The Library Company of Philadelphia
Background and History
One of the last independent research libraries that’s free and open to the public, the Library Company of Philadelphia is an undiscovered gem. Specializing in American history and culture, the Library Company has its own rich American history, having served as the Library of Congress from the Revolutionary War up to the year 1800, the largest public library in the country until the Civil War, and currently America’s oldest cultural institution since its foundation in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin. This institute exemplifies the historical qualities of Philadelphia itself and houses an extensive collection of rare books, manuscripts, broadsides, ephemera, prints, photographs, and works of art including one of the most significant collections of historically valuable manuscripts and printed material in the United States. The mission of the Library Company is to preserve, interpret, make available, and augment the valuable materials in our care.
Updates and Notes of Interest
Those who know where to look can find tomes of a non-mundame nature.
Musty secrets around every corner.
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