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.
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.