This online exhibition was created in conjunction with the gallery exhibition Imperfect History: Curating the Graphic Arts Collection at Benjamin Franklin's Public Library, on view at the Library Company of Philadelphia from September 2021 through April 2022.
Imperfect History is supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, Walter J. Miller Trust, Center for American Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Jay Robert Stiefel and Terra Foundation for American Art.
Video with closed captions available for download here.
The exhibition includes historical materials that may be considered offensive or harmful. Historical graphic materials are evidence of the time in which they were created and can contain text and/or images that are racist, homophobic, sexist, ableist, or otherwise derogatory and insensitive. The Library Company takes responsibility for these materials and their importance for the study of the past seriously. The Library does not endorse the views expressed in these materials.