Historical Society of Pennsylvania

1300 Locust Street Philadelphia, PA 19107 http://hsp.org/  T: (215) 732-6200 F: (215) 732-2680


Since 1824, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania has been dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing the stories of Pennsylvania and the nation. With approximately 21 million records including manuscripts, graphics, and ephemera that span over 350 years of history, HSP bridges the past and present.  Many Great War primary source documents including posters, diaries, photographs and ephemera make this a must visit location for all interested scholars.  

Notable Collections Include:

World War I Collections list


Other Institutions:

Pennsylvania State Archives

The Pennsylvania State Archives is a bureau within the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, the official state historical agency. Holding approximately 250 million pages of records, the primary purpose of the State Archives is to collect, preserve, and make available for study the permanently valuable records of Pennsylvania State government and its interactions with its citizens. The institution also collects the private papers of citizens and organizations relevant to Pennsylvania’s history. Draft Board Records, Posters, Photographs, War History Commission Records, World War I Veterans Service Compensation Files, Maps, Letters, Newspapers, and World War I Service Medal Application Cards are just some of the items related to the Great War that researchers may view at the Pennsylvania State Archives.

The National Archives at Philadelphia

The National Archives at Philadelphia maintains the historically significant records of the Federal Agencies and Courts, in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, dating from 1789 to the present.

The Library Company of Philadelphia

The Library Company of Philadelphia is an independent research library specializing in American history and culture from the 17th through the early 20th centuries. Founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin, the Library Company is America's oldest cultural institution and has the mission to preserve, interpret, make available, and augment the valuable material in its care. From November 11, 2016 through April 21, 2017, the Library Company of Philadelphia will have on display the exhibition Together We Win: The Philadelphia Homefront During the First World War.


Last Modified: Thursday, June 26th, 2014