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Studies in Creative Writing - The Writer and the Archive: ENG 4096

Research help for the course, The Writer and the Archive.

What's So Great About Maps & Images?

1786 map of PhiladelphiaMaps and images are great sources of inspiration for creative writers because they can:

  • show changes in a neighborhood over time
  • identify specific buildings, companies, homes, individuals, etc.
  • reveal old geographic landmarks, old street names, etc.
  • show details regarding what neighborhoods, buildings, and individuals looked like during specific periods of time

Search Tip

tipNot sure if the street you're interested in underwent name changes over time?

Try using the Philadelphia Historic Streets Index -- a searchable database of street name changes within Philadelphia, compiled from original road records, docket books, jury decisions, and surveys held by the Philadelphia City Archives.

Locate Online Maps & Images

Locate Online Maps & Images of Philadelphia