Historical Documentation of Place in Greater Philadelphia

Introduction: This project is an effort to bring together some resources -- images, documents, tools, and links -- for pursuing historical information about place in the five-county Philadelphia area: Bucks, Chester, Delaware. Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. The overarching idea is to use new media to more effectively disseminate information about place, to enhance cross-institutional access to documentary materials of this sort, to better connect people with the history of their environment, and to thus enrich their lives here.

Important Note: Unless otherwise stated, all images on this site are used here with the express permission of the repositories that hold them, permitting this specific use only. None may be downloaded from this site and reused in published form -- on paper, on the web, on CD, or in other forms -- without permission from those repositories.

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Commercial Panoramas
[Rae] [Baxter]

Engraved and Lithographed Views
[Birch] [Wild] [Childs] [Wainwright lists]

Illustrations in Architectural Journals
[Late 19th-century architectural journals] [Catalogue of the T Square Club, 1914]

[Richards] [Newell] [Moran] [King's Views] [Philadelphia Suburban Homes, c. 1889] [Dillon and Lutz] [PHDIL]
[Aerial photo lists] [Lantern Slides, HSP] [PACSCL guide to area photo collections]

Paintings, Watercolors and Sketches
[Breton] [Evans via PHDIL] [Kennedy db] [Oil paintings]

Measured drawings
[Philadelphia Rowhouses]

Real Estate Atlases
[Lists of atlases] [Mueller, Atlas of Lower Merion, 1896]
[Hexamer and Locher, Maps of the City of Philadelphia,1858-62]

Integrated Protoypes
[Central Germantown] [Western Wash West]


Full texts on the web

Travelers' Observations

Research Tools
[City Directories] [Tax records] [Census records] [Student papers] [Reports] [Interconnected finding aids: scrapbooks and indexes] [Databases] [Cultural heritage surveys]

CONNECTIONS to other sites

[Repositories, contacts, and links] [Non-virtual visits] [Related links] [Analogous websites]; last rev. = 11 July 03 jc; [Comments]