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History: Philadelphia Area

Guide to history research at Temple University Libraries

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Explore the Backgrounders: Connecting History with Headlines section for historical essays and sources related to current news topics in Philadelphia.

Contemporary Issues in Philadelphia

History at Temple University

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The following TULibraries' databases and research tools will help users track down both paper and digital archives. The list includes links to digital collections, virtual exhibitions, and finding aids of TULibraries' Special Collections Research Center (SCRC). 

PhillyHistory Blog

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Secondary Sources: Good Starting Points

Key Databases

Key Journal Titles

Selected Philadelphia Newspapers Online

Area Libraries, Archives, and Primary Source Repositories

The following Philadelphia-area libraries and archives together constitute one of the richest repositories of primary source material in the United States.

Featured Digital Humanities Project

Mapping Vice in Early Twentieth-Century Philadelphia (Stanford University): "This visualization is a tool to explore the distribution of prostitution arrests in Philadelphia during the 20th century. It uses a sample of approximately 25% of data collected on just over 4,000 police arrest records (1,124 total records used) for disorderly street conduct from 1912 to 1918. In addition to data on arrest location, charge, and sentence, these records also contain personal information such as age, gender, ethnicity, nationality, and home addresses of those arrested. Our study area focuses on the city center of Philadelphia near the intersection of Market and Broad Street, where most prostitution arrests occurred. Two neighborhoods of particular interest are the Tenderloin, a de facto red-light district, and the 7th Ward, an official city unit with a high concentration of Black residents."

Philadelphia Maps, Photos, Buildings, and Locations