Fondly, Pennsylvania

Fondly, Pennsylvania is a joint blog of HSP's archives, conservation, and digitization departments.  Here you will find posts on our latest projects and newest discoveries, as well as how we care for, describe, and preserve our collections.  Whether you are doing research or just curious to know more about the behind-the-scenes work that goes on at HSP, please read, explore, and join the conversation!

Author: Melissa Hozik

It is great to be back at HSP, this time in a more formal role as Rights and Reproductions Coordinator.  I oversee all the requests for images for use in research, publications, and exhibitions.  While a lot of paperwork is involved in the process, there are some tasks that have taught me more about HSP and its holdings.

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Author: Willhem Echevarria

I'm posting this on behalf of our archival volunteer Caitlin Stopper.


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Author: Faith Charlton

One of the main tasks Dana and I have been working on thus far for the Greenfield digital editing project- part of a larger effort funded by the Albert M. Greenfield Foundation- is to try to piece together the history of Bankers Trust Company, the banking institution on which our project is focused. This can at times be rather difficult due to gaps in the historical record.

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Author: Tara O'Brien

Now available for pre-order in the HSP Online Store, is Ellen Emlen's Cookbook!

The Historical Society is pleased to present the facsimile of Ellen Now available for pre-order in the HSP Online Store, is Ellen Emlen's Cookbook!

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Author: Dana Dorman

In honor of this week's holiday (yes, I'm a few days behind), I thought I'd look a few decades beyond my usual focus on the 1920s and 30s.

I am still elbow-deep in the Albert M. Greenfield papers (collection 1959), which includes materials on an impressive array of topics, events, and notable people. Even Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


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Author: Cary Hutto

Over the course of 2010, you saw several of the society’s Civil War-related collections come to light through our Digital Center for Americana project.  2011 marks the beginning of a four-year event organized by the Civil War History Consortium (CWHC) to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is a member of the CWHC, which serves as a meeting ground for organizations and researchers.

Topics: Civil War
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Author: Dana Dorman

Is it ever good news if a business associate sends you a telegram at 4 a.m.?

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Author: Matthew Lyons

What does it take to develop an active archival collecting program? How can we focus our acquisitions on the materials we really want to collect, rather than simply the ones people offer us?

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Author: Dana Dorman

Though I'm now working with more recent materials, I couldn't resist one last Civil War-related post as we approach the 150th anniversary of the war.

Much attention will be placed on the anniversary of the start of the war: April 12, 1861, the date that Confederates opened fire on the federal Fort Sumter in South Carolina. But obviously tensions had been rising for years before that final breaking point.

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