‘Philadelphia Through Different Lenses’ Screening – October 30, 2013

Philadelphia Through Different Lenses
531 N 12th St  Philadelphia, PA 19123
2 blocks east of the Spring Garden station on the Broad Street Line subway (Orange Line)
7:00 PM October 30th, 2013

Philadelphia Through Different Lenses is a screening of recently digitized and preserved Philadelphia-centered films. Not Much to Do tells the story of Philadelphia through the lens of six African-American teenagers in 1966 and material from the Philadelphia Department of Records tells Philadelphia’s story through city government.

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Not Much To Do, Presbyterian Historical Society

In 1966, six African American boys living in west Philadelphia made a film about their lives. As the newly formed Tabernacle Film Club, the boys conceived, shot, edited, and narrated the film, which they titled Not Much To Do.

With the help of former Tabernacle Federated Church minister Reverend Bob Stoddard and support from the Board of Christian Education and Presbyterian Women of the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., funding was secured to undertake the project. Ben Achtenberg, a master’s student at the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania, was brought on board to direct the film. Achtenberg’s role was to teach the boys filmmaking techniques without influencing the decisions that ultimately would lead to the final cut.

Films from Philadelphia Records Department, City Archives:

Selections of film showing Mayors Clark, Dilworth and Tate addressing the blight and devastating living conditions in several Philadelphia neighborhoods, city initiatives to change conditions through redevelopment efforts, and some youth programs. A staff training film for bus drivers will bring a smile, and Mayor Rizzo makes an appearance shaking hands in Germantown.

Providing good public service – a motto for city government for a long time.

Important People, ca. late 1940’s to early 1950’s – 6 minutes

Three films showing Philadelphia City Government urban redevelopment and renewal activities in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Our Changing City ca. 1952-1955 – 18 minutes; narrated by Sam Serota

The Road Ahead: Milestone 3 ca. 1956-1962 – 2 minutes narrated by Sam Serota

Summer, 1968 – 8 minutes

A sampling of silent footage

Mayor Frank Rizzo in Germantown, 1974 – 2 minutes 15 seconds

Hydrants & Aerials, 1981- 2.5 minutes

Do you hear it? Life in Philadelphia.

Song of Philadelphia, 1961 – 14 minutes; narrated by Dick Clark

In partnership with Azavea and History Making Productions, the Philadelphia Records Department, City Archives has embarked on an exciting project to increase access to films produced by various City Departments from the late 1940’s through the 1980’s. Film experts from History Making Productions (www.historyofphilly.com) worked with City Archives staff to identify the contents of the historic film reels and rehouse them in preservation quality vented film cans. Through the generosity of History Making Productions, selected films have been digitally remastered for use in episodes three and four of Philadelphia: The Great Experiment.  Over the next few months, the City Archives will make several of the films available to the public via PhillyHistory.org (www.phillyhistory.org) and the Department of Records YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/phillydeptofrecords).

The Arlen Specter Papers: 3000 Boxes and No Place to Put ‘Em – October 28, 2013

The Arlen Specter Papers: 3000 Boxes and No Place to Put ‘Em 
This is a free event.
Please RSVP to barrj@philau.edu, with “Archives Month Philly event” in the subject line or by phone at 215-951-0296.
The story of a massive political papers collection (of a massive political personage) and an Exhibit on the JFK assassination and Warren Commission

Come to the Gutman Library to hear how a small institution is dealing with a large, complex archival project. While you’re here, stay to visit our newly installed exhibition, “Single Bullet: Arlen Specter & the Warren Commission Investigation of the JFK Assassination,” which was created by a team of Philadelphia University students, faculty, and staff.

When we received the Arlen Specter papers in 2010, little did we know what a complicated project we were taking on.  Oh, we knew the collection was much larger than anything we’d dealt with before (by two orders of magnitude).  We read up on political papers collections and sought advice from other institutions. But still, we didn’t have any idea how much extra work a simple little 3000 box collection of papers, memorabilia, and audiovisual material would create for the staff of our small university library.

With virtually no storage space at the library, no archivist on staff, few funds for archival supplies, and the clock ticking on the temporary warehouse space where the boxes were stored, how were we supposed to deal with all these boxes?

Featured in the exhibition “Single Bullet,” this model of Dealey Plaza was created by architecture students at Philadelphia University to show the bullet trajectories proposed in Arlen Specter’s “Single Bullet” theory. Photo: Henry W. Thomas.

Featured in the exhibition “Single Bullet,” this model of Dealey Plaza was created by architecture students at Philadelphia University to show the bullet trajectories proposed in Arlen Specter’s “Single Bullet” theory. Photo: Henry W. Thomas.

Part of the Senate Photos series of the Arlen Specter collection, this image shows the young Senators Specter and Joe Biden in the early days (1983) of their decades-long friendship.  Item id: Senate photo 111183-18236-0010. Photographer unidentified.

Part of the Senate Photos series of the Arlen Specter collection, this image shows the young Senators Specter and Joe Biden in the early days (1983) of their decades-long friendship. Item id: Senate photo 111183-18236-0010. Photographer unidentified.

Eastern State Penitentiary: Archives in Action – Ongoing Exhibit, 2013

Archives in Action
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, 2027 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Every day 10 am to 5 pm (last entry 4 pm)

Eastern State Penetentiary ARCHIVES Map

Eastern State Penitentiary ARCHIVES Map

In honor of Archives Month, Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site offers a SPECIAL MAP highlighting the use of mug shots, historic photographs and videos, and oral histories with former inmates and guards in its public programming. The map is included in the regular admission price – just ask for it when you purchase your ticket or download a copy to bring along.

Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. While this results in ideal conditions for discussing the complex history of the building, it creates a less than ideal environment for the historic site to display its collection of irreplaceable photographs, prison documents, and inmate-made objects. Currently hundreds of artifacts rest neatly organized in drawers, locked safely away, but visitors can still see them in action through site signage, exhibits and the self-guided tour. These collections play a critical role in repopulating empty cellblocks for our visitors, helping them envision the building as a bustling prison community. This map will highlight areas where you can find Eastern State’s collection of photographs, video, and more than 100 oral history interviews with former guards, inmates, and staff members.

