Digital Library of the Week: Philly History

In 2007, when Philadelphia Magazine awarded phillyhistory.org the Best of Philly Website, the article stated, “History buff or not, traveling back in time is pretty darn cool.” How true! Want to see the UArts buildings from way back when? Or check out Center City, the historic houses, or street shots of your Philly neighborhood? Phillyhistory.org is the place.

The city’s photo archive has over 2 million photos dating from the late 1800s and phillyhistory.org is working to make those photos available online. Along with all these great historical scenes, they have a very informative blog and a Flickr page.

Look familiar? It's 320 South Broad Street, our very Hamilton Hall. It's from 1858, when the building housed the Pennsylvania Institution for the Deaf and Dumb.
Look familiar? It's 320 South Broad Street, our very Hamilton Hall. It's from 1858, when the building housed the Pennsylvania Institution for the Deaf and Dumb.

Want to know more about Philadelphia and the history of UArts? Head over to the library. We have a great illustrated book on The University of the Arts co-authored by Sara MacDonald, one of our reference librarians, and Eugene Bolt (find in in the Greenfield or Music Libraries). You’ll find books on the Philadelphia murals, the Mutter Museum and we’re working right now on digitizing the University Archives.

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2 thoughts on “Digital Library of the Week: Philly History”

  1. Thanks for the kind words! The photo of Hamilton Hall in 1858 is a great image. We’ll be adding more photos to PhillyHistory.org throughout the fall so check back often, and thanks for picking PhillyHistory as a digital library of the week!

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