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Founded in 1731, the library that once served our founding fathers now serves the nation as an internationally renowned research center. Since the days of Benjamin Franklin, the collection has grown to more than half a million rare books, manuscripts, pamphlets, broadsides, prints, and photographs, making the Library Company one of the nation’s largest collections of printed and graphic materials relating to early American history. There are many ways that you can explore America’s first lending library.
View our extensive list of subject guides to learn more about our collection strengths, including African Americana; American science, technology, economics, architecture, agriculture, natural history, education, philanthropy, and medicine; German-Americana; the history of printing and publishing; American Judaica; the history of women, domestic economy, and family life; printmaking, mapmaking, and photography in Philadelphia; and the libraries of James Logan and Benjamin Franklin.
Our digital collections catalog features a growing number of the Library Company’s graphic, ephemera and bindings collections. It complements and supplements the descriptive records in our online catalog WolfPAC, and the online exhibitions and featured collections mounted on our website. The online repository currently contains over 36,000 records representing numerous digital collections.
The Fellowships Program began in 1987 and now has more than 1,000 alumni. A list of former fellows and their topics is available here, along with a list of publications resulting from their fellowship research.
The Library Company has had a hand in digital humanities since it launched it’s first online exhibition in 1999. With nearly two decades of experience we continue to collaborate with scholars and educators to create exceptional online resources.
The Library Company provides a wide range of opportunities for scholars to collaborate. Through lectures, seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conferences we strive to provide an atmosphere for discussion, debate, and learning. Many events are free and open to the public.