Highlighted stops include: video footage from inside the prison in 1929, women at Eastern State, Death Row, The William Portner Memorial Exhibit on Jewish Life at Eastern State and TowerCam! exhibits.

No reservations necessary. The map is included in the regular admission price – just ask for it when you purchase your ticket or download a copy to bring along.


Of Money & Magic: The Industry and Artistry of Early American Film, Exhibit at the Free Library – Ongoing Exhibit, 2013

Of Money & Magic: The Industry and Artistry of Early American Film

“A Movie Camera Study Of Those Who Mean Most To It” from MGM Studios, 1927

“A Movie Camera Study Of Those Who Mean Most To It” from MGM Studios, 1927

An Exhibit at
Free Library of Philadelphia

Rare Book Department – 3rd floor
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Presented by the Theatre Collection of the Rare Book Department, this exhibition celebrates the early celluloid era while tracing the development of the moving picture from cinema prehistory to the advent of sound. By examining these changes from the perspective of the actors, directors, producers, and studios (including the Philadelphia-based Lubin Film Manufacturing Company), visitors will see how business, technology, and artistic expression dovetailed to create and grow what has become one of the most popular of all modern entertainments. The exhibition features film stills, advertising, studio documents, and artifacts such as an original 1904 Lubin projector.

This exhibit runs August 12, 2013 through January 11, 2014; Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Morris Arboretum – Ongoing Exhibit, 2013

MA_Logo_Web_4CLooking Back – 125 Years of Gardens
Ongoing Exhibit. Monday-Sunday 10-4 pm
See the mission of education, research evolve from private garden to public institution. The educational institution and historic public garden that is now the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania was previously the private estate of Quaker siblings John Thompson Morris (1847-1915) and Lydia Thompson Morris (1849-1932). Bequeathed to the University of Pennsylvania in 1933, it was part of the University’s Botany Department until it was established as a separate Interdisciplinary Resource Center in 1975. The Morris Arboretum is the official Arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The Estate Years
Ongoing Exhibit. Monday-Sunday 10-4 pm

Display of Lydia Thompson Morris’s china, linen, and interior photos of the mansion.

Free with admission. For more information visit http:// www.morrisarborteum.com

Henry Morris, Printer: The Life & Times of the Bird & Bull Press – Ongoing Exhibit, 2013

Henry Morris, Printer: The Life & Times of the Bird & Bull Press
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections Department
181 S. College Ave, Newark DE 19717
Date/Time: Monday, Wednesday – Friday: 9 am – 5 pm; Tuesday: 9 am – 8 pm


For fifty-five years, Henry Morris’s Bird & Bull Press has printed fine press books, many of them devoted to to the art, craft, and history of printing and papermaking.The exhibition draws upon the University of Delaware Library’s extensive collection of books printed by Henry Morris and the vast collection of manuscript materials found in the Bird & Bull Press Archives at the University of Delaware Library. The Bird & Bull Press Archives contain a wealth of materials documenting Henry Morris’s printing career. The Archives include the manuscripts, typescripts, production files, printers’ dummies, and page proofs used in the production of many of his books, including several books whichMorris has self-selected as his personal favorite productions. Also included in the Bird & Bull Press Archives are numerous printing artifacts, including metal engravings, wood cuts, paper samples and a paper mold. Additional items from Special Collections provide examples of some of the rare books which Morrisreprinted under his Bird & Bull Press imprint. Together, these materials allow one to view the production of Morris’ books in all their stages, from inception to finished form, throughout the entirety of his fifty-five year career.

Hollywood in the Amazon exhibit at Penn Museum, 2013

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University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
A New Exhibition for the University of Pennsylvania’s Year of Sound, Opens at the Penn Museum August 18, 2013Exhibition Puts a Spotlight on the World’s First Sound-Synced Expeditionary Film From the Penn Museum’s Archival Film Collection

The world’s first sound-synced expeditionary film, shot during a 1931 Penn Museum expedition to a remote Amazonian jungle, forms the centerpiece of Hollywood in the Amazon, a special exhibition developed as part of the University of Pennsylvania’s 2013-14 Year of Sound. The exhibition runs August 18, 2013 through July 27, 2014 in the Penn Museum’s third floor Special Exhibitions gallery.In 1931, an expedition from the Penn Museum introduced a revolutionary new research method in the remote Amazonian jungles of Brazil. Transporting state-of-the-art equipment by sea, air, and river, the team arrived in territory occupied by the Bororo people and recorded an expeditionary film, Matto Grosso, the Great Brazilian Wilderness, incorporating live sound. It was the first time non-Western people were seen and heard on sound-synced film.A collaboration between Academy award-winning cinematographer Floyd Crosby (father of musician David Crosby), wealthy industrialist E. R. Fenimore Johnson (whose father founded Victor Talking Machine Company), big game hunter Sasha Siemel, and Penn Museum anthropologist Vincenzo Petrullo, the groundbreaking film is presented in its 49-minute entirety.The small gallery exhibition tells the colorful story of the remote expedition, fraught with physical trials for anthropologists and filmmakers alike. Several artifacts from the Bororo people, collected during the expedition, enrich the story. Translations of the Bororo speakers, obtained from Bororo people in 2011, provide another aspect to the tale.

About the Film and the Museum’s Archival Film Collection:

BororoboywebThe 1931 film Matto Grosso, the Great Brazilian Wilderness was originally intended to provide a new kind of record of people, flora, and fauna. “As with many early attempts at documentary films, the end result is more of a mirror reflection of the people making the film,” noted Penn Museum film archivist Kate Pourshariati, adding “some of the quaint narrative devices employed are rightly viewed with skepticism.”

After some early theatrical screenings, the film was relegated to relative obscurity in the Archives until 2008 when, under a grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation, the film and its sound were restored. The Museum plans a DVD release of the film for wider distribution.

