Featured Collections

 

The finding aids linked to this page are designed to enhance catalog records on our on-line catalog WolfPAC by providing descriptions and lists of the contents of graphics and ephemera collections accompanied by a representative sampling of images from each collection. Finding aids can be accessed both through links from this page and from WolfPAC. As additional collections are processed, the Library Company plans to expand the number and scope of the collections featured here.

 

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Photograph Album

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Photograph Album

Album containing 129 cyanotype photographs depicting railroad bridges and stations along the Philadelphia division of the B & O Railroad in 1891.

Bisler Paper Box Factory Photographs

Bisler Paper Box Factory Photographs

Collection of 168 early 20th-century photograph documenting workers, facilities and machinery at the G.A. Bisler’s paper box factory at 245-255 North 6 th Street in Philadelphia.

Brightbill Collection

Brightbill Collection

Collection of approximately 5400 postcards documenting Philadelphia buildings, events and street scenes from circa 1900 to 1940 collected by George D. Brightbill, digitized by Bryn Mawr College student, Cary Cuper and updated by Graphics Assistant, Linda Wisniewski. Includes inventory and a small sampling of digitized images.

Great Central Fair Photograph Collection

Great Central Fair Photograph Collection

Collection of 87 photographs collected by Philadelphia antiquarian John Archibald McAllister (1822-1896) documenting the Great Central or Sanitary Fair held June 7-28,1864 on Logan Circle. The fair was one of several national fairs held during the Civil War that benefited the U.S. Sanitary Commission, a Union soldier relief organization, and featured a wide variety of art, craft, and historical exhibits.

Gutekunst Pennsylvania Railroad Stereographs

Gutekunst Pennsylvania Railroad Stereographs

Collection of 142 stereographic views documenting the Philadelphia, Middle, and Pittsburgh divisions of the Pennsylvania Railroad issued by Philadelphia photographer Frederick Gutekunst (1831-1917) circa 1875.

Jennings Photograph Collection

Jennings Photograph Collection

Inventory created by Graphics Assistant, Linda Wisniewski describing approximately 1400 early 20th-century photographs created by Philadelphia photographer William Nicholson Jennings (1860-1946) primarily documenting Philadelphia buildings and street scenes. Includes selected digital images of images of Philadelphia apartment buildings and hotels.

Mower Civil War Hospital Photographs

Mower Civil War Hospital Photographs

Collection of 21 photographic views by Philadelphia photographer John Moran (1831-1903) depicting Mower General Hospital, a temporary Civil War hospital designed by John McArthur, Jr. located in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia.

Municipal Pier Construction Photographs

Municipal Pier Construction Photographs

Collection of 87 progress photographs documenting the construction of municipal piers on the Delaware River waterfront under the auspices of the Philadelphia Department of Wharves, Docks and Ferries, 1917-1921.

Ogontz School for Girls Album

Ogontz School for Girls Album

Album containing 210 photographs compiled by Ida F. Drew, a student at Ogontz School for Girls, documenting the 1892-1893 school year. Depicts interior and exterior views of the campus; candid and formal portraits of students, friends, and family; and views of excursions and recreational activities.

Wainwright Lithograph Collection

Wainwright Lithograph Collection

Features 285 of the lithographic prints described by Nicholas B. Wainwright in his book Philadelphia in the Romantic Age of Lithography: An illustrated history of early lithography in Philadelphia with a descriptive list of Philadelphia scenes made by Philadelphia lithographers before 1866 (Philadelphia: The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1958) held by the Library Company.

George Mark Wilson Photograph Collection

George Mark Wilson Photograph Collection

Collection of 244 early 1920s photographs taken by amateur George Mark Wilson depicting the diversity of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods, ethnic and religious groups, and architecture. Exhibition features 46 Wilson photographs.