Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Resources

Hundreds of useful handbooks, guides, and histories have been written about Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. This list includes only a few of them. Please see our other research guides for more comprehensive bibliographies of the sources available.

Special Sources

Alotta, Robert. Mermaids, Monasteries, Cherokees and Custer: The Stories Behind Philadelphia Street Names. (Ref F 158.67 .A1 A45 1990)

Bibliography of Pennsylvania History.(Iindex Z 1329 .P3933)

Collins, Herman. Philadelphia: A Story of Progress[in 4 vols.]. (Ref F 158.3 .C6 1941)

Daly, John. Descriptive Inventory of the Archives of the City and County of Philadelphia. (Index CD 3478 .P5 A5 1980)

Directory of Archival and Manuscript Repositories in Southeastern Pennsylvania.(UPA CD 3471 .D57 1992)

Directory of Pennsylvania Libraries.(UPA Z 732 .P42 D572)

Dructor, Robert. Guide to Genealogical Sources at the Pennsylvania State Archives. (RDesk Z 1329 .P392 1998)

Eddy, Henry, and Martha Simonetti. Guide to the Published Archives of Pennsylvania. (UPA F 146 .P41 Index)

Espenshade, A. Howry. Pennsylvania Place Names. (UPA F 147 .E75 1969)

Guide to the Manuscript Collections of The Historical Society of Pennsylvania.(Ref Z 1329 .H69 1991)

Hoenstine, Floyd G. Guide to Genealogical and Historical Research in Pennsylvania. (Index Z 1329 .H73 1978)

Iscrupe, William, and G.M. Shirley. Pennsylvania Line: A Research Guide to Pennsylvania Genealogy & Local History. (RDesk F 148 .P448 1990)

Jackson, Joseph. Encyclopedia of Philadelphia [in 4 vols.]. (Ref F 158.3 .J15 1931)

Moak, Jefferson.  Philadelphia Street Name Changes.  (Ref F 158.67 .A1 M63 2001)

Municipal Reference Guide: Pennsylvania[in 2 vols.]. (UPA HA 601 .M86)

Oberholtzer, Ellis. Philadelphia: A History of the City and Its People [in 4 vols.]. (UPA/Ph F 158.3 .O12 1912)

Pennsylvania Archives[multiple series]. (UPA F 146 .P41)

Pennsylvania Gazette[facsimile of Colonial newspaper, 1728-89]. (UPA/Ph AN 51 .P46 P48w Folio)

Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine.(UPA F 146 .G32)

Pennsylvania History.(UPA F 146 .P597)

Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography.(UPA F 146 .P56)

Pennsylvania Manual.([UPA] Vu .5)

Philadelphia Maps, 1682-1982: Townships, Districts, Wards. (Ref G 1264 .P5 D3 1996x)

Philadelphia the Fabulous City of Firsts.  (UPA/Ph F 158.35 .F25 1976)

Pittsburgh History.(UPA F 146 .W52)

Scharff, J. Thomas, and Thompson Westcott. History of Philadelphia 1609-1884 [in 3 vols.]. (Ref F 158.3 .S4 1884)

Schweitzer, George K. Pennsylvania Genealogical Research. (Ref F 148 .S32 1993)

Stock, Walter, and Nesheena Pickron. An Urban Finding Aid for the 1880 Federal Population Census of Philadelphia. (Census UPA F 157 .P56 S76 1993)

Suran, Frank M. Guide to the Record Groups in the Pennsylvania State Archives. (Index CD 3474 .P47 1980)

Tatman, Sandra L., and Roger W. Moss. Biographical Dictionary of Philadelphia Architects, 1700-1930. (Ref NA 735 .P5 T28 1985)

Wainwright, Nicholas B. Philadelphia in the Romantic Age of Lithography. (Ref NE 2311 .P5 W3 1970 Folio)

Watson, John F. Annals of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania [in 3 vols.]. (Ref F 158.3 .W75 1887)

Weigley, Russell F. Philadelphia: A 300-Year History. (UPA/Ph F 158.3 .P5664 1982)

Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine.(UPA F 146 .W52)

Western Pennsylvania History. (UPA F 146 .W52)

Woodroofe, Helen. A Genealogist's Guide to Pennsylvania. (RDesk F 148 .W66 1994)

Young, John R. Memorial History of the City of Philadelphia [in 2 vols]. (UPA/Ph F 158.3 .Y8 1895)

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Afro-Americana 1553-1906: Author Catalog of the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.(Index Z 1361 .N39 P48 1973)

Bumbrey, Jefferey Nordlinger. A Guide to the Microfilm Publication of the Papers of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. (Index MFilm UPA HT 853 .P48 B86 1976)

Carson, Hampton L. A History of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania [in 2 vols.]. (Ref F 146 .P57 1940)

Druckman, Melissa. Guide to the Microfilm of the Archives of Old Christ Church Philadelphia. (Index MFilm UPA/Ph CD 3479 .P47 D78 1981)

Guide to the Manuscript Collections of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.(Ref Z 1329 .H69 1991)

Guide to the Microfilm of the Papers of William Penn.(Index MFilm UPA F 152.2 .P3957 1975)

King, Cornelia S. American Education 1622-1860. Printed Works in the Collection of the American Philosophical Society, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the Library Company of Philadelphia. (Index Z 5815 .U5 K56  1984 Folio)

King, Cornelia S. Philanthropy 1731-1860. Printed Works in the Collections of the American Philosophical Society, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the Library Company of Philadelphia. (Index Z 7164 .C4 K56 1984 Folio)

Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography.(UPA F 146 .P65)

Tucher, Andrea J. Agriculture in America 1622-1860. Printed Works in the Collections of the American Philosophical Society, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the Library Company of Philadelphia. (Index Z 5075 .U5 T83  1984 Folio)

Tucher, Andrea J. Natural History in America. 1609-1860. Printed Works in the Collections of the American Philosophical Society, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, and the Library Company of Philadelphia. (Index Z 7408 .U6 T8 1985 Folio)

Wainwright, Nicholas B. Guide to the Microfilm Edition of the Thomas Penn Papers. (Index UPA F 152.2 .P4 A3 1968)

Wainwright, Nicholas B. One Hundred and Fifty Years of Collecting by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1824-1974. (UPA F 146 .P578 1974)

Wainwright, Nicholas B. Paintings and Miniatures at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. (Ref N 683 .A5 1974)

Wainwright, Nicholas B. Philadelphia in the Romantic Age of Lithography. (Ref NE 2311 .P5 W3  1970 Folio)

West, Lucy Fisher. Guide to the Microfilm Edition of the James Buchanan Papers. (Index MFilm Z 6616 .B865 B8 1974)

West, Lucy Fisher. Guide to the Microfilm of the Papers of Tench Coxe in the Coxe Family Papers at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. (Index MFilm UPA/Ph Z 6616 .C755 W47 1977)

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