Matto Grosso, the Great Brazilian Wilderness is one of many archival films in the Museum’s collection, which includes hundreds of ethnographic, travel and other films and clips. Thanks to a collaboration with the Internet Archive, the majority of the Museum’s rare and often fragile early archival footage, once largely inaccessible, was digitized in 2008, and makes up much of the Penn Museum’s popular YouTube channel, which surpassed a million viewers in May 2013.

Ms. Pourshariati also curates an occasional Penn Museum film series, Live from the Archives!, as well as an annual Second Sunday Culture Film Series—bringing audiences and experts together to watch and share conversations about old and contemporary ethnographic films.

While working on the film restoration project, Ms. Pourshariati, with help from Penn Museum Consulting Scholar Greg Urban, was able to connect with Brazilian anthropologist Dr. Sylvia Caiuby Novaes, and through her, to Bororo people today. They watched (and apparently enjoyed) the film, in one case providing an actual name of one now-deceased Bororo shaman, and providing translations of the Bororo dialogue. These translations can be used as optional English subtitles in the Museum’s planned new DVD release of the film.

Speaking to the value of this archival film and others, Ms. Pourshariati said, “The age of large individually sponsored expeditions has come to an end, and even very remote parts of the world have been traveled. Filmmakers from international source communities now produce their own documentaries, giving essential indigenous perspectives to the expanding universe of knowledge.

“Still, these early films have great value. In museums and archives, we are now arriving at a quite thrilling time in which the generations of collected materials can be shared back with these source communities, offering inside perspectives on materials long hidden from view.”

Remnants of Everyday Life: Historical Ephemera in the Workplace, Street, and Home – Ongoing Exhibit, 2013

The Library Company of Philadelphia
Gallery Open: Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–4:45 p.m.
Exhibition dates: May 13 – December 13, 2013

The exhibition highlights the Library Company’s vast collection of ephemera from the 18th to the early 20th century. With materials ranging from throw-away items to finely printed works, Remnants of Everyday Life considers the cultural impact of advancements in mass production technologies. The exhibition addresses the evolution of the graphic design of ephemera; ephemera associated with women’s role in the home, such as scrapbooks; the changing nature of leisure activities and consumerism over the course of the 19th century; and the life-cycle of commercial ephemera between the workplace, street, and home. The Library Company has been collecting ephemera since 1785, and today has one of the largest, most important, and most varied collections of early American ephemera in existence. Curated by Rachel D’Agostino and Erika Piola.

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Tour the Rare Book Department at the Free Library of Philadelphia – October 8, 2013

The Elkins Room, the actual library of a former Free Library Trustee who was also a prominent book collector

The Elkins Room, the actual library of a former Free Library Trustee who was also a prominent book collector

Tuesday October 8, 3:00-4:00pm

Free Library of Philadelphia
Rare Book Department – 3rd floor
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Please RSVP for the October 8 tour here
(tour limited to 12 people)

Stop by the Free Library of Philadelphia on Tuesday, October 8 between 3 & 4pm to check out the Rare Book Department. The tour of the Rare Book Department has been in operation since 1949. Rare book librarians on staff provide a basic introduction to the history of the book using the items from the collections, including cuneiform tablets, a section of a papyrus scroll, a medieval manuscript and a leaf from a Gutenberg Bible. The tour also includes a visit to the Elkins Room, the actual library of a former Free Library Trustee who was also a prominent book collector. For more information…

“Grip,” Charles Dickens’s pet raven


Historical Society of Pennsylvania: Treasures of the Collection – October 16-25, 2013

HSP’s Treasures of the Collection (Exhibition)
Gallery Open: October 16th-25th; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30-5:00pm; Wednesdays 12:30-8:00pm; Fridays 10:00am-5:00pm
Portrait of William Penn by Francis Place

Portrait of William Penn by Francis Place

From October 16 through October 25, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania will display original treasures from its collection, including watercolor portraits of Hannah and William Penn, a handwritten draft of the U.S. Constitution, the journal of Underground Railroad conductor William Still, and more! Because of their national significance and sensitivity to light and temperature, these documents are rarely displayed. This display—free to attend—is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see all of these national treasures at one time.  For more information…

Monmouth County Archives Week Seminars (October 7th and 9th) & Archives and History Day (October 12th) – 2013

Archives Month Philly is a celebration of archives in the region along with Philadelphia itself. Monmouth Country has exciting programming as part of Archives Month for those in the area or willing to take the trip there. It includes dense schedule of exhibits, screenings, seminars and panels. Here’s the full posting and registration:


Archives Week Seminars
Monday, October 7, and Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Monmouth County Library, 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan, NJ 07726-3249

Monday, October 7

9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Morning refreshments

9:30 a.m. to Noon. Free African American Families in Antebellum Monmouth County

Presenter: Joe Grabas, Certified Title Professional

This presentation will take a look back to the late 18th and early 19th centuries, when voluntary Emancipation was embraced in certain parts of Monmouth County and African American families emerged from bondage.  Families such as Jobes, Smock, Quero, Brown, Still, Abrahams, Reevy, Leo, Corlies, White, Davis, Van Der Veer, Polhemus & Stillwell. It will explore the various documents and collections in the Monmouth County Archives related to these families including, “Black” Deeds, Birth and Manumission records, Coroner’s Inquests, Estate Inventories and more.  Following the NJ Slave Codes of 1704, 1714 & 1798, the 1804 Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery and subsequent Acts and court cases continued to regulate the lives and fortunes of African American citizens of Monmouth County up to and through the Civil War.

