pdadhavArchives are information centers where records about the past – including diaries, financial records, photographs, and emails – are made available to researchers. There are dozens of archives in the Philadelphia area, many associated with historical societies, universities, museums, churches, municipal governments, or businesses.


Archives Are For Everyone.

Journalists use archives to establish context for contemporary events and to hold people and groups accountable for their actions. Artists find historical details in archives to add texture to their works of art. Genealogists find traces of their ancestors in archival records.

From the History Channel to the Halls of Justice, the information archives hold shapes the world in which we all live.

chem-heritage-2015Archives Month Philly Is For Everyone.

During the month of October we celebrate archives. Everyone is invited, from seasoned professional researchers to those brand new to the world of archives.

Archives Month Philly is a chance to learn more about the rich history of Philadelphia, to toast the important work archives are doing, and to have a good time with interesting people.

Visit our events page to learn more about what’s coming up. To stay up to date, subscribe to our blog, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

If you’d like get involved or add an event to our calendar, please contact us.

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Check out our feature article in Archival Outlook, published by the Society of American Archivists

Read our Archives Month Philly 2015 Report [PDF] including statistics and testimonials