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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.

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

The Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia is one of the world's premier research collections in the history of medicine. The unique holdings include over 400 incunables (books printed before 1500), an extensive collection of manuscripts and archives, and a comprehensive collection of 19th and early 20th-century medical journals.

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia

The description, collection summary, and notable resources for the Athenaeum of Philadelphia

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.

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is the nation’s first museum and school of fine arts, founded in 1805 by Charles Willson Peale, and other artists and business leaders. Its permanent collection is regarded by scholars as one of the finest collections of American art in the world. In addition to its special exhibitions, PAFA offers a range of public programs that nurture a love of the fine arts. Programs include lectures, panels, and seminars; interactive gallery tours for students; after-hours events; and hands-on art-making workshops for all ages. In 2016, PAFA will present the exhibition, *World War I and American Art,* which will then travel to the New York Historical Society in 2017.

Fort Mifflin on the Delaware

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

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.

Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania

This Philadelphia-based organization offers resources and gatherings to assist users with genealogy and is coordinating efforts to research the fallen during the Great War.

The University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania is one of the oldest universities in America and, as a member of the Ivy League, one of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning.

Villanova University

The description, collection summary, and notable resources for Villanova University listing of the resources about the Great War, many of which have been digitized.

Perkasie Historical Society

Perkasie Historical Society, founded in 1954, strives to help preserve the history of Perkasie Borough. Perkasie is located approximately 30 miles north of Philadelphia. This volunteer organization relies on the support of the community as it cares for the four historic venues: the South Perkasie Covered Bridge, the Perkasie Carousel, Perkasie Museum and the Stout Family Cemetery.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Since 1824, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania has been dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing the stories of Pennsylvania and the nation.

Othmer Library of Chemical History

A brief introduction to the holdings of the The Donald F. and Milder Topp Othmer Library of Chemical History at the Chemical Heritage Foundation.

Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Digital resources on World War I at the Swarthmore College Peace Collection.


Further Resources:


This page links the descriptions and overviews of the primary material types found in World War I repositories, including: letters, photographs, scrapbooks, realia, published autobiographies, diaries,and newspapers.


Scrapbooks weave items otherwise considered ephemeral into new stories and are valuable sources for research.

Letters, Diaries and Autobiographies

Life-writings as related to the Great War are described and an overview of some of the canonical texts is provided.


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