Joseph A. Grabas is a professional educator who is recognized locally and nationally as a certified land title research expert. Joe has lectured at Rutgers University, Drew University, Bloomfield College and Monmouth University on topics from land title documents to African American History. Mr. Grabas founded the Grabas Institute for Continuing Education in 2008 to bring alternative historically based continuing education to the Title, Legal, Real Estate & Insurance professions.  He currently serves as a Commissioner on the Monmouth County Historical Commission and holds a degree in History from Monmouth University. He has spent the last 20 years researching Free African American Communities in Monmouth County.
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Margaret Bourke-White: The Prohibition Years

Presenter: Gary D. Saretzky, Archivist

Gary D. Saretzky, has served since 1994 as Archivist of Monmouth County and Coordinator of Internship Programs for the Rutgers History Department. From 1977 to 2012, he taught history of photography at Mercer County Community College. Margaret Bourke-White, who spent her childhood in New Jersey and graduated from Plainfield High School, had a stellar career as a photographer and photojournalist beginning in the late 1920s. In 1930, she became the first photographer for Fortune, and her photographs of Soviet Russia were among the first published by a Western photographer after the Russian Revolution. Saretzky conducted research in Bourke-White’s papers at Syracuse University for his 1999 article in The Photo Review on the photographer’s first book,Eyes on Russia. He was the guest curator for the exhibit, “Margaret Bourke-White: In Print,” at Alexander Library, Rutgers University, January to June 2006.

Wednesday, October 9

9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Morning refreshments
9:30 a.m. to Noon Prohibition Authors Panel 

This program features six authors who have written books on the Prohibition Era, with a focus on New Jersey. The speakers will be available for book signing after the program.

Marc Mappen, Panel Chair. Dr. Mappen was formerly a dean at Rutgers University and executive director of the New Jersey Historical Commission. Now retired, he is a visiting professor in the Rutgers-New Brunswick History Department. He has six books to his credit, including the award winning Encyclopedia of New Jersey. He has been interviewed on the History Channel and National Public Radio.  Marc will give an overview of the 1920 – 1933 Prohibition era in the United States and New Jersey, drawing on his most recent book, Prohibition Gangsters: The Rise and Fall of a Bad Generation.

Jon Blackwell has been an editor for the Asbury Park Press and the New York Post, and a reporter for the Trentonian. He is the author of Notorious New Jersey: 100 True Tales of Murders and Mobsters, Scandals and Scoundrels.

Randall Gabrielan is the executive director of the Monmouth County Historical Commission and the County’s appointed historian. He has lectured and written on a variety of historic topics. His more than three dozen books, focused on central New Jersey, include towns in Monmouth County and several titles on Hudson County and New York City. His work in progress, a history of the New Jersey shore, will embrace rum running along the entire coast. Randall’s remarks will look at the extensive operations of the rumrunners and changing tactics adopted to meet enhanced efforts at enforcement.

John P. King is a retired teacher of Latin and French at Red Bank Regional High School. His five books on the history of Highlands include Wicked Tales from the Highlands (2011) and Stories from Highlands, New Jersey: A Sea of Memories (2012). John will be discussing aspects of his books that relate to the Prohibition Era.

Matthew R. Linderoth is a resident of the North Jersey Shore, holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in United States history from Monmouth University. He researches Twentieth Century United States social history. Based on his book, Prohibition on the North Jersey Shore: Gangsters on Vacation, he will discuss rum running and local residents’ reactions to the massive influx of illegal bootlegging and alcohol manufacturing along the North Jersey Shore.

Karen L. Schnitzspahn is the author or co-author of a dozen history books about the New Jersey coast, includingThe Roaring 20s at the Jersey Shore (Schiffer 2009), a sweeping panorama of life along the coast during the Prohibition Era. Her most recent book is Jersey Shore Food History (The History Press 2012). Karen has been the recipient of numerous honors including the Jane G. Clayton Award in 2007. For more than twenty years, she worked with the distinguished Monmouth County historian George H. Moss Jr. and co-authored two books with him. In her presentation, she will provide an overview of what life was like during Prohibition, aside from rumrunners and gangsters, including new roles for women and the development of tourism. She also will talk about a few of the interesting loopholes during Prohibition and some of the products that resulted.

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Dealing with Disasters: Recent Recovery Efforts in New Jersey

This program will feature speakers who have direct experience in disaster recovery at museums, libraries, and a home, primarily as a result of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Caryn Radick, Panel Chair, is Digital Archivist at Rutgers University. She has served as the New Jersey Caucus Representative for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) since April 2012.

Heidi Amici, librarian with Monmouth County for more than twenty years, is liaison between member libraries and the County Library system. She also oversees information technology, the integrated library system, and acquisitions.  She will discuss the three libraries in the Monmouth County Library System that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy and their struggles with reopening. She will comment on the challenges they faced renovating their buildings, removing old collections, rebuilding new ones, and the impact on library service in these geographic areas.

Laura M. Poll has been the Librarian/Archivist at the Monmouth County Historical Association since 2008. Previously, she was their Project Archivist and then Assistant Librarian/Photograph Archivist. Prior to employment at MCHA, she was Registrar of Collections at Historic Allaire Village (Farmingdale, N.J.). She is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference and is a consultant for the Caucus Archival Projects Evaluation Service (CAPES) program in New Jersey. She is a member of the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance and a sub-committee participant with New Jersey 350. She earned her M.L.I.S. at Rutgers University, B.A. at Montclair State University, and A.A.s at Brookdale Community College.
She will discuss her organization’s response during an isolated “supercell” storm that ripped through Freehold Borough at the end of July 2012, causing damage to the Museum & Library building.

Captain Vincent Solomeno serves as Command Historian of the New Jersey National Guard and Director of the National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey. In addition to a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Scranton, Vincent is a graduate of the U.S. Army Engineer School at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. He is the recipient of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship and the J. William Fulbright Fellowship. As a Fulbright Fellow, he earned his M.A. in European Studies from the University of Amsterdam for his study of Islamic radicalization in the Netherlands. He will present on the National Guard Militia Museum of New Jersey’s response to Hurricane Sandy. His remarks will include an overview of the damage to the museum, steps taken to stabilize damaged artifacts, how the institution engaged public and private partners for support, and the lessons learned for future disasters.


