, in Milk St., Boston, Jan. 6. 1705-6. O.S. as reproduced at the Fair of The Boston Young Men's Christian Association, Decr. 25 1858. J.H. Buffords lith., 1858.

Book Launch Celebration

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Over one hundred members and guests of the Library Company attended the book launch celebration for Center City Philadelphia in the 19th Century on Thursday October 26th. Attendees enjoyed an illustrated lecture by Associate Curator Jenny…
Lithograph of Birthplace of Benjamin Franklin, in Milk St., Boston, Jan. 6. 1705-6. O.S. as reproduced at the Fair of The Boston Young Men's Christian Association, Decr. 25 1858. J.H. Buffords lith., 1858.

Library Company Collections on View Nationwide

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Material from the diverse collections of the Library Company is currently on view in exhibitions around the United States. The New-York Historical Society’s tremendously popular exhibition Slavery in New York, which includes four satirical…
Lithograph of Birthplace of Benjamin Franklin, in Milk St., Boston, Jan. 6. 1705-6. O.S. as reproduced at the Fair of The Boston Young Men's Christian Association, Decr. 25 1858. J.H. Buffords lith., 1858.

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,…
Lithograph of Birthplace of Benjamin Franklin, in Milk St., Boston, Jan. 6. 1705-6. O.S. as reproduced at the Fair of The Boston Young Men's Christian Association, Decr. 25 1858. J.H. Buffords lith., 1858.

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,…