The Library Company of Philadelphia

1314 Locust Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19107,
www.librarycompany.org
(215) 546-8229

Summary:

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. The Library serves a diverse constituency throughout Philadelphia and internationally, offering comprehensive reader services, an internationally renowned fellowship program, online catalogs, and regular exhibitions and public programs. Open to the public free of charge, the Library Company houses an extensive collection of rare books, manuscripts, broadsides, ephemera, prints, photographs, and works of art including material relating to World War One. 

 

World War One Resources:

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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. Co-curated by Reference Librarian Linda August and Curator of Prints and Photographs Sarah Weatherwax, this exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of America’s entrance into the war and the sacrifices and contributions Philadelphians made to the Allied cause. More specifically, the exhibition examines the role that the Library Company, its staff and its shareholders, played in supporting the war effort. Books, photographs, audio clips of World War I era music, home-made Allied flags, a scrapbook, and other ephemera will explore the story of the city and its residents during the war years and their immediate aftermath.

For more information about the exhibition and upcoming programming, please visit: http://togetherwewin.librarycompany.org/


The Library Company of Philadelphia’s World War One graphics collection primarily consists of posters encouraging military recruitment, the purchase of liberty bonds, support for the Red Cross, and home front frugality and photographs of the Philadelphia Navy Yard and patriotic parades and rallies held around Philadelphia.

The digitized collection materials can be found on ImPAC, the Library Company's digital collections catalog:

Link to World War One Posters

Link to World War One Photographs and Ephemera

A selection of these digitized images can be found on Flickr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/library-company-of-philadelphia/sets/72157640298734693/ 

 

Other Institutions:

Fort Mifflin on the Delaware

This museum preserves and maintains this Revolutionary War era fort and offers extensive programming to the public.

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.

 


Last Modified: Thursday, January 19th, 2017