Bust of still in Scotch Plains, circa 1930, by Paul Collier, courtesy Plainfield Public Library

Bust of still in Scotch Plains, circa 1930, by Paul Collier, courtesy Plainfield Public Library



 Time  Room  Event
8:45-10:00  5 Morning Refreshments
9:00-5:00 Library Gallery ExhibitThe Bootlegger Era: Prohibition in New Jersey
9:00-5:00 NJ History Room New Jersey History Room:  Local and State History Reference Books
9:10-9:55 Hall Exhibition Tables: Archives and History Organizations
10:00 Hall Color Guard & Pledge of Allegiance
Greetings from Renee B. Swartz, Chair, Monmouth County Library Commission
10:05-11:30 Hall Exhibition Tables: Archives and History Organizations
10:15-11:00  7 VideosOld News: Selections from the Monmouth County Archives TV 34 News Video Collection
11:30-Noon Hall Plenary Session
M. Claire French, County Clerk, Monmouth County
Jane G. Clayton Award: Cheryl A. Cook
Greetings from Freeholders, Monmouth County

Gary D. Saretzky, Monmouth County Archivist

Ronald Becker, Head, Rutgers University Special Collections

Roger McDonough Award: Bette Epstein

Carol Megill, President, Monmouth County Genealogy Society

Barbara Carver Smith Award: Nancy Heydt12:00-1:00 Exhibition Tables: Archives and History Organizations12:00 Box lunches delivered to participants (by prior arrangement)12:10-12:557Monmouth County History Forum, conducted by Monmouth County Historian Randall Gabrielan with featured speaker Marc Mappen. Discussion of Monmouth County history with an emphasis on the Prohibition Era.1:00-1:45HallFeatured speaker: Marc Mappen (speech related to his book, Prohibition Gangsters: The Rise and Fall of a Bad Generation, 2013)1:45-2:30HallExhibition tables open2:00-3:157Seminar: National History Day: Real World Work for Young Historians
Presenter: Joan Ruddiman, Ed.D
West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District
K-12 Gifted and Talented Resource Specialist
NJ History Day Advisory Board
National History Day is a well-established and popular program designed to encourage young people to learn more about history. The speaker will explain how NHD works, including the judging process for National History Day contests.2:00-2:30ArchivesTour of the Monmouth County Archives (Reservation Required)2:30HallExhibit tables close2:45HallDrawing for New Jersey History Game Prize Winners

 Archives Week 2013 is supported by a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission.

For registration, contact: Shelagh Reilly, 732-308-3771 ext.7 or shelagh.reilly@co.monmouth.nj.us

Caring For Your Churches Collections – Delaware History Museum – October 5, 2013

Caring For Your Church Collections
Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT)
Led by Margaret Jerrido, archivist at Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church in Philadelphia, this workshop will present best practices for collecting, caring for, and organizing historical materials concerning churches and related organizations.
Macedonia AME Church in Seaford (ca. late 1930s) from Frank Zebley’s Churches of Delaware

Macedonia AME Church in Seaford (ca. late 1930s) from Frank Zebley’s Churches of Delaware

Program Schedule:
9:30am-10:00am: Registration
10:00am-12:00pm: “Archives 101” led by Margaret Jerrido.
*Free and open to the public, however preregistration is recommended.
12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch
1:00pm-3:00pm: Small, hands-on group sessions.
*Cost: $5 Delaware Historical Society members, $10 non-members.
Session 1-Roundtable on Developing Collections
Session 2-Basics of Photograph Preservation
Session 3-Basics of Document Preservation
Each session will be offered twice. Please sign up for the two you would like to attend. We encourage you to bring items from your own collections for discussion and preservation activity. Seating for these sessions is limited and early registration is required. Attendance at morning session is necessary for afternoon workshops.To register, please contact Heather Isbell Schumacher, Curator of Images at the Delaware Historical Society: 302-295-2386, hischumacher@dehistory.org.

Archives Month Philly Happy Hour Kick Off! ‘Tenderloin & The Trestle’ – October 1, 2013

Philadelphia City Archives

Philadelphia City Archives

Trestle Inn
339 N 11th St  Philadelphia, PA 19107
Tuesday October 1, 5:00pm

Archives Month Philly kicks off at the Trestle Inn with a talk by Annie Anderson, author of Philadelphia Organized Crime in the 1920s and 1930s, projections of old images of the neighborhood provided by PhillyHistory.org and drink/menu specials.

The Tenderloin & The Trestle: Organized Crime In and Around Philadelphia’s Notorious Red-Light District

For decades, the area around the Trestle Inn was nicknamed the Tenderloin and known for its red light offerings. The Tenderloin’s flophouse inhabitants and bohemians rubbed elbows with curious tourists as they partook in the district’s brothels, burlesque, and booze. Annie Anderson, author of the forthcoming Philadelphia Organized Crime in the 1920s and 1930s, shares stories from the district’s heyday as a vice hub, and discusses how Prohibition-era organized crime impacted the Tenderloin and surrounding communities.

Happy Hour: 5:00pm, Annie Anderson’s talk is at 7:00pm

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Knowledge Building – Ongoing Exhibit, 2013

Knowledge Building
Temple University, Paley Library
1210 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, Pa.
Paley Library Hours

Knowledge Building explains—and through unique materials shows—how and why certain collections and collecting interests developed during Paley’s years as Temple University’s central library. It also introduces our library patrons to the rich resources found in the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) today.

In the exhibition, Paley’s extensive archives of print and broadcast media provide an example of the archival imperative to “collect around” a specific subject, time period, or medium. Materials from three of Philadelphia’s four major newspapers and two of its largest television stations together offer a unique account of the region’s history, culture and concerns. They also serve as primary source documentation of larger national and international news
stories. This focused acquisition of 19th and 20th media resources has engendered one of the nation’s best collections on modern and contemporary urban history.


Knowledge Building also demonstrates how materials across collections can provide insights on a single topic. Take, for example, the display on religion in this exhibition. Here, materials from the Contemporary Culture collection, Rare Books division, Women in Religion collection and George D. McDowell Philadelphia Evening Bulletin collection coalesce, creating a broad overview of the topic. This overview is appropriate for a number of scholastic needs: comparative studies, incorporation into course work, or a general introduction to a topic. Through this example, we see how SCRC’s materials are collected to support scholarship and discovery.

Our collections also reflect the specific spirit, character and research interests at Temple. Examples in Knowledge Building include the Conwellana-Templana collection, which documents Temple history, and artist books and dance/music materials collected to support traditionally strong programs in the arts.

Other collections are developed to fill gaps in the cultural record, documenting and signifying the importance of histories and cultural movements not preserved elsewhere. Throughout Knowledge Building you will see materials from the Contemporary Culture Collection and the Urban Archives, two unique collections developed to ensure the preservation of subcultural and urban history, respectively.

Civil War Exhibit, Tour, and Show & Tell at the Union League of Philadelphia – October 15, 2013

Tuesday October 15, 5:00-7:00pm
The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street, Philadelphia

This may be an RSVP event — check back soon

Union League - Turning the Tide 1863 ExhibitThe event will begin with a tour of the exhibit, Philadelphia 1863: Turning the Tide. It includes some wonderful objects, including the podium at which Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address. After that, we can tour our new state-of-the-art collections storage space. To top off the visit, we’ll do a show-and-tell with three remarkable items from the collection: one of the 26 known copies of the Leland-Boker Emancipation Proclamation; the Tanner Manuscript, the only hand-written eyewitness testimony taken in connection with Lincoln’s assassination; and one of the six pieces cut from the undershirt Lincoln was wearing when he was shot and died. It is also the only one still known to exist.

More info on the Heritage Center of the Union League of Philadelphia here

Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts Tour – October 15, 2013

Tuesday October 15, 3:00-4:00
Tour of the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts
264 South 23rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Please RSVP to Sarah Darro at sdarro@ccaha.org. Tour limited to 15 people.

Conserving Einstein's Globe

Conserving Einstein’s Globe: Paper Conservator Minah Song consolidating the fragile surface of the globe using wheat starch paste applied with a brush

The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) is the largest nonprofit conservation laboratory in the United States, serving other nonprofit cultural, educational, and research institutions, as well as private individuals and organizations. Founded in 1977, CCAHA specializes in the treatment of works of art and historic artifacts on paper, photographs, and books, as well as works on parchment and papyrus, and provides state-of-the-art digital imaging services. CCAHA’s conservation and preservation services staff develop and present educational programs; conduct preservation assessments; provide assistance with preservation planning; and develop emergency preparedness plans. Additionally, CCAHA’s development department provides fundraising and grant writing support to nonprofit institutions seeking assistance for preservation and conservation projects.

Ephemeral Sprawl – Ongoing Exhibit, 2013

Ephemeral_Sprawl_imageEphemeral Sprawl, and it will take place at The Print Centers’s Philadelphia gallery in a rolling fashion from September 2013 through May 2014. Critically the exhibition is a broad historical, cultural, and creative survey of the way printed ephemera has invisibly woven itself into our understanding of art and culture. The exhibition will feature historically significant objects, and collections of ephemera by noted critics, curators, and institutional archives, in conversation with contemporary artists whose work in some way intersects with printed ephemera. By placing historical, popular, and creative works in a close proximity we hope to complicate our audiences understanding of how value is generated and accrued within a cultural context. In researching this exhibition we were inspired by our discovery that Alfred Jarry, the author of the 1896 play, Ubu Roi, and considered by many to be a progenitor of the modern avant-garde edited a series of publications that sought to put populist mass produced printed ephemera in conversation with work of historical significance, and some of the leading graphic work of his day; a model that closely mirrors our own.

Ephemeral Sprawl has been organized in concert with the venerable Library Company of Philadelphia’s exhibition Remnants of Everyday Life: Historical Ephemera in the Workplace, Street, and Home (http://www.librarycompany.org/collections/exhibits/index.htm), and will coincide with the Ephemera Society of America’s annual conference, which will be held in Philadelphia.

More information on Ephemeral Sprawl can be found here

History Affiliates Awards Reception – October 24, 2013

History Affiliates imageHistorical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Thursday, October 24, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM (EDT)

The American Helicopter Museum, Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, the Newtown Square Historical Society, and New Hope Historical Society volunteer Roy Ziegler are among the honorees for the second annual History in Pennsylvania “HIP” Awards. The awards will be presented at the History Affiliates Reception on October 24, 2013.

The awards, presented to small and mid-sized history and heritage organizations in Southeastern Pennsylvania, recognize excellence and innovation in the field. The reception, sponsored by PNC, will be held from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. The keynote speaker will be Bill Marimow, editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at hsp.org/hipawards.

Awards honor exceptional educational and public programs, community partnership projects, and stewardship and collections care. This year’s awardees come from all across Southeastern Pennsylvania, representing Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Philadelphia counties. The 2013 honorees are:

·         Roy Ziegler, longtime volunteer at the New Hope Historical Society, author, and chair of New Hope History Day;

·         American Helicopter Museum for its University Public History Program in which West Chester University students worked with museum volunteers to write audio scripts for exhibits;

·         Delawarecountyhistory.com for its partnership with the Delaware County Historic & Preservation Network, which fosters better communication and cooperation between historic societies all over Delaware County;

·         Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion for its Upstairs/Downstairs Interpretation, which focuses on the lives of women of all socioeconomic backgrounds during the Victorian era;

·         Grumblethrope for its youth volunteer program, which teaches students in 6tth grade through high school how to give tours, take care of a two-acre garden, run the farm stand, and other life skills;

·         Newtown Square Historical Society for its Paper Mill House School Tour, in which homeschoolers of all ages interpret history and act as tour guides;

·         Fairmont Park Historic Preservation Trust for its long-term leasing program, which finds innovative uses for historic buildings in the park by leasing them to commercial and nonprofit organizations;

·         Perkasie Historical Society for the restoration of its museum and reorganization and preservation of its collection;

·         Upper Darby Historical Society for its Collen Brook Farm School Tours, in which volunteer guides give tours every spring to 1,000 third grade students; and

·         Arrive Magazine, Amtrak’s bimonthly onboard magazine for the Acela Express train covering the Northeast Corridor that provides a unique and intelligent view of America’s most urban centers of commerce, government, and the arts

“We are thrilled to recognize these 10 individuals and organizations who are innovators in their field,” says Prudence Haines, director of History Affiliates. “These history and heritage organizations—some of them run entirely by volunteers—have done a tremendous job educating the public, caring for historic houses and collections, and working collaboratively. It is important to shine the spotlight on them and acknowledge them for their hard work and dedication to the preservation of history.”

The HIP Awards are presented by History Affiliates, a program created by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and supported by The Barra Foundation. History Affiliates includes more than 350 small and mid-sized organizations across Southeastern Pennsylvania dedicated to preserving local history. The History Affiliates program connects these organizations to one another and gives them the tools and support they need to reach their goals. By working together, we will raise awareness of the importance of local history, advocate with a strong and unified voice, and strengthen our entire community.

Membership in History Affiliates is free. Members receive a monthly e-newsletter, discounts to professional development events, and access to a members directory and industry resources. Learn more at hsp.org/historyaffiliates.

Lantern Slide Salon at Wagner Free Institute of Science – October 10, 2013

Philadelphia Lantern Slide Salon
Thursday, October 10, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)
The Wagner Free Institute of Science will host its first-ever lantern slide salon highlighting the historic lantern slide collections of some of the region’s most significant cultural and educational institutions: The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, Independence Seaport Museum, Morris Arboretum, Swarthmore College Peace Collection, Temple University Special Collections and Research Center, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and the Wagner Free Institute of Science.Predating the motion picture, lantern slides were used for entertainment and to illustrate educational programs and courses. This salon will bring together some unique and rarely-seen images that depict a vast range of subjects: from the local—early engineering feats and turn-of-the century views of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods—to the international—the Spanish American War, Early 20th Century Japanese life, 1930s peace demonstrations in Berlin, the Jewish immigrant experience and more. The salon will be held in the Wagner’s unchanged Victorian lecture hall using an original lantern slide projector. Join us for a rare treat as we revive an old technology in order to see globally significant lantern slide collections drawn from the libraries and archives of Philadelphia’s most distinguished institutions.This program is part of the Global Philadelphia™ Exposition.RSVP: https://lanternslidesalon.eventbrite.com/

Private Lives in Public Spaces: Bringing Philadlephia’s LGBT History Out in the Open – Ongoing Exhibit, 2013

Private Lives in Public Spaces: Bringing Philadlephia’s LGBT History Out in the Open
The John J Wilcox Jr LGBT Archives at the William Way Center and the Philadelphia History Museum
The Philadelphia History Museum,  15 S 7th St, Philadelphia PA
Public Hours: Tue – Sat 10:30 am to 4:30 pm, through October 25, 2013

The William Way LGBT Community Center (WWCC) will be displaying original artifacts from the John J. Wilcox, Jr. Archive’s, a program of the WWCC. Items range from correspondence to an LGBT community photo wall of faces and places from the 1950s through present day. Selected items include a personal scrap book featuring local flyers, matchbooks, and pictures of gay bars in the 1970s and 80s, a denim jacket adorned with pins and patches from local leather clubs and organizations, correspondence from the James Caulfield and Rafael Suarez collection documenting their life and travels together in the 1960s, clips from the Robert R. Rosenbaum Oral History Project, and panels describing the WWCC’s history.  Its intention is to give the viewer a quick glimpse into what life was and is like for some LGBT individuals living in an oppressive society.

Private lives

Philadelphia Voices: Private Lives in Public Spaces: Bringing Philadelphia’s LGBT History Out in the Open

Tour the Rare Book Department at the Free Library of Philadelphia – October 25, 2013

“Grip,” Charles Dickens’s pet raven

Friday October 25, 3:00-4:00pm

Free Library of Philadelphia
Rare Book Department – 3rd floor
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Please RSVP for the October 25 tour here
(tour limited to 12 people)

Stop by the Free Library of Philadelphia on Friday, October 25 between 3 & 4pm to check out the Rare Book Department. The tour of the Rare Book Department has been in operation since 1949. Rare book librarians on staff provide a basic introduction to the history of the book using the items from the collections, including cuneiform tablets, a section of a papyrus scroll, a medieval manuscript and a leaf from a Gutenberg Bible. The tour also includes a visit to the Elkins Room, the actual library of a former Free Library Trustee who was also a prominent book collector. For more information…

The Elkins Room, the actual library of a former Free Library Trustee who was also a prominent book collector

The Elkins Room, the actual library of a former Free Library Trustee who was also a prominent book collector


Free Community Night – Penn Museum Open House – October 23, 2013

Free Community Night/Hollywood in the Amazon
Wednesday, October 23, 2013,  5:00 – 8:00 pm
Admission is free.
25660Find out more about what happens in the galleries – and behind the scenes – at this 125-year-old museum of archaeology and anthropology, where new research and discoveries continue to happen. Curators, keepers, and researchers share some of their projects. Docents offer gallery tours, and graduate students teach Egyptian hieroglyphics and Sumerian cuneiform mini-classes. Guests can also enjoy live performances of music and dance in the galleries. Additionally, in honor of Archives Month, the Museum Archives will be hosting tours of its new exhibit, “Hollywood in the Amazon,” as well as an open house and tours of the Archives, with select items on display. Staff will be on hand to talk about table-top displays featuring archival materials connected with the film, Matto Grosso, the Great Brazilian Wilderness (1931).

Romance Between the Sheets…of Paper! at University of Pennsylvania – October 22, 2013

 John W. Mauchly's Little Problematic Buttercup (aka his wife)

John W. Mauchly’s Little Problematic Buttercup (aka his wife)

Tuesday October 22, 5:30-6:30pm
University of Pennsylvania
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
University of Pennsylvania, Van Pelt Library, 3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Enter on the south side of the building, look for the big button!
(not on the side of the building that runs along Walnut St)
Class of 78 Pavilion (Room 602)

RSVPs requested, but not required. Email Holly Mengel at hmengel@pobox.upenn.edu

In every repository of primary sources, processors and researchers alike will discover surprising bits of history and stories that remind us of how human the creators of the collections really were. This is especially true when the discoveries are of a romantic nature! Sure, we expect authors and artists to have passionate and volatile natures (and they do!), but who expects the co-inventor of the computer to have a sweet and romantic side that emerges through the data, calculations, and manuals that make up his collection? From authors, to diarists, to scientists: love seems to be a unifying feature in these ordinary and extraordinary people who created amazing records of our collective past.

Join the University of Pennsylvania Kislak Center staff to learn about some of our favorite lovely, romantic, and scandalous stories found in the collections held by the Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

James T. Farrell's Troubling Diaries

James T. Farrell’s Troubling Diaries

Grand Reopening of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania – October 16, 2013

HSP reopening celebrationHistorical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA
Wednesday, October 16, 12:30-8 p.m.
Come to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania on Wednesday, October 16, to see the library’s redesigned lobby, library, and collection vaults. During the grand reopening celebration, the public can view Treasures of the Collection, a special document display featuring watercolor portraits of Hannah and William Penn, a handwritten draft of the U.S. Constitution, the journal of Underground Railroad conductor William Still, and more! Because of their national significance and sensitivity to light and temperature, these documents are rarely displayed. This display—free to attend—is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see all of these national treasures at one time.Also on October 16, HSP will offer free behind-the-scenes tours of its library (on the hour). See firsthand how a document is mended and restored; learn how archivists organize and catalog historic materials, and walk in the footsteps of our librarians as you enter a collection storage vault. Visitors to HSP will also enjoy free refreshments, special membership promotions, and half-price admission to our research library.HSP began renovating its library, which was designed by architect Addison Hutton and dates to the early 20th century, last March. As part of the renovations, the Society constructed a 10-foot-high digital wall that displays images from the collection, modernized our lobby to make it more welcoming, improved HSP’s security system to ensure the safety of the library’s archive, and installed compact storage shelving to make more room for our growing collection.
RSVP info: Events are free, but pre-registration is requested. For more information visit hsp.org/reopening

Bloomfield Farm Day – October 20, 2013

Bloomfield Cows ca. 1920

Bloomfield Cows ca. 1920

Sunday, October 20, 12-3 p.m.
Come celebrate Archives month with the Springfield Township Historical Society and the Morris Arboretum Archives with a walk into Bloomfield Farm’s agricultural past. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to tour the Bloomfield Farm property, which houses the Arboretum’s oldest buildings – the historic Springfield Mill, a functional grist mill built around 1760, as well as the green roofs and gray water cisterns used in their newest LEED-certified building. The Springfield Township Historical Society and the Morris Arboretum Archives will have exhibits of the mill and the farm house from their archives.As well as building tours, there will be demonstrations, vendors, music, and food.
Free with admission. For more information visit http:// www.morrisarboretum.com
Jack the Cooper

Jack the Cooper

South Asian American Digital Archive: Family Style Open Mic Night – October 18, 2013


Friday, October 18, 7:30-9:30pm
The South Asian American Digital Archive will be hosting the “Family Style” open mic at the Asian Arts Initiative. Event will include mini-features from three local artists using SAADA’s archive as a point of inspiration for their work. From Sri Lankan poetry to Filipino hip-hop, Asian Arts Initiative’s monthly Family Style Open Mic series features an eclectic mix of multi-disciplinary performance and storytelling geared toward promoting open dialogue and sharing of a diversity of cultural experiences. Held on the third Friday of the month from September through May, each month’s program is a riveting mix featuring invited performers and open mic spots open to all community members. Sign up to perform at the October Family Style Open Mic. For more information…

 Photo by Vivek G. Bharathan

Photo by Vivek G. Bharathan

Live from the Collections: Poetry Reading and Roundtable – October 1, 2013

Live from the Collections : Poetry with Lyn Lifshin, Daniel Scott Snelson and Elaine Terranova
Tuesday October 1, 3:00 PM

Moderated by Matthew Kalasky


Join Temple University Libraries for Live from the Collections, a recurring series focused on the materials in and collecting interests of Temple University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center. The event will feature poetry readings by Lyn Lifshin, Elaine Terranova and Daniel Scott Snelson. Afterwards, the writers engage in a roundtable discussion on the process and archiving of poetry and incorporating the archival into the poetic. Moderated by Matthew Kalasky, Director of the Nicola Midnight St. Claire, a creative and critical force in Philadelphia.


Archives Month Philly 2013 – Welcome!

postcard_multi_frontOctober is American Archives Month, an opportunity for archives and archivists around the country to raise public awareness about the value of historical records and collections. Archives Month Philly is a new annual celebration of archives, special collections and cultural institutions that draws inspiration from both the national American Archives Month effort and past Archives Week initiatives organized by the Delaware Valley Archivist Group.

Archives Month Philly gets underway on October 1st with two truly unique events. The first is a poetry reading and roundtable at Temple University Libraries featuring Lyn Lifshin, Elaine Terranova and Daniel Scott Snelson. The reading and discussion focus on material from Temple University Libraries, Special Collections Research Center and will be moderated by Matthew Kalasky, Director of the Nicola Midnight St. Claire. Immediately after is the official Archives Month Philly Happy Hour at the Trestle Inn, featuring projections from PhillyHistory.org and a talk by Annie Anderson, author of the forthcoming Philadelphia Organized Crime in the 1920s and 1930s. 

Throughout the month there’s a diverse array of tours, workshops, screenings, exhibits and lectures. This Archives Month, discover, explore and get inspired by historical treasures and programs at Philadelphia’s most notable archives, special collections, repositories, and other cultural institutions. See you around at Archives Month Philly!